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The Wild One -- Marlon Brando scorches the screen in this powerful '50s cult classic about a biker gang that terrorizes a small California town.
The Wild One -- Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

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Director:
Writers:
John Paxton (screenplay)
Frank Rooney (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
February 1954 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Marlon Brando! Driven Too Far By His Own Hot Blood! See more »
Plot:
Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Johnny Strabler / Narrator

Mary Murphy ... Kathie Bleeker

Robert Keith ... Sheriff Harry Bleeker

Lee Marvin ... Chino

Jay C. Flippen ... Sheriff Stew Singer
Peggy Maley ... Mildred
Hugh Sanders ... Charlie Thomas

Ray Teal ... Frank Bleeker
John Brown ... Bill Hannegan

Will Wright ... Art Kleiner
Robert Osterloh ... Ben
William Vedder ... Jimmy
Yvonne Doughty ... Britches
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Del Tenney

Wally Albright ... Cyclist (uncredited)

Chris Alcaide ... Deputy (uncredited)

Don Anderson ... Stinger (uncredited)

Robert Anderson ... Policeman (uncredited)

Robert Bice ... Wilson (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... One of Chino's Boys (uncredited)

Norman Budd ... One of Chino's Boys (uncredited)

Timothy Carey ... Chino's Boy #1 (uncredited)
Charles Cirillo ... Bee Bop (uncredited)
Keith Clarke ... Gringo (uncredited)
Jim Connell ... Boxer (uncredited)
Ted Cooper ... Racer (uncredited)
Dude Criswell ... Cyclist (uncredited)
George Dockstader ... Cyclist (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Sage Valley Race Official (uncredited)
Darren Dublin ... Dinky (uncredited)

Johnny Duncan ... Gang Member (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... (uncredited)
Don Fera ... Cyclist (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sam Gilman ... Deputy (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Official (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ... One of Chino's Boys (uncredited)
Pepe Hern ... One of Chino's Boys (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes ... Cycle Gang Member (uncredited)
Harry Landers ... GoGo (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Eve March ... Dorothy - Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ... Deputy (uncredited)

Mort Mills ... Deputy (uncredited)
Alvy Moore ... Pigeon (uncredited)
Mary Newton ... Mrs. Thomas (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Sawyer (uncredited)

Jerry Paris ... Dextro (uncredited)
Eugene Peterson ... Crazy (uncredited)
K.L. Smith ... One of Chino's Boys (uncredited)

Angela Stevens ... Betty (uncredited)

Gil Stratton ... Mouse (uncredited)
Jerry Sullivan ... Spectator Cyclist (uncredited)
John Tarangelo ... Red (uncredited)
Bruno VeSota ... Simmonds (uncredited)
Danny Welton ... Bee Bop (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Bystander at Art's Accident (uncredited)

Directed by
Laslo Benedek 
 
Writing credits
John Paxton (screenplay)

Frank Rooney (based on a story by)

Ben Maddow  uncredited

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Leith Stevens (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Donnelly .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound engineer
 
Stunts
X Brands .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Carson .... stunt double: Marlon Brando (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... fight double: Marlon Brando (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... fight double: Lee Marvin (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Harry Betts .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Bob Enevoldsen .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Maynard Ferguson .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Russ Freeman .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Herb Geller .... musician: alto sax (uncredited)
Ray Linn .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bill Perkins .... musician: tenor sax (uncredited)
Shorty Rogers .... music arranger (uncredited)
Bud Shank .... musician: alto sax (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jim Cameron .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Willie Forkner .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (uncut) (2013) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1966) | Finland:(Banned) (cut) (1956) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1954) | Norway:16 (1956) | Norway:(Banned) (1954 - 1956) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | UK:X (re-rating) (1967) (cut) | UK:R (original rating) (1955) | USA:TV-14 | USA:Approved (PCA #16106) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Trivia:
Widely released as a double bill with The Big Heat (1953) in the U.S.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Obvious stunt double for Johnny when he jumps a fence, just before getting back to his bike.See more »
Quotes:
Kathie Bleeker:Where are you going when you leave here?
Johnny:[he pauses and just shrugs]
Kathie Bleeker:Don't you know?
Johnny:Oh, man. we're just gonna go!
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Brando and his motorcycle gang ride into town..., 2 May 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

MARLON BRANDO rides into town leading a pack of wild motorcycle riders who proceed to terrorize a hick town before LEE MARVIN shows up and gets into a drunken fight with Brando (as Johnny). Meantime, Johnny flirts dangerously with a cop's daughter (MARY MURPHY) who runs a cafe. Her father is played by ROBERT KEITH, a lawman who's reticent about using his authority with a bunch of motorcycle thugs.

Tension builds when Keith manages to haul Lee Marvin off to jail. Brando's buddies manage to get a hold of one of the town bullies and put him in the jail cell with the drunken Marvin who has passed out. They then go on a wild rampage but not before some of the town's men decide to form a vigilante squad and go after Brando. Brando has a brief romantic fling with the girl who realizes loving him is a lost cause.

***** POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD ***** The plot moves swiftly to a conclusion once the girl is able to convince the authorities that he wasn't responsible for the death of an elderly bystander hit by a motorcycle.

Stanley Kramer production has a nice, tense background score by Leith Stevens.

Summing up: Early Brando is impressive to watch, but much of the dialog is very dated and anchored firmly in the 1950s by the slang and be-bop expressions and overall concept of the film.

Famous for the moment when a girl taunts him with: "What are you rebelling against?"

Brando's terse reply: "What have you got?"

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