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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daniel
... Rebecca
Roger Mutton ... Raymond
... Rebecca's Father
Catherine Jourdan ... Catherine
Jean Leduc ... Jean
... Pump Attendant
André Maranne ... French Superintendent / French Customs Officer
Bari Jonson ... French Customs Officer
... French Customs Officer
... German Customs Officer
Marika Rivera ... German Waitress
Richard Blake ... 1st Student
Chris Williams ... 2nd Student
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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Trivia

A German woman who was a Playboy centerfold was originally cast as Rebecca, but was let go after she had a drug overdose. Marianne Faithfull was subsequently cast in the lead. See more »

Goofs

In close shots Rebecca and her motorbike stay vertical even going around corners, revealing the fact that she was probably on a trailer being towed behind the camera. 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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Big Bare Beat
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 See 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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