Wild One [Import]
This is the original motorcycle movie, starring Marlon Brando as the brooding leader of a biker gang that invades a small town. The film always looked like one of those synthetic Hollywood ideas of subculture life in the 1950s, which means it looks even more artificial today. But it is an actor's piece more than anything, and toward that end Brando's performance really is an important one in the context of his revolutionary reinvention of film acting during that decade. Directed by Lásló Benedek (Namu, the Killer Whale) and produced by the socially conscious Stanley Kramer. --Tom Keogh
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who cause mischief in a small town and hang out at a local diner until Johnny's (Marlon Brando) rival Chino (Lee Marvin) arrives.
Check this film out and see what happens. When you see that chilling title card and the film progresses, you may be puzzled wondering what will happen, for at first the rebels may appear as all bark and no bite. There's a lot of cool '50s slang, daddy-o, to look at the lighter side! The result of the film is an accident and the rebels being forced to leave town never to return again; I'll say that much. When you see the film for the first time, and are about to watch it again, you might say to the chilling title card
"Balderdash!" Think what gangs are doing now as opposed to what they did exactly 50 years ago. Great film with excellent drama depth.
Okay, that's one level. On another level this should be compared to Rebel without a Cause (1955) as a mid-century testament to teen angst. Or to Blackboard Jungle (1955) with the fake juvenile delinquency and the phony slang. Marlon Brando as Johnny Strabler, whose claim to fame (aside from being the leader of the pack) is that he stole a second-place biker trophy, stars in a role that helped to launch his career, not that his acting in this film was so great. (He was better in half a dozen other roles, for example., as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire 1951, or as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront 1954). What stands out here is his tough-guy vulnerability with women: the irresistible little boy playing big. In one sense, this is, despite all the men running around and the macho delirium, something very close to ladies night out. It's a period piece love story, as delicate as a teenager's heart.Read more ›
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I received a wrong DVD which was hard to return = and took so many weeks to do so because of my disabilities, age and weather. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William Griffiths
This is one of the first Marlen Brando films. For that moment, it was a good film, it's explain the beginning of motor gang, and how the autority deal with!!
I thought this movie was great. This picture, witch had a real feel of jazz music through out the whole movie whitch was great to me. Read morePublished on June 2 2010 by Robert Hislop
The entire time length that takes place in this movie is like less than one day. Brando and his Black Rebel Motorcycle Club cronies spend the day being retarded in some bar in some... Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Sam Roberts
Being a huge Godfather fan, I have been curious since Brando passed away to see more of his films. Caught this one tonight on TMC. Read morePublished on July 10 2004
With this movie Brando became in a icon for all a generation; somehow Brando meant the breakthrough with the past. Read morePublished on July 4 2004 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela