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The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)

A married woman leaves her husband and zooms off on her motorcycle to see her lover.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

André Pieyre de Mandiargues (novel), Ronald Duncan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Daniel
Marianne Faithfull ... Rebecca
Roger Mutton Roger Mutton ... Raymond
Marius Goring ... Rebecca's Father
Catherine Jourdan ... Catherine
Jean Leduc Jean Leduc ... Jean
Jacques Marin ... Pump Attendant
André Maranne André Maranne ... French Superintendent / French Customs Officer
Bari Jonson Bari Jonson ... French Customs Officer
Arnold Diamond ... French Customs Officer
John G. Heller ... German Customs Officer
Marika Rivera Marika Rivera ... German Waitress
Richard Blake Richard Blake ... 1st Student
Chris Williams Chris Williams ... 2nd Student
Colin West Colin West ... 3rd Student
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Storyline

Newly-married Rebecca leaves her husband's Alsatian bed on her prized motorbike - symbol of freedom and escape - to visit her lover in Heidelberg. En route she indulges in psychedelic reveries as she relives her changing relationship with the two men. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl on a Motorcycle See more »

Filming Locations:

Strasbourg, France See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first film to recieve an 'X' rating from the MPAA in the United States. See more »

Goofs

The bike she rides is a Harley-Davidson. Throughout the film the soundtrack lacks the distinctive H-D sound; in fact, if you listen closely it becomes quite obvious that the sound dubbed was that of a British twin motorcycle of the era (either a Triumph, BSA or Norton). See more »

Quotes

Rebecca: Rebellion is the only thing that keeps you alive!
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Crazy Credits

The word "Customs" in the end credits is repeatedly and incorrectly written as "Custom's" (with an apostrophe). See more »

Alternate Versions

For the original UK cinema release the film was cut heavily by the BBFC with edits to all of the sex scenes and shots of Rebecca caressing the saddle of the motorbike. The same print was used for the 1990 15-rated Castle video, though the cuts were waived in 2001 for all DVD releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rupan sansei (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Daniel (Daniel's Theme)
Composed and arranged by Les Reed
Performed by The British Lion Orchestra conducted by Douglas Gamley
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This Girl is a Wild Ride!
23 June 1999 | by macnemoSee all my reviews

Rebecca (Marianne Faithfull), a dissatisfied and restless young woman prone to talking to herself way too much leaves her boring, effete schoolteacher husband ("You never do what you want to do, only what you ought to do.") and hits the road from France to Germany to be with her more virile Swiss lover Daniel (Alain Delon).

If you dig cult cinema; the 60s when free love was happening, Baby; and an offbeat, erotic story told in a visually dazzling and kinetic fashion, then this Girl on a Motorcycle offers you a wild, sexy trip through her far-out mind that I think you'll definitely dig! Hop on and go for a spin, Daddy!


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