Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Reviews
I love the cast: pre-surgery Rourke, Johnson's probably the best actor, Tom Sizemore-the evil banker and his unusual henchmen led by Daniel Baldwin, Vanessa Williams and Tia Carrere are eye-candy, while Chelsea Field is pretty and talented. The rest, Big John Studd included, fill out a raucous cast. Harley-Marlboro was a box office disappointment, making only $7 million on a $23 million budget, but don't let that deter you from the fun of watching it. There are too many attempts at sub-plots and backstories; watch this for the "we're in this together" camaraderie. Don't look for some higher purpose or anything artsy or Oscar=worthy. It's pure cheesy fun.
At a certain point it starts to get really dumb, the bad guys all turn up looking ridiculous in their 'pre-Matrix' leather coats and shades and there is allot of over the top gun fights and killing when it could of been a decent comedy action, drops into trash I'm afraid. Rourke never changes his clothes and nobody can shoot for shit haha plus it gets way to predictable towards the end.
Who uses the word dilettante, anyways? That's basically the only thing that I can remember about this movie. I saw this film on cable after a long long time. I had some memories of it but I guess I've grown because what I thought was fun and all turned out to be pretty goddamn lame.
The story is about two guys, Harley Davidson and Marlboro. Yep, one rides a Harley and the other smokes Marlboro's. Two plain old losers who haven't accomplished anything in their lives. Basically it's a story about friendship and determination... for dumb people.
I couldn't but laugh when the so called action started. It consists of people just shooting a lot of bullets. I think their shot percentage is about 2 percent? Everytime when there was some kind of action, I thought for myself that I could do these scenes, even though I have zero training for making movies.
But there was still something that I liked about the movie and it was the duo of Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson. They're not giving career best performances here but it was kinda nice to see 'em two making a movie together.
'Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man' looks and feels as a TV movie. There's nothing spectacular in it, only some occasional witty dialogue and proof of that the younger Baldwin brothers can't act for shit. Ain't gonna watch it for a third time, for sure.
Mickey Rourke plays Harley Davidson, a biker, who loves being on the road. He figures, it is time to see his old pals in Los Angeles. His close friend is Marlboro Man (Amusingly played by Don Johnson, who gets all the best lines in it), who was a former Rodeo Rider, who is now hustling people to get by. When Harley and Marlboro finds that his close friends (Giancarlo Esposito, the late Julius Harris, Eloy Casados and the late Big John Studd in his last film) are losing their bar, due to a highly greedy banker (Played by Tom Sizemore). They need to come up with $2,5 million to save their bar. When Harley thinks, they should ride an armored truck. They robbed the wrong truck, they ended up stealing an new drug called "Crystal Dream". But things get more complicated, when the banker has an Professional ruthless gang of killers (Lead by Daniel Baldwin) to take care of the mess.
Directed by Simon Wincer (D.A.R.Y.L., Free Willy, Operation Dumbo Drop) made an fairly entertaining action-adventure. While this movie has an good cast and sometimes often funny script. Rourke and Johnson are never quite believable as the two leads in it. Although both actors do have some amusing sequences, when they are on-screen together. Johnson has the more sastifying role in it. It is fun to see early screen roles for Sizemore and Baldwin playing major villians in it. Also there is a few familiar faces in supporting roles or bit parts.
It was an box office disappointment in the summer of 1991, thanks to some awful reviews. Sure, the premise isn't original and the leads are mis-matched but it isn't boring to say the least. The movie does have an cult following. Love it or Hate it, this is one of the better if underrated action movies of the 1990's has to offer. Grade:B+.