Friday, August 28, 2009

THE REBEL ROUSERS - William Loose - "Well, We're Still Alive" (1970)

A year after "Easy Rider" and Jack is still playing second fiddle to the likes of Cameron Mitchell and Bruce Dern, a couple of interesting characters themselves for sure, but as successful as Bruce and Cameron's careers were, they would never ever attain the level of star-power Jack Nicholson was headed for! Here he only gets credits as one of the gang, but that's just the way it seems, you see, because this film was actually shot in 1967, but was shelved and not realesed until 1970 after Jack's star started shining ever so brighter!!!

This would be Jack's last small-time biker/indie/horror film, and it seems like there would be no looking back for Jack except to see what was coming up in the rearview mirror!!

The Rousers are in town, and their leader Bruce Dern as J.J, chances upon an old high school football chum Paul Collier, played by Cameron Mitchell!!

The local Mexican Police Force doesn't seem to care that the Rousers are there, it's just business as usual!

Cameron checks into the best and only 5 Star Hotel in town!!

Meanwhile, across from the "Economy Gas" station, at the local cantina, The Rebel Rousers have checked in, and it's time to get down and party!!!

The awesome theme and all the music including this wild bar scene are brought to you by the incredible William Loose, a composer with credits from here to TJ and back!

The fantabulous Harry Dean Stanton as Randolph Halverson does his weirdo/politcal/biker thing, which makes this band of misfits even further out!

The locals don't seem like they could even give a diddly-shit what's going on as long as the Schlitz is flowing freely!!!

This gal, although she looks like she likes to party, has had enough of this debauchery, and it's time to call the cops!!!

But it just might be a little too late!!!

This is one of those "I just like that shot" pictures of Diane Ladd outside of the Hotel where she was meeting Cameron Mitchell as part of a whole freakin' soap opera side storyline!

I wonder if jack had the same kind of contract as Sean Connery in the James Bond movies, where he got to keep all the clothes he wore during the production, because I'm sure he wanted to keep those striped jailbird pants!! If you have not seen every one of Jack's films, then literally, you don't know Jack!!


Prof. Grewbeard said...

what next, Five Easy Rider Pieces?...

Darfish said...

I love Jack.

Christopher said...

this has gotta be better than the Bruce Dern biker movie I watched last night,Cycle Savages,which includes one of the most laughable justifications for biker revenge.."Quit drawing pictures of me!!"

Greg Goodsell said...

OOH! OOH! I got to ask Jack Nicholson ONE question at a horror convention when he was promoting WOLF back in the Nineties. I asked him about this picture, and he said this film was financed entirely with credit cards and only released theatrical paly in the state of Oregon!

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