Hooded Angels (2000) from Tuna and Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Tuna's notes

Hooded Angels (2000), AKA Glory Glory, is a Western about an all-girl gang of bank robbers. As the story opens, the Union army is attacking a small Texas town where a rebel group has been holed up. By the time the battle is over, nearly everyone in town is dead, including a young boy. Many of the women have been raped and abused by the soldiers, and one of them snaps and blows away all the remaining soldiers, including an innocent general who had just ordered his aides to catch the men responsible for the crimes.

Cut to three years later. A group of cowpokes arrive in town to complain about their ranch owner being bushwhacked. They find that the bank has recently been robbed by a hooded gang, and the sheriff is our of town, leading a posse to catch the robbers. Our featured cowhand discovers a medal that belonged to his father, the general from Scene I, which has been dropped by a gang member. Meanwhile, the posse arrives at the girls spread, where the men are lulled into relaxing, then killed.

This set up the plot. The cowboys are after the gang, not knowing that they are looking for a gang of women, and the women move to a new town to set up their next bank job. They kill time in a bath house, and entertaining at the local tavern. Some of the girls get together with the cowboys. Others are lesbians.

There are some positives. The look of the old west was very good. The girls were not dainty, lovable characters, but cold-hearted and meaner than snakes. The biggest problems were the accents, which were not even close to Texas accents, and the fact that there was a lot of nothing between the sex scenes and the action scenes.



  • Bare-bones. No features. No widescreen.


  • Amanda Donohoe shows one breast in an apres-sex scene.

  • Chantelle Stander and Julia Venter show fleeting glimpses of their breasts in a spa scene.

  • Ana Alexander shows her breasts in the spa, and a flash of her pubes as well.

  • An unknown naked woman is seen walking away from the camera in the Spa.

Scoop's notes

Hooded Angels is an attempt to create a mythical, operatic Western in the manner of Sergio Leone, with the twist that the evil outlaws are women, and that their behavior is justified, or at least rationalized, by their lawless society's inability to protect them. The film does have moments when it seems to reach Leone's level of iconic grandeur. A Welsh composer named Mark Thomas contributed original music which was evocative of the scores which Ennio Morricone created for Leone. There are several scenes which are carefully and effectively composed by the director and cinematographer to create the stylized West of legend. As in Leone's films, the morality of the characters is murky, and no major character is all good or bad.

Having spread around some kudos, I reckon I should probably point out that the whole thing just doesn't work. The background lacks authenticity. Two of the lead actresses attempt outrageous faux-American accents, but pepper their speech with various Dutch-sounding pronunciations. The action which is supposed to take place in Texas involves people ridin' around in multiple layers of heavy clothing. The small Texas towns have four-star entertainment in the saloons and elegant modern spas. Apart from the lack of realism, the main problems are that the characters are bland and generic, the situations predictable, and the acting often sub-standard.

If your mouth is watering at the prospect of a bunch of nudity and hot cowgirl-on-cowgirl action, you'll also be disappointed in that regard. This is not an exploitation movie. The director seemed to have some inclinations in that direction. After all, he did add a completely gratuitous and totally unrealistic nude spa scene. Unfortunately, he seemed to hold back from making that scene exploitative, perhaps fearing that it would destroy the gritty Leone vibe, so he offered us only teasing looks at the cowgirls' flesh.

 Bottom line: it ain't an exploitation film and it ain't The Good the Bad and the Ugly, but it does have good, bad and ugly elements.

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Based on this description, this film is a D+. It is not worth a watch, either for fans of Westerns or for fans of exploitation movies, but it does have some memorable iconography and music from time to time.

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