The Glory Stompers


1h 25m 1967
The Glory Stompers

Brief Synopsis

A tough motorcycle gang leader abducts a rival and his girlfriend.

Film Details

Genre
Action
Adventure
Release Date
Nov 22, 1967
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Norman T. Herman Productions
Distribution Company
American International Pictures
Country
United States
Location
California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

In an isolated wood, Chino and his rebel motorcycle gang, The Black Souls, capture Darryl, leader of a rival gang called The Glory Stompers, and Darryl's girl friend, Chris. One of the Black Souls, Magoo, attempts to rape Chris, and Chino beats up Darryl. Subsequently, the whole gang jumps Darryl, leaves him for dead, and heads for a border town to sell Chris to Mexican white slavers. In the meantime, Chino's advances toward Chris infuriate Jo Ann, his "momma." A disillusioned former Glory Stomper named Smiley, now traveling alone, happens upon the merely wounded Darryl, and together they set out to rescue Chris. En route they hear about a scheduled love-in, but upon arriving at the scene they learn that Chino and his gang have already left for the border. And so Darryl and Smiley head for the Black Souls hideout, where Chris is being guarded by Chino's admiring younger brother, Paul. Magoo, returning from the love-in alone, again tries to rape Chris. But soon Darryl, Smiley, and Chino also arrive, and a furious battle ensues. Paul is motorcycled to death by Magoo, who in turn is shot down, and Jo Ann accidentally kills Chino with a knife intended for Darryl. The bloody conflict over, Chris and Darryl are now free to go on to a better life.

Film Details

Genre
Action
Adventure
Release Date
Nov 22, 1967
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Norman T. Herman Productions
Distribution Company
American International Pictures
Country
United States
Location
California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

The Glory Stompers


Dennis Hopper was well on his way to becoming a New Hollywood auteur when he signed on to play the leader of an outlaw biker gang in The Glory Stompers (1967), shot two years before his breakthrough as the writer-director of Easy Rider (1969). By Hopper's own account, his micromanagement of what should have been an easy two-week shoot, his insistence on multiple retakes, and his need to oversee every aspect of his performance drove first-time director Anthony Lanza to a nervous breakdown, resulting in Hopper taking it upon himself to finish the film. Made on the heels of Roger Corman's The Wild Angels (1966) - which had featured Hopper's Easy Rider costar Peter Fonda - The Glory Stompers was a western retrofit for Harleys, with Hopper and his MC club kidnapping another biker's girl, with pursuit of the bad guys (The Black Souls) by the good guys (the eponymous Stompers, fronted by Jody McCrea, son of Joel, and former movie Tarzan Jock Mahoney) stretching out over hundreds of miles of Southern California blacktop into the Mexican high desert. Writing in The New York Times in March 1968, critic Howard Thompson derided The Glory Stompers as "just about rock bottom, with two groups of filthy, lecherous young animals... warring against each other, with time out for orgies." Thompson's condemnation was a veritable welcome mat for the drive-in and grindhouse trade, who turned the grimy little $100,000 programmer into a $3.5 million success.

By Richard Harland Smith
The Glory Stompers

The Glory Stompers

Dennis Hopper was well on his way to becoming a New Hollywood auteur when he signed on to play the leader of an outlaw biker gang in The Glory Stompers (1967), shot two years before his breakthrough as the writer-director of Easy Rider (1969). By Hopper's own account, his micromanagement of what should have been an easy two-week shoot, his insistence on multiple retakes, and his need to oversee every aspect of his performance drove first-time director Anthony Lanza to a nervous breakdown, resulting in Hopper taking it upon himself to finish the film. Made on the heels of Roger Corman's The Wild Angels (1966) - which had featured Hopper's Easy Rider costar Peter Fonda - The Glory Stompers was a western retrofit for Harleys, with Hopper and his MC club kidnapping another biker's girl, with pursuit of the bad guys (The Black Souls) by the good guys (the eponymous Stompers, fronted by Jody McCrea, son of Joel, and former movie Tarzan Jock Mahoney) stretching out over hundreds of miles of Southern California blacktop into the Mexican high desert. Writing in The New York Times in March 1968, critic Howard Thompson derided The Glory Stompers as "just about rock bottom, with two groups of filthy, lecherous young animals... warring against each other, with time out for orgies." Thompson's condemnation was a veritable welcome mat for the drive-in and grindhouse trade, who turned the grimy little $100,000 programmer into a $3.5 million success. By Richard Harland Smith

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Released in United States on Video October 31, 1989

Released in United States Fall November 22, 1967

Released in United States November 22, 1967

Released in United States Fall November 22, 1967

Released in United States November 22, 1967

Released in United States October 31, 1989

Released in United States on Video October 31, 1989

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Released in United States October 31, 1989