The importance of executive producer Roger Corman is once again displayed in this picture which casts a 21-year-old Jack Nicholson in his first movie role. While his character of Jimmy is thinly conceived, it is brought to life by the skillful Nicholson. Confronted by two brass-knuckled
toughs, a gun-wielding Jimmy lays the pair out and then flees to a nearby drive-in. He barricades himself in a storeroom, taking three hostages--a janitor, a woman, and her child. Police and friends try to talk Jimmy into surrendering while the crowded drive-in becomes a profitable carnival. As
the number of spectators increases, a television news team arrives, providing a morbid lo...