Then Came Bronson (1969–1970)
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A newspaper reporter quits his job and travels across America by motorcycle.

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Inspector Otis
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Gloria Oresko
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Editor Carson
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Petty
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Jim Bronson is a young newspaperman who quits his job following the suicide of his best friend, and sets out on a cross-country trip on his motorcycle in his quest for the meaning of life in which he befriends a runway bride, another searching soul, in this pilot for the TV series of the same name. Written by Matthew Patay

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24 March 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Bud Ekins did the stunt motorcycle work for this TV Pilot and series, he was best friends with Steve McQueen, and stunt rode for him in The Great Escape. See more »

Goofs

During the hill climbing you can see that the bike Jim is on is not a Sportster, the exhaust pipes give that away. See more »

Quotes

Temple Brooks: [to Jim] You almost killed me back there, what kind of a reject are you anyway?
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Connections

Referenced in Morirás con el sol (Motociclistas suicidas) (1973) See more »

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Snapshot of the late 60's, early 70's
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Then Came Bronson was seminal and what I remember most about it (since I was 12 when I saw it for the first time) was the notion that you could lose yourself in America by simply getting on a motorcycle and disappearing. The imagery was perfect for young guys like myself who were watching people come back from Vietnam, utterly broken by the events of the period. The theme of "no ties" was utterly appealing to many people who felt that any connection to the "establishment" was empty and devoid of the satisfaction one could get from simply getting lost and "being free." The main character was far less hardened than other similar leading dropouts of the same genre (Fonda, Brando, Hopper) and far less psychodelic than guys pushing the "trippy" side of late 60's America. Bronson was more of a workin man's dropout and that's what I loved about him. And the mountain climb was unique. I think a whole generation of dirt-bikers caught the bug after seeing this movie for the first time.

Very cool, man.


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