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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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Her bike, a wild companion, racing her from husband to lover.. See more »

Genres:

Drama | 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 »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Marianne Faithfull's gift motorcycle is a Harley Davidson Electra Glide; Alain Delon rides a 750cc Norton Atlas. See more »

Goofs

In one of the first scenes, the shifting heard is that of a close-ratio gearbox. In the rest of the film, the shift pattern heard is that of a conventional gearbox. 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

The film was made in both French and English for its original theatrical release See more »

Connections

Featured in Harley-Davidson: The American Motorcycle (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Souvenirs Of Raymond (Souvenirs Of Stefan)
Composed and arranged by Les Reed
Performed by The British Lion Orchestra conducted by Douglas Gamley
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The Most Perfect Movie Ever Made
9 March 2000 | by artcorpsSee all my reviews

An emerging cult classic that was hard to find until its recent release on video, GIRL ON A MOTORCYCLE is beautiful in its simplicity. Marianne Faithfull's character serves as a wish-fulfilment fantasy for both men and women, she's a figure of liberation and freedom who bucks social conventions to follow her heart. The film was a labor of love for veteran Hollywood cinematographer Jack Cardiff, and captures the late 1960's zeitgeist that is nowadays parodied in films like "Austin Powers." But one need only compare the opening sequence of this film to the beginning of David Lynch's "Lost Highway" to see the influence this film still has thirty years later.

Rated "X" when it was originally released, even the "uncensored" version would be lucky to get an "R" these days, which more reflects changing social morays than the filmmakers' intentions. Far from reputation the film has developed, it is in fact an intriguing psychological study of a troubled young woman who must choose either a safe, loveless marriage or a passionate affair with a man who vows never to love again.


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