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on July 13, 2000
Marlon Brando stars as the leader of a biker gang that invades a small town and turns everything upside down. To be honest, these bikers don't seem particularly dangerous, and some of the dialogue is so rooted in the Fifties' slang I found myself laughing out loud. However, the Brando performance makes the movie worth a look, and he has an interesting relationship with the sheriff's daughter. I'm sure this film had a much bigger impact on its Fifties audience than it does nowadays. For me it was a step back into another time for seventy minutes.
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on August 26, 1999
This movie starts out showing that appeasement is wrong and just buys you trouble. The cyclists are repelled from one town by a cop who stands up to them, and then go on to the next place which cottons to them, for a while anyway.
There are some good scenes and a few good lines, though. Surely we've all seen clips of Brando's character response to the question, "What are you rebelling against?" with the deft reply, "Whaddya got?"
When he starred in this, Lee Marvin wasn't too far out of the WWII Marines, and it shows.
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on June 20, 1999
Brando plays Johnny, the leader of the Blind Rebels motorcycle club, who wander into a small town with one cop. Johnny doesnt like cops by the way. A rival gang, lead by Lee Marvin, heads into town to help cause trouble, with the town and the Blind Rebels. Brando is very cool in this one but, the only really convincing tough guy is Lee Marvin. Based on a real incident that most likely was not this comedic. I doubt the real bikers were this nice either. Forget about all of that and have fun with it, because Marlon is crazy, dad!
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on December 16, 2000
I look at this film today through very different eyes than when I first saw it as a high-schooler in '54.
Of course a lot of it seems hokey now, and with good reason: the world is a far less innocent place than it was in those bucolic, Eisenhower, pre-R&R days.
But when it first came out, it was Hot Stuff. Bad guys, noisy bikes, beer-drinking, and girls in tight sweaters were a big deal to us then.
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on May 14, 2000
Regardless of how the story line grabs you or how much many of the actors maybe miscast this movie is worth it just to see all the old bikes. From Triumphs, BSA's, Nortons & Vincents to Harleys & Indians it gives you a firsthand look at the wide variety of classic bikes that were available back then...I only wish it were so today.
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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. This movie was shown without appropriate warning that it was workable only in region **-**- which I don't recognize anyways. Be very cautious when ordering. I am now fearful of ordering any more.
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on July 26, 2002
John Lennon wanted something like the Crickets (Buddy Holly's band), and saw this film and named his band after the motorcycle gang: The Beetles. He changed the spelling to Beat les and had the perfect name that reflected his beat band.
Not a review of the film but they could have ben called "The Shoes."
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on September 6, 2000
Unless you're in charge of the Smithsonian Archive of Hollywood Motorcycle Films, you rented this movie because of one reason: Marlon Brando. Is the film outdated? It was shot in '54. Does Brando disappoint? Come on. Plus, this film has sold more bikes than Zig Ziglar in his wet dream.
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on February 21, 2001
although the film itslef is a classic. The dvd is not much better than the vhs version. The sound and video is not at all improved and there are very few extras on it. It is nice to have in a format that will last longer, but besides that this dvd doesnt have much to offer.
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on November 10, 2002
I thought this movie was pretty entertaining considering its age. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to stay awake through it but it's not one of those movies. It moves fast and its not long. I recommend to anyone going through a classic movie phase.
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