Apart from Easy Rider , this is probably one of the most famous biker movies around. Made in 1953, it hasn't lost any of its luster, despite being in black & white.. Starring Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin, this is an old style movie; no special effects, just plain good old acting, a reasonable (but predictable) plot and stunts. They don't make them like this anymore.
It's funny to see that the first motorcycle gang, Brando's Black Rebels, ride mostly Triumphs and some BSAs motorcycles, while the second gang, Marvin's Beatles, ride Harley-Davidson. The Triumph motorcycle used by Marlon Brando in the movie was his personal bike. Lee Marvin did not know how to ride motorcycle before doing this movie, but he learned here, and he was hooked. He even went on and raced dirt motorcycles.
The story is actually based on true events that happened in Hollister, but in true Hollywood fashion, it got changed beyond proportions and recognition.
Plot: A gang of 40 motorcyclists, the Black Rebels, gatecrash a legitimate motorcycle race. They are eventually thrown out, but one of the gang steals the second prize trophy and gives it to their leader, Johnny. The gang then ride into Wrightsville, where they cruise up and down the main street, and pile into Bleekers - the local bar. The owner of the bar, the Sheriff, is happy to let the bikers spend their money, so does nothing to break up any disturbances.
Johnny falls for the Sheriffs daughter, and tries to impress her with the trophy. When a rival gang ride into town, trouble is just around the corner.
Quotes: "Don't get hurt.Blood makes everything slippery". "What're you rebelling against, Johnny? - What've you got?"
Verdict: If you haven't seen this movie, you're not into biker movies.
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