Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Wild One (1953).

The Wild One (1953), starring Marlon Brando (my faaaavorite actor), is the seminal teen rebel/motorcycle gang movie that spawned a genre of 50s-60s films and cemented the biker style as enduring fashion inspiration.  But The Wild One is more than just aesthetics, it sparked a whole generation of young outsiders and rebellious spirits to take to the road and it was also a precursor to teen angst films like James Dean's Rebel without a Cause (1955) and other freedom road movies like Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda's Easy Rider (1969).

Taglines :

Marlon Brando! Driven Too Far By His Own Hot Blood!

Hot feelings hit terrifying heights in a story that really boils over!

That "Streetcar" man has a new desire!

Storyline :

"Cop-hating Johnny Strabler is recounting the fateful events that led up to the 'whole mess' as he calls it, his role in the mess and whether he could have stopped it from happening. The Black Rebels, a motorcycle gang of which Johnny is the leader, cause a ruckus using intimidation wherever they go, with their actions bordering on the unlawful. On the day of the mess, they invade a motorcycle racing event, at which they cause a general disturbance culminating with one of the gang members stealing a second place trophy to give to Johnny. Despite not being the larger winning trophy, it symbolizes to Johnny his leadership within the group. Their next stop is a small town where their disturbance and intimidation tactics continue. Some in town don't mind their arrival as long as they spend money. Harry Bleeker, the local sheriff, doesn't much like them but is so ineffective and weak that he doesn't do anything to stop them."  Via IMDB

See the full film in 4 parts starting HERE.


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