The Hard Ride (1971)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Release Date - Apr 22, 1971 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG
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World-weary Vietnam veteran Phil Mittsommernacht (Robert Fuller of TV's Wagon Train and Emergency!) returns to the States with the body of his black fellow Marine and a promise to fulfill. With his pal's gleaming chopper, "Baby," he takes to the open road, where his burial plans clash with his pal's late girlfriend (Sherry Bain) and a biker gang. Biker movie aficionados looking for the usual spate of brawls and babes may be somewhat disappointed by the relatively sober tone and heavy-handed racial tolerance subtext of this PG-rated effort from American International Pictures. The presence of veteran leather-bound bad guys Albert Cole and Robert Tessier should help to soothe the savage breast of this particular subgenre's fans.