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The Wild One ()


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Two rival motorcycle gangs terrorize a small town after one of their leaders is thrown in jail.

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Johnny Strabler
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Kathie Bleeker
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Sheriff Harry Bleeker
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Chino
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Sheriff Stew Singer
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Mildred
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Charlie Thomas
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Frank Bleeker
John Brown ...
Bill Hannegan
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Art Kleiner
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Ben
William Vedder ...
Jimmy
Yvonne Doughty ...
Britches
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Cyclist (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
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Stinger (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Wilson (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ...
One of Chino's Boys (uncredited)
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One of Chino's Boys (uncredited)
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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)
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Sage Valley Race Official (uncredited)
Darren Dublin ...
Dinky (uncredited)
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Gang Member (uncredited)
Larry Duran ...
Black Rebels Motorcycle Gang Member (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Don Fera ...
Cyclist (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
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Official (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ...
One of Chino's Boys (uncredited)
Pepe Hern ...
One of Chino's Boys (uncredited)
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Cycle Gang Member (uncredited)
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GoGo (uncredited)
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Gang Member (uncredited)
Eve March ...
Dorothy - Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ...
Deputy (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
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Pigeon (uncredited)
Mary Newton ...
Mrs. Thomas (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Sawyer (uncredited)
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Dextro (uncredited)
Eugene Peterson ...
Crazy (uncredited)
K.L. Smith ...
One of Chino's Boys (uncredited)
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Betty (uncredited)
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Mouse (uncredited)
Jerry Sullivan ...
Spectator Cyclist (uncredited)
John Tarangelo ...
Red (uncredited)
Del Tenney ...
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Simmonds (uncredited)
Danny Welton ...
Bee Bop (uncredited)
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Bystander at Art's Accident (uncredited)

Directed by

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Laslo Benedek

Written by

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John Paxton ... (screenplay)
 
Frank Rooney ... (based on a story by)
 
Ben Maddow ... () (uncredited)

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Stanley Kramer ... producer (uncredited)

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Leith Stevens ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

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Hal Mohr ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Al Clark

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Rudolph Sternad

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Walter Holscher

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Louis Diage

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Paul Donnelly ... assistant director

Sound Department

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George Cooper ... sound engineer

Stunts

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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

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Phil Stern ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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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)

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Jim Cameron ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Willie Forkner ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Cop-hating Johnny Strabler is recounting the fateful events that led up to the "whole mess" as he calls it, his role in the mess and whether he could have stopped it from happening. The Black Rebels, a motorcycle gang of which Johnny is the leader, cause a ruckus using intimidation wherever they go, with their actions bordering on the unlawful. On the day of the mess, they invade a motorcycle racing event, at which they cause a general disturbance culminating with one of the gang members stealing a second place trophy to give to Johnny. Despite not being the larger winning trophy, it symbolizes to Johnny his leadership within the group. Their next stop is a small town where their disturbance and intimidation tactics continue. Some in town don't mind their arrival as long as they spend money. Harry Bleeker, the local sheriff, doesn't much like them but is so ineffective and weak that he doesn't do anything to stop them, much to the annoyance of some of the other townsfolk, who see the gang as being a criminal element not to be tolerated. Johnny is attracted to the innocent Kathie Bleeker, the waitress at the local café, who is initially intimidated by Johnny and the gang. His feelings change when he learns she is Sheriff Bleeker's daughter. The actions of the gang escalates when the Beetles, a splinter group of the Black Rebels, arrive in town. As things start to get out of hand between the gangs, some of the townsfolk, such as Charlie Thomas who is in his own right a bully albeit one of the "establishment", decide to take matters into their own hands. But Kathie may make Johnny change his beliefs, especially about what is happening this day in the town. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Marlon Brando! Driven Too Far By His Own Hot Blood! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Cyclists' Raid (United States)
  • Hot Blood (United States)
  • L'équipée sauvage (France)
  • Salvaje (Spain)
  • El salvaje (Chile)
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  • 79 min
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Trivia This film was banned in the U.K. until 1968. See more »
Goofs Wire holding handle-bar/throttle can be seen during side view of Johnny's run-away cycle before it hits and kills Jimmy. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Heavy Petting (1989). See more »
Quotes Mildred: Hey Johnny, what are you rebelling against?
Johnny: Whadda you got?
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