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The Wild One

  • Drama
  • 1953
  • Laslo Benedek
  • 75 mins
  • X

Summary

The sullen, leather-clad leader of a motorcycle gang and his fellow hellraising rebels pitch up in a small town, where he woos the sheriff's daughter. But when rival bikers turn up on the scene, conflict escalates. Drama, starring Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin. Mary Murphy and Robert Keith.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

"What are you rebelling against, Johnny?" asks a female admirer. "What've you got?" snarls Marlon Brando, his leather-clad biker entering the iconography of the decade. Long-banned in Britain, and shown famously only at a Cambridge cinema turned into a film club for the purpose by manager Leslie Halliwell (who became famous for his annual Film Guide), this is the first, the best, the quintessential motorbike movie, actually based on a 1947 incident when a cycle gang terrorised the small town of Hollister, California one desperate Fourth of July. Okay, the back projection is a joke, Lee Marvin's far too old and the direction's often inadequate (as is the budget), but Brando is simply brilliant and the film still retains its unique power to astound.

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Credits

Cast

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JohnnyMarlon Brando
KathieMary Murphy (1)
Harry BleekerRobert Keith (1)
ChinoLee Marvin
Sheriff SingerJay C Flippen
MildredPeggy Maley
Charlie ThomasHugh Sanders
Frank BleekerRay Teal
Art KleinerWill Wright
BritchesYvonne Doughty
CrazyGene Peterson
PigeonAlvy Moore

Crew

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DirectorLaslo Benedek

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Contains some violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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