|NAM'S ANGELS (LOSERS, THE) (director: Jack Starrett; screenwriter: Alan Caillou; cinematographer: Nonong Rasca; editor: Richard Brockway; music: Stu Phillips; cast: William Smith, (Link Thomas), Bernie Hamilton (Capt. Jackson), Adam Roarke (Duke), Houston Savage (Dirty Denny), Dan Kemo (Maj. Thomas), Gene Cornelius (Speed), Paul Koslo (Limpy), Ana Corita (Kim Sue), John Garwood (Sgt. Winston), Vic Diaz (Diem-Nuc), Paul Nuckles (Kowalski), Lillian Margarejo (Suriya), Jack Starrett (Chet Davis), Paraluman (Mama-San); Runtime: 96; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Joe Soloman; Fanfare Films; 1970)|
|"A fascinating watch of one of
only a few films about the Viet Nam War shot
while the war was in full-motion."
by Dennis Schwartz
Starrett ("Cry Blood, Apache"/"Run,
Angel, Run"/"Kiss My Grits") directs this troubling
outlaw biker action/adventure film, that surprisingly
takes us to the Vietnam War action in
Cambodia. It's written with bloody hands and a mood of
disenchantment by British character actor Alan
violent war drama was filmed in the middle of the Viet
Nam War and offers little hope of an American victory,
showing how chaotic and bleak things were for the
Americans fighting in the jungle. The film
was shot entirely in the Philippines.
All the Asian roles are played by Filipinos.
The film opens with a My Lai-like bloodbath and
remains bloody throughout, with corpses strewn over
the fields, children as guerrilla fighters and
American soldiers pictured as butchers of the
dire circumstances, Major Thomas (Dan Kemp)
persuades biker brother Link (William Smith) and
his American outlaw gang, made up mostly of unruly
discharged Vietnam vets, to be in Vietnam for a
dangerous rescue mission into Cambodia.
Big Link leads his Yamaha riding gang (the
motorcycles are rigged with machine guns,
grenades and armor plating), that includes
Limpy (Paul Koslo), Duke (Adam Roarke), Dirty
Denny (Houston Savage), and Speed (Eugene
Cornelius) into Dang huk, which is behind enemy
lines. Their mission is to rescue captured
CIA operative Chet Davis (Jack Starrett) in the
heavily armed enemy camp.
fascinating watch of one of only a few films about the
Viet Nam War shot while the war was in full-motion.
REVIEWED ON 7/29/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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