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The Loveless -- Willem Dafoe made his unforgettable movie debut as the leader of a 50s biker gang lost in a world of black leather, bad girls and sudden violence in the independent hit that marked the emergence of one of modern cinemas most important woman directors.

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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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Hyperrealism in real time. 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)

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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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2015) | USA:R

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Trivia:
The film was originally called "Breakdown" but director Bigelow didn't like the title, feeling it was too generic.See more »
Quotes:
Augusta:You don't look like the type to stay in one place for too long...
Vance:Yeah? I never had the urge.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Bad Sister (1983) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rip It UpSee more »

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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Hyperrealism in real time., 17 May 2002
Author: cd332-livejournal-com from cd332.livejournal.com

I think this movie comes closest to what bikers experience while on the road. Boredom, waiting, mechanical problems, prejudice of the locals. I have done many transcontinental motorcycle rides alone, and this one captures it best. You're not going to come across Timothy Leary in the middle of nowhere (Roadside Prophets), or pick up Nicholson and get blown away (Easy Rider). There are long stretches where absolutely nothing happens. There is a scene where Dafoe sits in the bar and it is filmed in real time, security-camera style. Unbearable minutes go by and nothing happens at all, while a gorgeous Brenda Lee song "I Want To Be Wanted" plays in the background.

The loneliness of riding alone and coming into town alone is what makes this movie poignant and beautiful in a quiet way.

This movie is also a rockabilly heaven. Eddy Dixon's superb opening song Relentless is possibly one of the most difficult songs to find in print. NYC rockabilly singer Robert Gordon also serves up some over-the-top method acting here. DaFoe's narrative voice is already wonderful here, as is Bigelow's filmmaking style. Sometimes I explain this movie to people as one where the tables are turned and men get objectified. It's an interesting dynamic to see what mainstream films have done for so long to women done to men.

The plot is about a group of bikers who are en route to Florida to see some auto/bike racing. They are coming from different states and planning to converge at a meeting point. One of the biker's Harleys break down and there is a delay that holds them up in a small Georgia town. Dafoe runs into a daughter of a redneck at a gas station and hooks up there. Everything finally hits the fan at the local bar.

Lots of nice shots of vintage bikes. Harley shovelheads and knuckleheads are in effect throughout the movie.

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