The Devil's 8 (1969)

97 mins | Melodrama | 9 April 1969

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HISTORY

Location scenes were filmed at Camp Pinecrest, ... More Less

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Oct 1968
p. 10.
Daily Variety
18 Mar 1969
p. 3.
Daily Variety
15 Apr 1969
p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
1 Nov 1968
Section F, p. 22.
Los Angeles Times
5 Apr 1969
Section B, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
11 Apr 1969
Section G, p. 24.
New York Times
19 Jun 1969
p. 40.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus score
Mus dir
Mus supv
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Background projection
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Stunt coordinator
Constr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Devil's 8," music and lyrics by Mike Curb and Guy Hemric.
COMPOSERS
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Inferno Road
Inferno Road
Hot Rod Inferno
Release Date:
9 April 1969
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 9 April 1969
New York opening: week of 19 June 1969
Production Date:
began 16 September 1968
Copyright Claimant:
American International Pictures
Copyright Date:
19 March 1969
Copyright Number:
LP36701
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Pathé
Duration(in mins):
97
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
22102
SYNOPSIS

Hoping to destroy the corrupt power structure of a southern state, Federal agent Ray Faulkner poses as a road gang convict, engineers the escape of a group of hardened chain-gang criminals, and persuades them to work on the side of the law by promising them paroles. After training the men in high-speed driving and hurling lighted bombs at pinpoint targets, Faulkner prepares to move against a statewide moonshine syndicate. One of Faulkner's convicts, Frank Davis (a former driver for the syndicate), is at first hostile to the idea, but he becomes an eager convert when Faulkner reveals that the mob murdered his brother. Also assisting Faulkner is young Stewart Martin, a Federal agent on his first assignment. Once ready, the team of eight starts intercepting the moonshiners' delivery cars until the syndicate leader, Burl, is forced to give Faulkner and his men a share of the illegal whiskey operation and let them make the deliveries. But Burl pulls a double-cross by arranging for Faulkner and Martin to be ambushed by crooked police while making a moonshine run, and Martin is shot down from a police helicopter. By now, however, Sonny, one of Faulkner's men, has learned the location of Burl's stills and "the devil's eight" attack with their specially equipped cars and carefully timed explosives. During the battle, Burl tries to escape by using his mistress Cissy (who was once Davis' girl friend) as a hostage, but Faulkner succeeds in apprehending him. Cissy is reunited with a reformed Davis, and as Burl is being led away to face trial, Faulkner becomes confident that the power structure will soon ... +


Hoping to destroy the corrupt power structure of a southern state, Federal agent Ray Faulkner poses as a road gang convict, engineers the escape of a group of hardened chain-gang criminals, and persuades them to work on the side of the law by promising them paroles. After training the men in high-speed driving and hurling lighted bombs at pinpoint targets, Faulkner prepares to move against a statewide moonshine syndicate. One of Faulkner's convicts, Frank Davis (a former driver for the syndicate), is at first hostile to the idea, but he becomes an eager convert when Faulkner reveals that the mob murdered his brother. Also assisting Faulkner is young Stewart Martin, a Federal agent on his first assignment. Once ready, the team of eight starts intercepting the moonshiners' delivery cars until the syndicate leader, Burl, is forced to give Faulkner and his men a share of the illegal whiskey operation and let them make the deliveries. But Burl pulls a double-cross by arranging for Faulkner and Martin to be ambushed by crooked police while making a moonshine run, and Martin is shot down from a police helicopter. By now, however, Sonny, one of Faulkner's men, has learned the location of Burl's stills and "the devil's eight" attack with their specially equipped cars and carefully timed explosives. During the battle, Burl tries to escape by using his mistress Cissy (who was once Davis' girl friend) as a hostage, but Faulkner succeeds in apprehending him. Cissy is reunited with a reformed Davis, and as Burl is being led away to face trial, Faulkner becomes confident that the power structure will soon crumble. +

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