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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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 ›
The original event that this is (loosely) based on, a motorcycle rally in Hollister, CA in 1947, is very misunderstood and little known outside of biker circles. But there was a sea change underway in the American psyche - one could almost say that the 60's started there, as much as anywhere. "The Wild One" tries to capture this notion, but this film has a very tone deaf quality to it. They all know the words, but they can't carry a tune.
The one shining star here is Lee Marvin, who is (as usual) so perfect it's scary. It's like he wandered onto the set from another picture being made next door, or something, so clearly does he outclass the rest of the pack. He is worth the price of admission, and is the perfect portrait of the disillusioned WW2 vet out to By God enjoy a little of the freedom for which he endured so much hell.
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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
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 morePublished on May 29 2004 by inframan