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  • Actors: Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith, Jay Flippen
  • Directors: Laslo Benedek
  • Producers: Stanley Kramer
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,679 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Classic biker movie, in which Marlon Brando famously responds to the question 'What are you rebelling against?' with the retort 'What d'ya got?'. A gang of motorcyclists, led by rebellious Johnny (Marlon Brando), ride into a small California town and terrorise the inhabitants. Johnny falls for the local cop's daughter (Mary Murphy), but a rival in his gang (Lee Marvin) and the hostility of the townspeople create too many tensions for anything but a violent climax. Based on the story 'The Cyclists' Raid' by Frank Rodney.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 29 July 2009
Format: DVD
Leader of a rebellious motorcycle gang Johnny (Brando) becomes infatuated with a waitress whilst the townsfolk despise the group's reputation.

There has been numerous compelling motorcycle driven dramas in the past. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper's controversially realistic "Easy Rider" to recent Oscar nominated "The Motorcycle Diaries" have both put aside the conventional tale of going for a ride and depicting the trouble and traumatic reputation that continues to befuddle the world to this very day, and this film shows pretty much where it all started.

Made in 1953 this was banned in the UK till the mid sixties and with an X rated certificate when ruled legal. In today's modern culture seeing this would be hard to understand why but it is a film made for the time and the context in which it generates its concepts is staggeringly controversial.

The stereotypical version of the modern biker is wearing hard leather, with a beard and acting rough and tough with indistinguishable discourse. Being a biker myself, I have none of these things and am glad to see that this film is not stereotyped but a more look at the fabrications of personality over your representation, which is catalysed by perfection by the Godfather.

Marlon Brando steals the show with a necessary neglectful and hard approach to central protagonist Johnny. Leader of the gang, he is the hardest nut in the toolbox with his nonchalant attitude. His presence is convincing onscreen and dominant in every aspect and this film would have paid a massive wave in Hollywood for him to rightfully take America by storm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Forged at a time when aesthetics and dialogue were held at a premium. This film sent a shockwave down through the USA as the teenager was born again, spreading his/her nihilistic message finally to the UK. Rockers, ton up boys all nodded to the way of life displayed in this piece of celluloid, with few words as possible

Shellshocked US soldiers roaming across the States after WW2 and Korea, tramping from town to town finally climbed aboard a sickle and found am existential freedom. Money flowed after the boom time, the commencement of WW" and Okies found jobs eventually in Southern California. Then the factory itinerants mixed with socially excluded soldiers on this existential quest. The biker gangs were divided between the poets and the brawlers often within the same mainframe.

Originally biker gangs provided fraternity for social outcasts, a form of primitive communism of share amongst all. This film is based on a real event with the addition of some sugar and spice. It marks the tension between the howling anguish of Brando and the smack em all in the mouth bravado of Marvin.

It hit a tender nerve with its refusal ringing as an alarm bell to the new consumer wealth pouring after WW2. A whole sense of nothing to aspire to became the complete anathema to the bells and chimes of middle American aspiration. As As an act of the rebel, young people lived for "kicks", the eternal thrill and felt no pull to the mortgage, white picket fence, two children and big sedate car, so carefully being packaged for the rest of America.

As avid non consumers of the daydream these boys were unamerican. It was not long however before this form of outsiderdom, a nod to the men who rode the prairies 70 years previously were lauded, feared and then hunted.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Leo Boyle on 5 July 2004
Format: DVD
Favourite Brando film ? There are so many ! I know that I watched "The Wild One" like a junkie as a teenager and then "On the Waterfront" and in fact all of those early films of his from the 1950's. "The Wild One" combined my favourite actor with the definitive images of a leather motorbiker and once that has been absorbed into the mind of a fan like me, it was hard to shake it lose. I also admit I really wouldn't have minded looking like him, but how many men have felt the same way ? His defined features, his blunt nose, his dark eyes and charismatic smile and just a cool demeanour that followed him. He got the girl and other girls swooned - who wouldn't want to be him ?
Some say "The Wild One" has dated, and to a certain extent it was dated when it was released. It was realistic enough perhaps, but is that really relevant ? There are no bikes like that anymore or a society or world like that anymore, so what relevance does it have ? I think the naive way that the characters interact is endearing. The times are simplier, but the dangers of mob mentality is still preached crystal clear. The acting is understated and also underestimated, Mary Murphy and Marlon Brando alone are downplaying their roles with great subtlety, whilst adding a daring twist on the role of new found love and relationships, which must've seemed daring at the time. As a historical point of view, you have to remember that the film was banned from U.K. cinema audiences for a very long time after it's original 1953 U.S. release - you have to wonder why!
And of course there's the leather! This is perfect footage of original bikers' leathers been worn for the first time (Way before the film, "Grease" !) and some of the jackets, such as Brando's, look custom made as they seem to fit so well.
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