** Charles B. Griffith's first draft of the screenplay was a near-silent movie which contrasted the bikers with the story of a police motorcycle cop. Corman did not like it and ordered rewrites, eventually giving it to Peter Bogdanovich to rewrite. Bogdanovich later estimated that he rewrote 80% of the script.
** George Chakiris and Creator/PeterFonda were originally cast as Heavenly Blues and Loser, respectively. However, Chakiris could not ride a motorcycle, so he was replaced by Fonda, and Bruce Dern took Fonda's original role as Loser.
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