The Jesus Trip
Cast & Crew
When Waco and his gang of bikers are stopped at the Arizona border by Clay Tarboro, a suspicious state trooper who orders them to pull over, the bikers speed off, after which Waco is wounded when the patrolman fires at them. Down the road, the bikers find themselves menaced by a helicopter flying overhead which disappears as soon as Tarboro's car appears. To avoid the police and the helicopter, the gang takes refuge in a convent, where a young novice, Sister Anna, tends to Waco's wound. The gang is puzzled about why the police were so interested in them until gang member Pinole discovers that one of their bikes has been packed with heroin and they realize that the helicopter was being flown by drug dealers who surreptitiously loaded the drugs onto the bike, planning to retrieve it once they crossed the border. The next morning, Tarboro's car pulls up outside the convent gates and the gang sends out Anna to allay his suspicions. Although the gang manages to disarm Tarboro, the patrolman belligerently states that they are all under arrest, incurring the wrath of the bikers who then beat him. When a nun uses the radio in Tarboro's car to alert headquarters, the bikers take Anna and Tarboro hostage and speed off past the amassing troopers. After the gang abandons Tarboro along the roadside, he swears revenge. Gang members Folsom and Inka then ride into town to buy supplies while Waco, Anna and the others ride to a lake where they all plan to regroup later. There, Anna, who has grown attached to Waco, exchanges her nun's robes for a pair of overalls, signaling her willingness to join the others. Upon heading out again, they are beset upon by the helicopter, but manage to shoot it down with Tarboro's gun. Pinole then leads them to the village in which he spent his childhood, but upon arriving there, they discover it has become a ghost town. Three of the gang then ride to a nearby town to buy food, but once there, get drunk and spend the night in a motel. The next morning, they are awakened by Tarboro and several of his vigilante friends, who tie them up and take them out into the desert where they bury them up to their necks in sand, planning to torture them into revealing the location of the others. When the three refuse to cooperate, the vigilantes pull one of the bikers out of the ground, and drag him by a noose slung around his neck until he tells them what they want to know. They then kick him down a gully, where he is later found by the two other bikers once they have extracted themselves from the loosely packed dirt. At the village, meanwhile, when Anna goes to the well for some water she is startled by Tarboro, who handcuffs her to a tree while his vigilante friends begin shooting at Waco and the others. When the bikers take refuge in the church, the vigilantes surround the building but hold their fire when the other three bikers appear, allowing them to join their friends in the church. Setting a trap for the vigilantes, the bikers stop firing, leading Tarboro and his friends to believe they are dead, thus luring them inside the church. The ruse works, and once the vigilantes enter, Waco overtakes Tarboro. However, when Tarboro jumps Waco, a fight ensues, which comes to a sudden end when Anna breaks free and runs to the church, where she fires one of the vigilante's rifles. Anna then informs Tarboro that she left the church voluntarily and was not kidnapped, after which Waco proves that they were not involved in smuggling the heroin by throwing the drugs into the fire. Apparently satisfied of Waco's innocence, Tarboro pockets his pistol and leaves with his friends. After embracing Anna, Waco walks over to a fallen statue of the Madonna and sets it upright. Just then, shots ring out, killing Waco. Some time later, Anna stands over Waco's grave, bathed in a golden light.
According to a July 1972 Box Office news item, the film's title was changed to Ravaged after its initial release. Although onscreen credits contain a copyright statement, the film was not registered for copyright at the time of its release. Emco was an independent distribution company headed by David Baugh and Eve Meyer, who had been married to exploitation film maker Russ Meyer. The film marked the last appearance of Jenny Hecht (30 July 1943-25 March 1971), the daughter of writer Ben Hecht. According to the Variety review, location filming was done around Yuma and Brawley, AZ.
Released in United States 1971
Released in United States 1971