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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars He's really just a pussy cat Feb. 8 2004
The "bikers" are like Broadway show extras. The dialogue is embarrassingly unauthentic. Believe me, nobody outside of 42nd Street ever talked like that, daddy-o. The story plays out like some kind of "B" Western with a horse shortage. The "town" even looks like a Western set made over for what somebody in Hollywood thought might be a new genre. There's a café and a saloon rolled into one and a gal working there to catch the eye, and a town posse and a jail and a sheriff (father of the gal) and some "decent citizens" turning into vigilantes, and instead of outlaws we have "hooligans." The bikers do everything but tie their bikes up to the hitching post after roaring into town as though to take over.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars irritatable Nov. 14 2003
By mike
after reading the reviews of other viewers i had to respond. both marlon brando and lee marvin were great but to cut into it saying it came short of reality or truly portraying it, think when this film was made. im sure in the twenty first century the movie would be very different. anyone thats read hunter thompsons 'hells angels' or has other knowledge of bike gangs knows too well of its truth-inspired influences of hollister. but in 1953 film makers as well as anyone else including the literary crowd had its limits even if limitary. i think alot of those who reviewed it did so forgetting this fact. no its not the best film made but for what its worth it was a great performance by both marvin and brando and served as a pretty entertaining picture on all fronts. i believe this was the intention of the director. it doesnt claim anywhere to be a documentary or anything close so dont interpret it as so. i got the feeling from reading the reviews that the viewers were taking this picture into comparison with contemporary films which it is certainly not one nor is it as one review suggested a film to be viewed for those in a "classic film phase". its beyond that. perhaps im out of line but these are my thoughts at the moment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old but good!
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!!

Published on May 30 2011 by Luc Delisle
3.0 out of 5 stars Biker movies with touches of humoer
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 more
Published on June 2 2010 by Robert Hislop
3.0 out of 5 stars brando before he got fat and untalented.
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 more
Published on July 14 2004 by Sam Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy plot but Brando rocks
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 more
Published on July 10 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing plot!
With this movie Brando became in a icon for all a generation; somehow Brando meant the breakthrough with the past. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Watta ya got?
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. Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by inframan
2.0 out of 5 stars The Tame One
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. Read more
Published on April 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Social Engineering To Increase Box Office
While it's true that the film was not intended to be a documentary, and therefore not to be taken as an historical account of the Hollister '47 events, it did, for the sake of box... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Lee Marvin makes it watchable
For indepth plot analysis, check out some previous reviews. Most everyone knows who the characters are and what this flick is about. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2003 by Ryan McNabb
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