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Release Date:
25 May 1984 (Sweden) See more »
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Tagline:
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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(11 articles)
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
 (From Blogomatic3000. 8 January 2013, 8:38 AM, PST)

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cool little biker movie that favors mood over story, but what mood! 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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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:
Rip It UpSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
cool little biker movie that favors mood over story, but what mood!, 18 November 2010
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

They ride fast and live dirty and cool, that could be a tagline for The Loveless. The characters in this biker gang, who are actually relatively peaceful compared to the people in The Wild One (they aren't that rebellious, but just enough to make an impression), and just want to chill in a small not-quite town until they can go down to Daytona for a big race. But there isn't much to do in terms of hanging out. Sure, they can work on their rides in a local garage, and sure Willem Dafoe's Vance has a ladies-man charm that is uncanny (or just, you know, 'bad boy' style, as we see in an opening scene where he helps an older woman with a flat tire), and sure there's a night of revelry in a bar. But these guys aren't looking too much for trouble, relatively. It's more about how they just want to drink some good booze, listen to their rock and roll, and unfortunately get harassed by rednecks who think their Commies.

I can't really say for Monty Montgomery, as he directed this as his first feature and then went off into producing (save maybe for the connection to Wild at Heart), but as Kathryn Bigelow's first film as co- director it shows so much promise for the rest of her career. And intriguingly it's not quite like her other movies. It's inspired by some of the Wild One, some rock and roll, but in its look and melodramatic shades such as with the girl Vance hooks up with it's akin to Douglas Sirk. It's visual sheen is very 1950's, and it's got guys on bikes who are looking for a good time, and all the actors are cast spot on. Fun to watch as well is one of the bikers played by Robert Gordon, a Rockabilly legend. But it's Bigelow's vision that makes it unique, and perhaps Montgomery's affinity for 50's low-down road culture.

It's hard to pin-point what makes the movie interesting since, frankly, not a whole lot happens. There's the romantic fling Vance has with the girl- a scenario shot with loving close-ups to the girl and a fine look to the motel bed scenes- and there's some doing with the sub-plot of the redneck dudes looking to beat some biker ass. But the tone is what counts here, and what may actually turn off some viewers. There isn't a lot of 'plot' and in some ways, more than any other Bigelow film, resembles a European piece that concerns itself with how these guys move, react, listen to the music (and there's a lot, a close second to American Graffiti in terms of amount of 50's rock tunes, this less recognizable but still as meaningful), and get drunk in a bar with what looks like 100 bottles on a table.

What it comes down to in The Loveless is you can either take the figurative ride with these guys just hanging out, or not. I did, and it was enjoyable once it got me in its grasp. It's never boring though; you always are a little on edge that something *could* happen, and when it does (i.e. the confrontation between the girl's father and Vance) that it reaches a dramatic peak, or of course with the violent climax that could be an homage to Peckinpah. It's just a different kind of biker movie, less concerned with action and more about what it was like to be these guys, or be around them, in a sleepy nothing-town in the mid 50's. If Antonioni made a biker movie and had to have a soundtrack of wall-to-wall rockabilly, it might be this.

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