The Savage Seven

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The Savage Seven
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Rush
Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff
Dick Clark
James H. Nicholson
Screenplay by Michael Fisher
Story byRosalind Ross
Starring Robert Walker Jr.
Joanna Frank
Music by Mike Curb
Jerry Styner
Cinematography László Kovács
Edited byRenn Reynolds
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release date
  • May 1968 (1968-05)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,100,000 (US/ Canada rentals) [1]

The Savage Seven is a 1968 exploitation film (in the outlaw biker film subgenre) directed by Richard Rush. Rush says he agreed to do the film as a sort of sequel to Hells Angels on Wheels in exchange for being able to make Haight-Ashbury film Psych-Out . [2] Although not in a lead role, the film marks the screen acting debut of Penny Marshall. [3]



Kisum, the leader of a motorcycle gang is in love with waitress Marcia Little Hawk. Her brother Johnnie Little Hawk, the leader of a group of Native Americans, is not happy about the two of them being together. The two groups alternate between being allies and adversaries, eventually joining forces, but a scheme by crooked businessmen force them at odds with each other.

Principal cast

Robert Walker Jr. Johnnie
Joanna Frank Marcia
John GarwoodStud
Larry Bishop Joint
Adam Roarke Kisum
Max Julien Grey Wolf
Richard Anders Bull
Duane Eddy Eddie
Billy "Green" Bush Seely
Penny Marshall Tina

Critical reception

From Richard F. Sheperd of The New York Times :

The Savage Seven is a modern Western about motorcyclists, Indians and bad guys. The motorcyclists and Indians are bad guys, too, but not as bad as the real bad guys. The movie is one continuous uproar of unmuffled motors and head-cracking and emphasized cruelty from one and to another. It is colorful and technically competent but completely cheap in its primitive, unin-quiring, kick'-em-in-the-groin sensationalism, too serious to be lusty and too one-note to be interesting. [4]


Lyrics by Guy Hemric Music by Val Johns (as Valjean Johns) Performed by The American Revolution

Performed by Johnny and the Hurricanes Written by D Yorko, T King, I Mack

Written by Cream Performed by The American Revolution

Soundtrack Album

Released 1968 on Atco Records as 33-245 (Mono) and SD-33-245 (Stereo)


A1 Cream - Anyone For Tennis (Theme From The Savage Seven), Written-By – Eric Clapton, Martin Sharp, Produced by Felix Pappalardi

A2 Desert Ride, Written-By – Jerry Styner

A3 Barbara Kelly & The Morning Good - Maria's Theme (Vocal), Written-By – Guy Hemric, Jerry Styner

A4 Shacktown Revenge, Written-By – Jerry Styner

A5 The Medal, Written-By – Jerry Styner

A6 Here Comes The Fuzz, Written-By – Jerry Styner

A7 Iron Butterfly - Iron Butterfly Theme, Written-By Doug Ingle, Produced by Charles Greene & Brian Stone

B1 Iron Butterfly - Unconscious Power, Produced by Charles Greene & Brian Stone, Written-By – Weis, Ingle, Bushy

B2 Everyone Should Own A Dream, Written-By – Guy Hemric, Jerry Styner

B3 The Deal, Written-By – Jerry Styner

B4 Desert Love, Written-By – Jerry Styner

B5 Barbara Kelly & The Morning Good - Ballad Of The Savage Seven, Written-By – Guy Hemric, Valjen Johns

B6 Maria's Theme (Instrumental), Written-By – Guy Hemric, Jerry Styner

B7 The Savage Struggle, Written-By – Jerry Styner

All tracks were arranged and conducted by Jerry Styner except where noted. [5]

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