- Acting of Lead Performers
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- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
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Hot rods to hell-for us
This unintentional hilarious movie is something else. Dana Andrews is a good actor however at times he can seem affected or trying too hard. The crazed 'teenage punks' are a very telling clue in how the writer perceived this type of culture. It probably soured many a conservative person to dislike Hot Rods etc. I liked the movie but have to admit if I had been a kid in this scenario I would have been terrified too scared to see the humor in it. It is a testament to how people remember the 1960's but not how it really was. Too bad students of film history could not have a more accurate view of Hot Rods roots in Americana. Overall, good movie, somewhat dated. I would be interested to know how this did at the box office.
First generation fan
- john province
My sister and I saw this on TV in 1968, and appreciated its deliciously corny performances even as children. Its become our go to movie for family gatherings. A whole new cult has developed from the hot rods, which are now priceless collector's items. Be sure to catch the sequel, "Riot on the Sunset Strip" where Mimsy and Laurie switch good girl/bad girl roles.
A lesson in defensive driving
Expected very little of this film,but enjoyed it for Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crain. They've worked well together before. Hated the hot rod punks
a classic "road trip" film
- Bruce R.
I watched it for the first time on TVwhen I was 10 years old. Since then,every time I see it I like it even more.With its combination of speed-crazed teens, stretches of deserted highway and an encounter with a drunk driver, this film will make you think about alternate transportation for that long-distance trip! Also, maybe a "What Not To Do"film for drivers ed class.
a good teenage movie
well you know this was a movie that was filmed in my area. My wife and i went to see this movie of all places at a drive-in when were teenagers. this is corny film but there's something attractive maybe it's actors(Andrews and Crane) they're veterans of film noir. Even my daughter likes this movie.
a true cult classic!
great movie. Please make available on DVD. a cool movie to show the generation gap from the point of view of the older generation. Campy, ridiculous, and alot of fun!! Two republican hoods chasing down a family in their respectable middle class car!
HOT RODS TO HELL "I DON'T THINK SO!"
I agree with Mike's comments: the acting is over the top and the plot is ridiculous. As a baby boomer, it might have been scary to me then but with the way things are now, no way! In short, the only thing cool about this movie was the hot rods.
Hot Rod HOOTnanny!
- Mike Frithiof
This movie is hilarious, from the over dramatic acting to the ridicualous plot! If you like 60's camp, then this is the movie for you. We loved the "terrifying" docker clad, clean cut punks, to the crazed, gyrating, dancing teens. Our "hero" turned from milk toast wimp to tire iron toating, enlighened super hero. Not sure of the moral lessons that are being promoted, some about the evils of society and some, just plain evil. A hoot for the whole family!
A must see for Americans
This is a little known gem to the appreciative American of traditional hot rod culture. On a list of "Hollywood Knights, Hot Rod Girl, and Hot Rod Gang, this movie ranks up there. I'm so thrilled to see it on TCM !!!! I highly endorse it and believe it should be preserved and made more available on DVD.