The Wild One

The Wild One

DVD - 1998
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Johnny is the leader of a vicious biker gang which invades a small, sleepy California town. The leather-jacketed young biker seems hellbent for destruction until he falls for Kathie, a "good girl" whose father happens to be a cop.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1998
ISBN: 9780767818179
0767818172
Branch Call Number: DVD WIL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (79 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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ba_library
Dec 24, 2016

Classic movie - I had never seen it! A young looking Marlon Brando leads a motorcycle gang and they encounter their rival gang (led by an even younger-looking Lee Marvin!) and terrorize a small CA town. Based on a true event that occurred in Hollister, CA. The film was made in 1953, and by today's standards, no one looks that rough or tough or threatening. Someone asks "What's Johnny (Brando) rebelling against?" "What have you got?" sneers Brando. The gang members hate cops, Brando flirts with a pretty girl in the cafe (who's father is a cop) and gets into a fight with the rival gang; breaking store windows, chasing the cafe girl, basically up to no good. It all seems rather dated, with their cool look and hip lingo, but a Brando classic. Worth watching if you have never seen it. Maybe SPL could buy a few more copies of this classic since they only have 1 copy.

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Derringer
Jun 27, 2015

(Movie quote) - "What do you hicks do around here for kicks?"

Meet Brando's character, Johnny Strabler, a 29 year-old, lard-assed, delinquent who (get this!) not only thinks he's a real tough-guy (and a total hep-cat, too), but, he's also the gang leader of "B.R.M.C." (which stands for "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club")..... (Now, ain't that cute?)

Of course, 1953's The Wild One was all about Marlon Brando. But, unfortunately, I found this "original-outlaw-biker-film" to be a rather feeble attempt to showcase Brando's apparent on-screen virility and animal magnetism.

As I carefully studied Brando up close, I quickly began to see that he and his drawing power (viewed 60+ years later) was all a big facade and his so-called "cool" came across to me as being only lukewarm, at best.

Besides finding the hip-lingo spoken in this film, by the biker boys, to be ridiculously laughable for the most part, as well as the story's opening "warning" to be downright demented - I also thought that the deliberate attention that was repeatedly being paid to "the trophy" (which everyone seemed to be grabbing for) almost defied logical comprehension.

This whole business with the trophy reminded me of the repeated use of the word "rosebud" in "Citizen Kane" (which was in reference to Marion Davis's clitoris) - While here in "The Wild One", the trophy (which was clearly fashioned like an erect phallus) was a subliminal representation of Brando's manhood (aka. penis)..... No?

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madishoemake
Jul 07, 2012

EVERYBODY NEEDS TO SEE THIS MOVIE. like, now. it is the best movie i have ever seen, let alone in the motorcycle gang genre. check out now!

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Monolith
Feb 19, 2012

Outstanding, groundbreaking 1953 film. Based on the short story: "Cyclist's Raid" from '51, which in turn drew on a (media exploited) 'biker' fiasco on July 4th, 1947, in sleepy Hollister California. Nothing - of this genre - existed previously. Times were more innocent. This was post WWII. TV was new! Before 'rock'n'roll'. These pre-Elvis youths were jazz influenced... even in their language. "Hey Pops..." "You're square, man." "Dig Daddy-O?" Ultra cool and indifferent 29 year old Marlon Brando was an incredible icon and a remarkable talent. Director Martin Scorsese said of him: "He is the marker. There's 'before Brando' and there's 'after Brando'." He influenced the likes of James Dean, Paul Newman, Elvis Presley, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Meryl Streep, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling... Even the Beatles took their name from this movie - from Lee Marvin's side biker gang "The Beetles". I am simply in awe of this spectacular milestone film.

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Monolith
Feb 19, 2012

Mildred: (referencing the Black Rebels Motorcycle Club) "Hey Johnny... what are you rebelling against?" Johnny: "Whattya got?"

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Monolith
Feb 19, 2012

Johnny: "Now if you're gonna stay cool you've got to wail. You've got to put somethin' down. You've got to make some jive. Don't you know what I'm talkin' about?"

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Monolith
Feb 19, 2012

(Opening 'statement' revised): This is a shocking story. It could never take place in most American towns - but it did in this one. It is a public challenge not to let it happen again.

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Monolith
Feb 19, 2012

(Opening 'statement'): This is a shocking story. It could never take place in most American towns - but it did in this one.

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