Girl on a Motorcycle (1968) (1968)



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Director Jack Cardiff also served as scripter and cinematographer of the Anglo-French co-production Girl on a Motorcycle (La Motocyclette) The girl in question is played by leather-clad Marianne Faithfull, who speeds through Alsace on her cycle, en route to a tryst in Heidelberg with her ex-lover (Alain Delon). In a series of flashbacks, she recalls the events leading up to the present critical moment, including her desultory marriage. Based on a novel by Andre de Pieyre, the R-rated Girl on a Motorcycle was originally released in English-speaking countries in an X-rated version titled Naked Under Leather. Based on the stage play by Walter Melville. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

The problem is that the quality of her erotic obsession, which might work out rater well in French, seems mirthlessly, sarcastically funny in English.

Apr 8, 2006 | Full Review…

The price in vulgarity is on the high side for a few misplaced laughs.

Jul 16, 2018 | Full Review…

It's less Summer of Love than Season of Lust and any sense of liberation is limited to her sexual horizons ...

May 4, 2012 | Full Review…

Cultish Marianne Faithfull, Alain Delon drama, featuring leather galore.

Jan 1, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)

Although I love the motorcycle angle of this love affair story, the rest of it is predictable and Faithfull isn't the greatest actress, she's pretty, but boring. Delon is the same, he's hot, but you don't get to know his character well enough, and he's pretty boring. Then there's all this crazy psychedelia going on with dreams and flashbacks or something that isn't really clear. Overall, it's okay, but there was so much more that they could have done with this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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Something of a cult 60s classic, it's a bit of a case of style over substance but Marriane Faithful is irresistable in motorcycle leathers! It's also got quite an empowering feminist theme that pre-dated Thelma and Louise by a couple of decades.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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