Wild Hogs

Wild Hogs

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Director: Walter Becker

Cast: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence

     
 

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A mismatched group of bored suburbanites longing to escape the stress of their daily lives and embrace the freedom of the open road finds that it takes more than polished chrome and leather jackets to truly experience the biker lifestyle in this revved-up road comedy starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, …  See more details below

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A mismatched group of bored suburbanites longing to escape the stress of their daily lives and embrace the freedom of the open road finds that it takes more than polished chrome and leather jackets to truly experience the biker lifestyle in this revved-up road comedy starring John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy. Upon trading the comfort of their couches for the thunderous rumble of two-wheeled street machines, these four adventurous riders cross paths with the notorious Del Fuegos -- an authentic biker gang that doesn't take kindly to the weekend warrior type.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There is no sane reason that such a low-brow, scattershot affair as Wild Hogs (2007) should possibly succeed as a comedy. The script is not even certain which character is the protagonist; in act one, it seems to be Tim Allen's Doug, in act two John Travolta's Woody takes over, and in act three the romance between William H. Macy's Dudley and Marisa Tomei's Maggie takes center stage. Only Martin Lawrence as token black pal Bobby is clearly relegated to B-list status. By giving equal time to almost every member of its ensemble cast, the film underutilizes each of them in turn and never fully explores any one of their characters, thus rendering dramatically slack their third-act transformations into better men. Ray Liotta, in the meantime, seems slightly embarrassed by his participation in this cluttered, potty-minded production, although he receives able supporting work from M.C. Gainey and Kevin Durand, a standup comic who, along with Macy, does the best work in the film. The humor is pratfall-heavy and rife with gay panic that borders on offensive until it crosses that border and leaves it far, far behind. And for a film about a quartet of buddies coping with their midlife crises by embarking on a cross-country biker quest, the trip seems geographically truncated by its lengthy detour in the second half into the sort of small-town Nirvana only glimpsed in movies and television shows. Yet, despite all of its obvious and manifold flaws, Wild Hogs is the one thing it really needs to be: funny. The jokes work, dumb as they are, and while to call the story "mild" is an understatement, director Walt Becker clearly understands the thinness of the material he's working with here and maintains a steady, self-mocking tone and nimble pace that serve the picture well, while wringing some real energy and engagement from his sprawling cast. Wild Hogs was a sizeable box-office hit, despite a raft of negative reviews, perhaps largely due to the fact that it was exactly the type of movie it seemed to be in its marketing campaign: dumb, likeable, and amusing. Its success is a potent reminder that audiences will forgive much if delivered a sturdy product that delivers the goods it promises.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
UPC:
0786936727463
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
255

Special Features

"Bikes, Brawls and Burning Bars: The Making of Wild Hogs"; How to get your wife to let you buy a motorcycle; Freewheeling alternate ending; High-octane deleted scenes; Outrageous outtakes; Audio commentary with director Walt Becker and writer Brad Copeland; Specifications may only apply to feature film; Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound; French and Spanish language tracks; French and Spanish subtitles; Widescreen (2.35:1)-Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Allen Doug Madsen
John Travolta Woody Stevens
Martin Lawrence Bobby Davis
William H. Macy Dudley Frank
Ray Liotta Jack
Marisa Tomei Maggie
Kevin Durand Red
M.C. Gainey Murdock
Jill Hennessy Kelly Madsen
Dominic Janes Billy Madsen
Tichina Arnold Karen Davis
Stephen Tobolowsky Charley
Jason Sklar Actor
Kyle Gass Kyle (Lead Singer)
Randy Sklar Actor
John C. McGinley Actor
Peter Fonda Damien Blade
Ty Pennington Actor
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Walter Becker Director
Jeff Brockton Stunts
Steve Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Teddy Castellucci Score Composer
Kathryn Brink Casting Casting
Brad Copeland Screenwriter
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Debra Denson Makeup
Anson Downes Associate Producer
Daniel Epper Stunts
Linda Rae Favila Associate Producer
Jordanna Fineberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Christopher Greenbury Editor
Chris Hayes Camera Operator
Lisa Jensen Costumes/Costume Designer
Valerie Laven-Cooper Costumes/Costume Designer
Todd Lieberman Executive Producer
Nick Loren Stunts
Jalil Lynch Stunts
Anne McCarthy Casting
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Brian Robbins Producer
Davida Roberts Costumes/Costume Designer
Darice Rollins Associate Producer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis S. Sands Sound Mixer
Amy Sayres Executive Producer
John G. Scotti Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Jay Scully Casting
Dimension Sound Sound Editor
Erik Stabenau Stunts
Diane Stata Musical Direction/Supervision
Sharla Sumpter Executive Producer
Mike Tollin Producer
Gregory Van Horn Art Director
Todd Warren Stunts
Laura Z. Wasserman Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wild Hogs
1. The Boys [8:21]
2. Road Trip [6:09]
3. No Rules [5:57]
4. The Real Deal [7:42]
5. The Day Is Today [6:14]
6. Del Fuegos' Bar [6:31]
7. Getting Dudley's Bike Back [6:20]
8. Madrid [:07]
9. Bull Slap [5:52]
10. Bobby and the Del Fuegos [8:03]
11. Jack Comes to Madrid [10:13]
12. Dudley vs. Del Fuegos [5:03]
13. Standoff At the Diner [5:12]
14. Leaving Madrid/Trip's End [7:25]
15. Credits [4:48]

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Wild Hogs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw the commercials for this film when it initially came out, I didn't think I would like it and didn't bother to see it. Yet I recently saw it as an in-flight movie and found it to be hilarious. The cast works well as a team and the plot, though perhaps largely predictable, still has several satisying twists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the highlights for this movie when it was coming out, but opted out not to see it. I recently decided to purchase the movie and I'm glad I did. I laughed more then I thought I would and was actually cleaner than I thought. I would recommend this movie if you like cycle shows that actually make you chuckle! You'll enjoy it.
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