Wild One

Wild One

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Director: Laslo Benedek

Cast: Laslo Benedek, Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Robert Keith

     
 

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Acting legend Marlon Brando stars in director László Benedek's 1953 drama The Wild One. Columbia has done excellent work on this 1.33:1 full frame transfer (the film's original aspect ratio). The black and white colors are all well saturated and crisp with only the slightest amount of grain penetrating the image. While this picture may not be reference quality,See more details below

Overview

Acting legend Marlon Brando stars in director László Benedek's 1953 drama The Wild One. Columbia has done excellent work on this 1.33:1 full frame transfer (the film's original aspect ratio). The black and white colors are all well saturated and crisp with only the slightest amount of grain penetrating the image. While this picture may not be reference quality, overall it's the best the film has ever looked. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono in English and French and often sounds flat and boring. Any dynamic range and fidelity is sorely lacking, though this is to be expected from a film of such considerable age. All aspects of the mix are happily free and clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English and French subtitles. The only extra feature available on this disc is a theatrical trailer for the film, making this DVD edition of The Wild One a nearly bare bones disc.

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This classic youth rebellion movie was controversial not just for its permissive youth violence, but especially for its lack of a moral solution. Marlon Brando's image was long defined by his iconic role as a motorcycle gang leader. Directed by Laslo Benedek, the film is a cultural turning point, a mid-1950s harbinger of the generational and social unrest which would follow in the 1960s. Easy Rider, the emblematic film of the late 1960s counter-culture, was itself a derivative of The Wild One. As two gangs of hoods terrorize a quiet Midwestern U.S. town, the complacency of post-war, white-bread America is figuratively shattered, and nothing in American culture would ever be quite so placid again. As a film, The Wild One is a brooding soap opera that seems dated in retrospect, but its cinematic impact was slight compared to its cultural reverberations. Brando's stature as the bad boy of his era grew to immense proportions, and the film was banned in Britain for fourteen years (until 1968), as authorities feared that it would incite riots.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
UPC:
0043396062399
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:19:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Languages: English, French; Subtitles: English, French; Theatrical trailers; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Johnny
Mary Murphy Kathie
Robert Keith Harry Bleeker
Lee Marvin Chino
Jay C. Flippen Sheriff Singer
Peggy Maley Mildred
Hugh Sanders Charlie Thomas
Ray Teal Frank Bleeker
John Brown Bill Hannegan
Will Wright Art Kleiner
Robert Osterloh Ben
Robert Bice Wilson
William Vedder Simmy
Yvonne Doughty Britches
Darren Dublin Dinky
John Tarangelo Red
Jerry Paris Dextro
Alvy Moore Pidgeon
Harry Landers GoGo
Don Anderson Stinger
Angela Stevens Betty
Bruno Ve Sota Simmonck
Pat O'Malley Sawyer
Wally Albright Cyclist
Timothy Carey Chino Boy
Ted Cooper Racer
Eve March Dorothy
Mary Newton Mrs. Thomas
Gil Stratton Mouse

Technical Credits
Laslo Benedek Director
Al Clark Editor
George Cooper Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Diage Set Decoration/Design
Walter Holscher Art Director
Stanley Kramer Producer
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
John Paxton Screenwriter
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selecitons
1. Start [3:03]
2. Day at the races [7:17]
3. Dragging for beers [3:11]
4. Beer in the bar [2:32]
5. Getting acquainted [1:25]
6. Waiting for Crazy [1:59]
7. Bleeker's Cafe-Bar [2:58]
8. Jiving with Jimmy [5:01]
9. Crazy returns [:46]
10. Chino & the Beetles [2:49]
11. The main event [2:23]
12. Meatball & Charlie [2:52]
13. Britches [2:23]
14. Anticipating trouble [2:10]
15. Springing Chino [2:54]
16. Back at Bleeker's [3:30]
17. At the jail [1:51]
18. New talent [2:59]
19. Two for the road [1:22]
20. Kathie & Johnny [5:52]
21. "Storm the Bastille!" [:59]
22. "They've got Johnny." [2:17]
23. Respectful beating [1:18]
24. Escaping the mob [2:15]
25. Trapped [2:29]
26. "I didn't kill nobody." [1:50]
27. Kathie explains [5:36]
28. Saying thanks [2:53]

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