Riot on Sunset Strip

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Riot on Sunset Strip
Film poster
Directed by Arthur Dreifuss
Produced by Sam Katzman
Written by Orville H. Hampton
Starring Frank Alesia
Aldo Ray
Mimsy Farmer
Michael Evans
Anna Strasberg
Tim Rooney
Music by Fred Karger
Cinematography Paul Vogel
Edited by Ben Lewis
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date
  • March 18, 1967 (1967-03-18)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,200,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

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.[2]

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.

Production notes[edit]

The garage punk classic song, "Riot On Sunset Strip", was written for the film by Tony Valentino and John Fleck of the Standells.

The film was made for MGM but they could not move fast enough to release it so Katzman sold it to American International Pictures.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. These figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.
  2. ^ 'Riot' Takes Superficial Look at LSD Parties Clifford, Terry. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 08 May 1967: b8.
  3. ^ Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p263

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