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Wild One [Import]

Marlon Brando , Mary Murphy , Laslo Benedek    Unrated   VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Biker movies with touches of humoer June 2 2010
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. I would say the movie also had great humour at the beginning of this movie. This movie was very social in touching on the biker subject in it's time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I AIN'T JIVIN. . . BRANDO DOES ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! July 11 2004
By A Customer
I would have to agree with other reviewers that this film is rather corny, but for its time it was revolutionary. Throughout the film I must admit I had several laughs with lines such as, "You're too square" and "Anybody thinks their too good for me, I knock 'em over sometime". And phraseology such as "that's corn ball style". And Brando's faux black accent put me in mind of a 1970's blaxploitation movie, especially with the continual use of the word "jive". Nevertheless, Brando's deliverance is awesome, everything from his facial expressions and gestures to his timing is perfect. The man is stunning in this film. It's hard to take your eyes off of him, but then again, why would you want to?!! Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old but good! May 30 2011
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!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy plot but Brando rocks July 11 2004
By A Customer
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. My dad warned me to remember when it was made before I watched it. I am glad he did because I probably would have thought that it was horrible and instead I came to realize that Brando was a brilliant actor! Yes, I have to agree that there is a lot of 50's cornball BS but Brando was so good in this film that it makes me truly sad to think of the crap that is made in Hollywood nowadays. Oh she has a hit single let's put her in a movie! Yeah that almost works! Looking forward to checking out more of Brando's work!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing plot! July 4 2004
With this movie Brando became in a icon for all a generation; somehow Brando meant the breakthrough with the past. His style and strong personality let him to establish not only as an irreverent actor but far beyond, but in an actor of multiple skills , with the trademark of a new method far away from the english models as Alec Guiness , John Mills or Michael Redgrave , and cold blood in his acting. He was altogether with James Dean , John Casvettes , Montgomery Clift , Dennis Hopper and Sal Mineo the pioneers , the new beat , the avant garde current of the cold war generation.
This film was a special triumph for Lee Marvin too, another hard guy who would make his own bliss in antihero roles. (Dirty dozen)
In this movie the term Beatles is seen in a special sequence . Try to find it.
This film was clearly a visionary issue , thirteen years before Easy Rider for instance.
Marlon Brando : in memoriam!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watta ya got? May 29 2004
All right, it's silly now to see Dick Van Dyke's ex-neighbor as a outlaw biker, to say nothing of overaged juveniles Gil Stratton & Alvy Moore. But then there are the peerless Timothy Carey & Lee Marvin.
What really makes this movie work is that it is just a quickie B-movie of the 1950s. They had to scrounge up actors who could ride & then they had to scrounge up the bikes (my understanding is that that was Brando's actual Triumph). And then there's that great Leith Stevens score performed by Shorty Rogers & his all-stars. West Coast Jazz! (Miles hated it, the sound, that is).
I saw this one day after school just after it came out. Wow. Changed a lot for me. The way I talked, the way I walked, the way I looked, the way I thought. Needless to say I wasn't alone.
We're looking at true history here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate '50s motorcycle cult film. April 12 2004
By Josh P.
Format:VHS Tape
"The Wild One", with Marlon Brando perched on top of his motorcyle on the front cover, had a certain appeal to me. Always looking for great '50s films, and '50s-related films, I gave this a try. When it came on, after the Columbia logo, it opened on a deserted highway with a title card reading "This is a shocking story. It could never take place in most American towns--but it did in this one. It is a public challenge not to let it happen again." That'll grab your attention. Marlon Brando's voice is heard narrating about his expericences in the story. All of a sudden motorcycles appear roaring down the road over the opening credits. The film is basically about rebellious motorcyclists
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Tame One April 4 2004
By A Customer
All those reviewers who gave this film 5 and 4 stars are really digging deep into their charity boxes. This is an incredibly dated, slow and boring movie. It is only memorable because of the Brando iconography: after you've seen the publicity stills you've seen the whole thing. Except for Lee Marvin, who, as somebody said, had dynamic and mesmeric impact in every film he ever made --- possibly excepting Paint Your Wagon. As soon as he arrives on the scene the picture starts to come alive. But to sit taking in nothing but an ancient fashion image for the rest of the 76 minutes is asking too much. The characters are completely uninteresting on both sides of the social divide: you might call them dull and duller. Vacuous dialogue vacantly directed. Don't be misled by the kind-hearted comments you read from people leaning over backwards to be generous.
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