Wild Hogs

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Wild Hogs
promotional movie poster
Directed by Walt Becker
Produced by Kristin Burr
Todd Lieberman
Brian Robbins
Amy Sayres
Sharla Sumpter
Michael Tollin
Written by Brad Copeland
Starring Tim Allen
John Travolta
Martin Lawrence
William H. Macy
Ray Liotta
Marisa Tomei
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Robbie Greenberg
Edited by Christopher Greenbury
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • March 2, 2007 (2007-03-02)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60 million
Box office $253,625,427[1]

Wild Hogs is a 2007 biker comedy road film directed by Walt Becker and starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. It was released nationwide in the United States and Canada on March 2, 2007.


The opening scenes introduce our four middle-aged protagonists, who live in a Cincinnati suburb. They each find themselves frustrated with the pace of daily life and its lack of adventure. Doug Madsen (Tim Allen) is a dentist who has trouble relating to his son; Woody Stevens (John Travolta) is a successful lawyer with a supermodel wife in the process of a divorce; Bobby Davis (Martin Lawrence) is a henpecked plumber whose wife has made him return to work after having taken a year off to unsuccessfully write a book; and the unmarried Dudley Frank (William H. Macy) is a computer programmer who is afraid to talk to women.

On weekends, they ride their Harley-Davidson motorcycles, pretending to be a biker gang called the Wild Hogs.

To escape their boring routines, Woody suggests a road trip to California. Along the way, they have several comical moments until they have run-in with the Del Fuegos, a real biker gang headed by bad guy Jack (Ray Liotta). After accidentally causing the Del Fuegos' roadhouse to burn down, the Wild Hogs flee only to end up out of gas in Madrid, New Mexico. There the townspeople mistake them for the Del Fuegos. After explaining who they are, our heroes learn that the Del Fuegos have been terrorizing the town for some time. The ineffectual sheriff (Stephen Tobolowsky) and his deputies are powerless to stop them.

During their stay in Madrid, Dudley falls in love with Maggie (Marisa Tomei), the owner of Madrid's diner. She in turn falls for him because of his honesty.

The Del Fuegos show up and threaten to burn down Maggie's diner unless the Hogs pay for the gang's roadhouse. Dudley stands up to the bikers and is taken captive. The other three Hogs decide to take a stand to protect the diner but are repeatedly beaten down by the gang. Predictably, the previously acquiescent townspeople band together and confront the Del Fuegos.

But before anything happens, Damien Blade—the founder of the Del Fuegos—arrives and orders the gang to back off. Blade (Henry Fonda) berates Jack for letting four "posers" hold off an entire gang. He orders the Del Fuegos to leave town and ride the open road until they remember what riding is really about!

After Dudley promises Maggie that he will return, the Wild Hogs take off for the coast and the movie ends with them riding along the beach in Southern California. They are now four confident men at peace with their lots in life. Like so many contemporary movies, the movie does not end at its end: the end credits carry on several of the movie's plot lines and the viewer is well advised to sit through them.



Travolta and Macy had previously worked together in the 1998 drama, A Civil Action. Liotta and Durand had previously appeared together in the 2006 action thriller Smokin' Aces. Lawrence and McGinley appeared in the 1997 comedy Nothing to Lose. Lawrence and Arnold had previously worked together on the television series Martin; many fans of the series found their pairing in this film humorous, as well as ironic, as in the series, their characters hated each other, while in the film they were husband and wife.[citation needed]

Though the film takes place in various places throughout the U.S., the entire movie was actually filmed in New Mexico (except the beach on the West Coast at the end).[citation needed] The opening scenes that supposedly take place in Cincinnati were actually filmed in and around Albuquerque; the final scenes said to depict Madrid were actually shot there.[citation needed]


Harley-Davidson provided the motorcycles for the making of this film.[citation needed]

Many of the motorcycles utilized by the Del Fuego gang were customized choppers. The motorcycle used by Jack featured the logo for Orange County Choppers, run by Paul Teutul, Sr. with design work by Paul Teutul, Jr.. Both Teutuls have cameo appearances at the beginning of the film.[citation needed]

Tim Allen, a noted automotive designer and hobbyist, gave input to the design of his motorcycle. Of the bikes used in the film by the four main characters, his is the most customized model.[citation needed]

Background notes[edit]

The Motorcycle Riders Association's classes on motorcycle safety often point to the opening sequence in the film Wild Hogs for examples of things not to do when riding.[citation needed]

Jill Hennessy, who portrays Doug's wife, is a motorcycle enthusiast herself.[citation needed]


Critical response[edit]

Wild Hogs opened on March 2, 2007 to mostly negative reviews. The film holds an average rating of 3.8/10 on website Rotten Tomatoes, with 14% of 141 reviews being positive.

Ty Burr of The Boston Globe compared the film's merits to its titular motorcycles, believing it to be "a bumptious weekend ride... the engine could use tuning and the plugs are shot, but it gets you most of the way there." Although writing a negative review, Burr offered praise for the film's final act, believing it "takes a satisfying turn" and that, with the exception of Allen, each of the film's primary cast members "earned his designated chuckle." He also favorably compared the film to RV, another comedy film focusing on a road trip.[2]

Box office[edit]

Despite negative reviews, the film grossed $39.6 million on its opening weekend, ranking #1 in box office sales and nearly tripling the debut of fellow opener Zodiac.[3] The film performed well throughout its entire run, falling just 30.5% in its second weekend[4] and ultimately grossing $168.2 million domestically and $252.8 million worldwide,[1] becoming Travolta's first film since The General's Daughter in 1999 to gross over $100 million domestically.[citation needed]


In March 2007, the Hells Angels filed suit against Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group alleging that the film used both the name and distinctive logo of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation without permission.[5] That suit resulted in voluntary dismissal.[6]

DVD release[edit]

Wild Hogs was released on standard DVD and Blu-ray Disc on August 14, 2007.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations[edit]

People's Choice Awards


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