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Willem Dafoe exudes a surly raw sexuality in his first credited screen role as 'Vance,' a rough and tumble biker traveling the back roads of America with his gang during the 1950's. Vance establishes the duality of his character in the very first scene of the film: He is decent enough to come to the assistance of a lone woman driving along a deserted stretch of road by changing out her flat tire. However, when the woman offers Vance a grudging pittance for his time and trouble, he doesn't hesitate to reach through the car window, grab her purse and rifle through her wallet until he pulls out a more satisfactory sum. He then proceeds to plant a groping kiss on her as a bonus. How you react to this scene is probably a good indication of whether or not you will enjoy this movie. It is pretty over the top.
Vance and his motorcycle gang are on their way to Daytona Beach for the races when one of their motorcycles breaks down--forcing them to spend the day at a little out-of-the-way garage and cafe off U.S. Highway 17 until they complete the repairs. The locals are a mixture of the curious and the openly hostile.Read more ›
Forget about Captain America and Easy Rider. That's the romantic notion that everyone seems to think of when they talk about motorcycle movies. Think Danny Lyon instead. I rode from NYC to California and back with a friend, and we get together every year or so to watch this movie and laugh at Wilem DaFoe's lines. We both agree that this movie really captures the less glamorous side of going cross country on our sleds.
You also have to have watched the exploitation flicks and Roughies of the 60s to grasp the oeuvre that Bigelow is going for. Though the actors look way better than your average hog biker, they don't quite act, they just "go" through the movie. Of course, with a cast like Rockabilly star Robert Gordon (whom I have seen perform in NYC at his height), DaFoe, and a motley cast of dirty bikers, you are guaranteed an unpolished performance.
Also the turning of the tables in sexual objectification is a welcomed change, as men get ogled by the camera lens throughout the movie, as the view linger leisurely on their body parts, wearing fetishtically tight motorocycle leather gear, refusing to budge...making us become aware of what mainstream cinema has been doing for so many decades to women.
to a movie every weekend in the late 70's and 80's and I never saw
or heard of this! I never saw it on tv. I got it because I'm a big fan
of Robert Gordon and Rockabilly and 50's music and of course
motorcycles. William Defoe is always good so I gave it a shot. It's
a strange weird 80's film with a 50's feel and you can't stop watching.
Robert Gordon is great in his scenes and the soundtrack is too. The
bikes the cars girls the coolness is just awesome! It reminds me of
Pulp Fiction with it's cool writing directing and acting but it was well
before that! I'm sure Quentin got the idea from this movie! I think
any fan of rock n roll rockabilly the ramones rock n roll high school
rebel movies and motorcycles will love this movie!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I already had this movie but my husband told a friend about it and we bought for him. He loved it!!!Published 12 months ago by socalem
Miracles do occur as the many of the folks behind this mash-mash of Kenneth Anger leather-boy posing, rockabilly tunes as stranded as the faux biker gang that invades a roadside... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Steven Gaydos
Considerung the director and the star, i guess I expected a reasonably interesting flick. it was like a lame, amature satire - Slow,BORING and maybe an inside joke. Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by pete sheehan