Riot on Sunset Strip
|Riot on Sunset Strip|
|Directed by||Arthur Dreifuss|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
|Written by||Orville H. Hampton|
|Music by||Fred Karger|
|Edited by||Ben Lewis|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures|
|Box office||$1,200,000 (US/ Canada)|
Riot on Sunset Strip is a 1967 low-budget counterculture-era exploitation movie, released by American International Pictures. It was filmed and released within six weeks of the late-1966 Sunset Strip curfew riots.
The film stars Frank Alesia, Aldo Ray, Mimsy Farmer, Michael Evans, Anna Strasberg, Laurie Mock, Gene Kirkwood, Tim Rooney, and features musical appearances by The Standells and The Chocolate Watch Band. Earlier that year, Farmer, Mock and Kirkwood appeared in the cult classic Hot Rods to Hell, where Farmer portrayed the bad girl and Mock a vulnerable virgin. In this film, they switched characters.
The film attempts to capture the essence of the period around the Sunset Strip riot, and also adds a subplot that revolves around a young girl's troubled relationship with her divorced parents. Her dosage with LSD by a would-be seductor, the subsequent 'acid trip' she experiences, and her later discovery by a police sergeant as the victim of gang rape, are among the movie's peak moments.
The film is now available on DVD through the MGM Limited Edition Collection.
The garage punk classic song, "Riot On Sunset Strip", was written for the film by Tony Valentino and John Fleck of the Standells.
- List of American films of 1967
- Hippie exploitation films
- Captivity narratives
- Rape and revenge films
- "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. These figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.
- 'Riot' Takes Superficial Look at LSD Parties Clifford, Terry. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 08 May 1967: b8.
- Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p263