The Savage Seven

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The Savage Seven
Savage seven.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Rush
Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff
Dick Clark
James H. Nicholson
Screenplay by Michael Fisher
Story by Rosalind Ross
Starring Robert Walker Jr.
Joanna Frank
Music by Mike Curb
Jerry Styner
Cinematography László Kovács
Edited by Renn Reynolds
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date
  • May 1968 (1968-05)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,100,000 (US/ Canada rentals)[1]

The Savage Seven is a 1968 exploitation film (in the outlaw biker film subgenre) directed by Richard Rush. The film marks the screen acting debut of Penny Marshall.[2] Rush says he agreed to the do the film as a sort of sequel to Hells Angels on Wheels in exchange for being able to make Haight-Ashbury film Psych-Out.[3]


Kisum, the leader of a motorcycle gang is in love with waitress Marcia Little Hawk. Her brother Johnnie Little Hawk, the leader of a group of Native Americans, is not happy about the two of them being together. The two groups alternate between being allies and adversaries, eventually joining forces, but a scheme by crooked businessmen force them at odds with each other.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Robert Walker Jr. Johnnie
Joanna Frank Marcia
John Garwood Stud
Larry Bishop Joint
Adam Roarke Kisum
Max Julien Grey Wolf
Richard Anders Bull
Duane Eddy Eddie
Billy "Green" Bush Seely
Penny Marshall Tina

Critical reception[edit]

From Richard F. Sheperd of The New York Times:


  • "The Ballad of the Savage Seven"

Lyrics by Guy Hemric Music by Val Johns (as Valjean Johns) Performed by The American Revolution

  • "Traffic Jam"

Performed by Johnny and the Hurricanes Written by D Yorko, T King, I Mack

Written by Cream Performed by The American Revolution


  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15 and "Big Rental Films of 1968", Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
  2. ^ "Penny Marshall Interview - Dick Clark and Cast of 1000's". YouTube. 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2012-12-20. 
  3. ^ Murray, Noel (June 13, 2011). "Interview: Richard Rush". AV Club. Retrieved June 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ Richard F. Shepard. (1968-08-22). "Movie Review - L Occhio Selvaggio - Just Plain Brutal -". Retrieved 2014-07-04. 

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