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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There was nothing intrinsically bad about this gang. And that was what the trouble was. They were just a bunch of young men who liked to let loose on weekends. Not a criminal or outlaw bone in their bodies. They made a lot of noise, fought among themselves, drank a lot of beer. The pranks were rather harmless too, like teasing the uptight residents of the town, making noise, joking around by putting hair dryers on their heads. A small amount of property gets destroyed, but these men are obvioiusly not real criminals.
I giggled throughout the move in places that were overacted and were not supposed to be funny. There was no real tension even though a voice-over at the beginning warns the audience about this awful gang and that people have to make sure that it doesn't happen here. The love interest seemed silly. And Brando seemed to be totally limited in his range of emotion or acting ability.
I just can't understand why this movie became so famous and was so acknowledged. It is not just that it was made more than three decades ago. I've seen other movies from that period that had good plots and good acting. On the Waterfront was one of them, produced in the same year,and in which Brando emerged as a fine actor.
Recommended only for those into classic films. But be prepared to be bored.
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 ›
This movie is based on that except it has been changed to disaffected youths as the prepetrators.
It's basically the eternal internal struggle of living a life of freedom vs. one of being a responsible productive member of society.
Note: I do not wish to be seen as attacking military veterans. One has only to see many of the movies made in the late 1940s to know that many men had a great deal of trouble coming home and readjusting to civilian life. Examples: THE BIG SLEEP, ALL MY SONS, THE BLUE DAHLIA, CROSSFIRE, KEY LARGO, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIFE, etc. (If you consider the butcher shop and horse race as metaphors for war, then even NATIONAL VELVET has to be put in this category.)
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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 14 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