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On YouTube: Battle of the Mods (1965)

On YouTube: Battle of the Mods (1965)
On YouTube: Battle of the Mods (1965)
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Yes, you can watch by far the worst ‘Mod’ film ever online. The much-maligned Battle of the Mods is on YouTube.

This is one of those films that comes into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category. A blatant cash-in on the whole Mods and Rockers thing, this European film, which is also known as Crazy Baby, has become something of a cult ‘classic’ for all of the wrong reasons.

What’s it about? Well, I’ll try to give you a rough idea.

Set in Liverpool initially, we first meet the Mods living it large in a cafe bar as Ricky, the head of the Mods, plays Crazy Baby to an appreciative crowd. You’ll notice the Mods don’t look much different to the Rockers, but well et that one slide.

The Rockers arrive and a gang fight ensues (of course), but this time Ricky’s girlfriend is killed by a Rocker, with Ricky getting the blame. He leaves Liverpool and heads to France, then Italy, where he looks for his wealthy businessman father before getting involved with his father’s mistress.

On YouTube: Battle of the Mods (1965)
On YouTube: Battle of the Mods (1965)


I think that pretty much covers it. But nothing can prepare for you the sheer ridiculousness of this movie and the amazing dubbing into ‘Scouse’ of the early scenes. You have to see it to believe it.

That’s not been easy as it isn’t an easy one to come by. In fact, the poster is easier to find than the film itself. But someone has stuck it on YouTube. Who knows if it will stay there? It might do, but I wouldn’t expect it to.

But the fun is there now if you want to amuse yourself for an hour and 20 minutes. That’s what it is – a piece of entertainment. You’ll learn nothing about ‘Mod’ from it.

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