The Wild One
The Wild One (1954)

Johnny and his vicious biker gang invade a small, sleepy 1950s California town. The leather-jacketed young biker seems hell-bent for destruction until he falls for Kathie, a good girl whose father happens to be a cop. Unfortunately for… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 1, 1954
DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Legions of Brando impersonators have turned his performance in this seminal 1954 motorcycle movie into self-parody, but it's still a sleazy good time.

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Emanuel Levy

The film is outdated and its message overly stated, but in 1953, Brando's rebel unwittingly became a new screen hero and heralded the arrival of the Beat Generation.

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Ultimately The Wild One exploits and patronizes the bikers it depicts, and isn't the youth picture it is made out to be.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Brando's biker seems disarmingly tame by comparison with the wild angels he spawned. Yet the film isn't half bad.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Risible and outdated.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

This Stanley Kramer-produced film is the original biker movie.

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TV Guide

The first and best biker movie.

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Douglas Pratt

Marlon Brando stars as the leader of a motorcycle gang who somewhat inadvertantly cause a great deal of trouble in a small town.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Once radical, still iconic, but so dated that it's funny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
A young and angry Marlon Brando lights up the screen as an aimless biker gang leader rebelling against whatever he can find in this cult classic from the 50s.… More
Cindy I
I'm probably going to make enemies throughout the cosmos for this, but...I'm not impressed with Marlon Brando. Never have been. I will admit that he… More
jay nixon
Dated and a bit ridiculous now partially owing to the familiarity of some of the actors playing gang members who went on to careers as reliable supporting… More
Conner Rainwater
A well acted film that has an interesting story about corrupted youth. Marlon Brando plays a great rebellious character that is both charming and full of… More
Aj V
This is one of my absolute favourite biker movies. Brando is perfect in the lead role. The story is good, and the movie is exciting.
danny d
although entertaining, this film missteps in a lot of places. this is one of brando's weaker performances, the story is not quite as provocative as the… More