HRTH was shown on network TV in the sixties,I watched it as an 11yr old. Couldnt imagine a better way to live. Driving a fast,cool car with a sidekick and a pretty girl dangling off of the roll bar.The film was an overacting mess from the first scene,but the themes of redemption,self discovery and rising to the occasion like a true man has to are timeless and actually endearing.After forty yrs I saw it again last night. It is beyonddescribing to people not of that era. Just buy some pizza and beer and invite everyone.Almost every performance in the film is laughable,but there remains a thread of sincerity that wins you over in the end.The idea of evil young men terrorizing innocent americans to the tune of surf music is something everyone needs to experience. I feel it is a great way to show viewers how out of touch the hollywood people were with the fast changing times. The overbearing cop,the obnoxious drunk,the whiney teenage girl,the thoughtless playboy town brat,the ultimate insquare parents,the seedy hotel owner,it just manages to get better and better.You also get a glimpse at period hot rod equipment.The poor beaten 1958 Corvette used in the film is smoking so bad you wonder how they made it to the end of the film.Its an hour and a half look at another time,a far,far more innocent time. A time where clean cut kids threatened to dance,flirt,make some noise and,God forbid,drive over the speed limit out in the middle of nowhere. Seemed sosinister in 1966.Almost comforting,now.Buy the DVD,its wonderful.