The Limit


1h 30m 1972

Brief Synopsis

Two Los Angeles police officers have formed a friendship with the tough African American leader of a biker gang. This creates conflict within the gang, because the second in command is an ambitious man who abducts the leader's pregnant girlfriend and takes her on a dangerous ride out of spite. The p

Film Details

Also Known As
Speed Limit: 65
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jun 1972
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
New Era Communications; Speed Limit Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
The Cannon Group, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

Synopsis

In Los Angeles, black motorcycle police officer Mark Johnson patrols gang-infested neighborhoods with his white partner and best friend, Jeff McMillan. One afternoon, Mark has a run-in with a gang known as The Virgins, whose leader, Big Donnie, is taken aback by the policeman's understanding, dignified demeanor despite the gang's constant derision. When Mark advises Donnie not to continue to allow his heavily pregnant girl friend, Judy, to ride a motorbike, the gang leader agrees. Later, after Donnie actively seeks Mark out for advice, the Virgins' second-in-command, Kenny, reacts with outrage. In retaliation he tracks Mark down, but not finding the policeman at home, angrily beats up Mark's girl friend Margret instead. Kenny then goes to Donnie's house and after convincing Judy to ride with him, purposely causes an accident, hoping to injure her. After learning of the attack on Margret, Mark searches for Kenny and the two men confront each other after a wild cycle chase. Although Kenny succeeds in slashing Mark's throat, the policeman overpowers the biker and takes him into custody before being rushed to a hospital where doctors save his life, allowing him to return to patrolling the streets.

Film Details

Also Known As
Speed Limit: 65
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jun 1972
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
New Era Communications; Speed Limit Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
The Cannon Group, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color

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Trivia

Notes

The working title of this unviewed film was Speed Limit 65. The Limit marked the only producing, writing and directing credit for star Yaphet Kotto. The Box Office review noted that Kotto was heavily involved with production company New Era Communications, which it described as an "organization formed to help minority workers in the entertainment field." The Limit was the company's only production. According to Filmfacts, The Limit was shot in and around Los Angeles. Hollywood Reporter production charts add Gus Peters, Robert Rockwell and Son Hooker to the cast. Modern sources add David Louis Hirschman, Shayle Israel Hirschman, Susan Andrea Hirschman and Dirty Denny to the cast.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1972

Released in United States 1972