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Release Date:
25 May 1984 (Sweden) See more »
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Sworn to Fun...Loyal to None!!! See more »
Plot:
Trouble ensues when a motorcycle gang stops in a small southern town while heading to the races at Daytona. | Add synopsis »
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Willem Dafoe Remembers His First Mention in Variety
 (From Variety - Film News. 25 July 2014, 10:00 AM, PDT)

Re-Viewed: Kathryn Bigelow's vampire gem Near Dark
 (From Digital Spy - Movie News. 21 February 2014, 1:30 AM, PST)

The films of Kathryn Bigelow
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Don't we look good in black leather! See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Willem Dafoe ... Vance
Robert Gordon ... Davis
Marin Kanter ... Telena
J. Don Ferguson ... Tarver
Tina L'Hotsky ... Sportster Debbie
Lawrence Matarese ... La Ville
Danny Rosen ... Ricky
Phillip Kimbrough ... Hurley
Ken Call ... Buck
Elizabeth Gans ... Augusta
Margaret Jo Lee ... Evie
John King ... John
Bob Hannah ... Sid
Jane Berman ... Lady in T-Bird
A.B. Calloway ... Truck driver in diner
Leslie Kribbs Jr. ... Wino
Don Tilly ... Cook
Herbie Benton ... Customer at diner
Isaiah Houston ... Old man at pipeline
Charles Robertson ... Old man at pipeline
Cliff Hall ... Children at pipeline
Chris Johnson ... Children at pipeline
Michael Gorgick ... Truck driver in diner
Ned Lambert ... Man outside package store
Freddie West ... Package store owner
Earl Jackson ... Card player at package store
Oscar Waycaster ... G.I. in lounge
Michael Birnes ... Customer in lounge
Robin Davis ... Customer in lounge
Allan Hunt ... Customer in lounge
George Logan ... Customer in lounge
Virginia Logan ... Customer in lounge
Nicholas Warf ... Customer in lounge
Paul Williams ... Customer in lounge
Mary-Ann Monforton ... Customer in lounge (as Mary Ann Monforton)
Wallace Melton ... Customer in lounge
Huey Dixon ... Customer in lounge
John Cottes ... Bartender
Edward McDuffie ... Redneck
C. Alan Rawlins ... Local Youth (as Alan Rawlins)
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Directed by
Kathryn Bigelow 
Monty Montgomery 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kathryn Bigelow 
Monty Montgomery 

Produced by
A. Kitman Ho .... producer
Grafton Nunes .... producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Gordon 
 
Cinematography by
Doyle Smith 
 
Film Editing by
Nancy Kanter 
 
Production Design by
Lilly Kilvert 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Tyler .... key hair stylist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Kupersmith .... key grip
 
Music Department
Artie Kaplan .... music coordinator
John Lurie .... composer: additional music
Tim Wisner .... music arranger
 
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Clayton Townsend .... location manager
 

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Sweden:82 min
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Trivia:
The film was originally titled "US 17" after the highway in Georgia where it takes place. Distributors renamed it "Breakdown" for its worldwide premiere at a film festival in Switzerland.See more »
Quotes:
Vance:[Voiceover] - I'm a regular joe. I've got an itch between my legs, and an afternoon for a heart.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Bad Sister (1983) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Coffee House BluesSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Don't we look good in black leather!, 10 December 2006
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

In the 1950s, a group of leather-clad bikers led by Vance are on their way to Daytona, Florida to compete in a race, but they get sidetracked into a quiet Georgia town to fix up a broken down bike. The uptight locals see them as nothing but trouble, and surely enough problems occur. The waitress of the dinner catches Vance's eyes and another being a brash, young teen, Elena.

Wearing black leather never looked so cool! "We're going nowhere… fast" Well, this tag-line accurately describes this sublime, independent feature. Sure, it's not for everyone's tastes, but I loved this ultra-slick, inventively moody trip through the eyes of a couple of laid-back bikers of the 50s. For some people it might be aimlessly dull, because of the mellow tempo and it consciously ticks a long at a leisurely pace with vast empty spaces. I found it to be an evocative tale (despite being quite broad) that has a real hypnotic trance surrounding its arrestingly stylish framework that milks out the sullen atmosphere. There's such an authentic feel about it and so many inspired and iconic imagery seeping off the screen that you can't bear to take your eyes off it.

The film was co-written and co-directed by Kathryn Bigelow and Monty Montgomery in their first major feature. The pairs' profoundly, textured direction, catches every little elegant detail (great use of the soothing neon-lighting and composition) with the guidance of Doyle Smith's crisply spacious cinematography. Being shot on location really added to the film's natural presence and unattainable free spirit. Story-wise, there's nothing really conventional about it, but just letting the poetically distinctive situations evolve into an impulsively, harrowing conclusion. The dialogues are rather dry and very sparse with splashes of sly remarks. While, it might not have a lot to say in its context. The stirring visual and music contributions do actually round it off nicely. A divinely, swish rockabilly soundtrack by Robert Gordon and mostly John Lurie becomes a major part of the scene, as it does shape the swanky feel.

A huge curiosity would be that of William Dafoe's first major feature role and he rings true in a brilliant performance. His confidently, hardened turn simply has you in awe of his on screen magnetism. There are memorable no-bar performances by Robert Gordon, Tina L'Hotsky, Lawrence Matarese, Danny Rosen and Phillip Kimbrough, who snugly fill the shoes of the tightly rapport biker gang. Marin Kanter has attitude in her part as, Elena. J. Don Ferguson plays Elena's father, Tarver and brings to the table a character just waiting to crack. Finally, Elizabeth Gans is delightful in her role as the waitress, Augusta.

This is more than just a basic biker; exploitation movie and I sure loved it. A beautifully, worthy obscure gem that's worth a look for those who enjoy a lot finesse mixed with a touch of enigma.

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