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
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Alain Delon
as Daniel
Roger Mutton
as Raymond
Marius Goring
as Father
Catherine Jourdan
as Catherine
Jean Leduc
as Jean
Arnold Diamond
as French Customs Officer
John Heller
as German Customs Officer
Andre Maranne
as French Superintendent
Jacques Marin
as Pump Attendant
Marika Rivera
as German Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)

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

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Audience Reviews for Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)

There's no getting around the fact that The Girl on a Motorcycle is an absolute mess, a bizarre collection of vague stabs at social commentary that don't coalesce into anything cohesive (touching on topics like female agency, anti-war sentiment, the nature of relationships, etc.) and exploitative shots of Faithful's breasts. The outdated special effects work in an entirely different way that they were intended to, gorgeous with their formless psychedelic colors but completely hilarious in their pointlessness, and the horrible dubbing only adds to the film's unintentional hilarity. Yes, this is a nonsensical amalgamation of half-baked ideas and technicolor scenery, but it also features Alain Delon looking beautiful on a motorcycle, rightfully playing a character meant to represent the physical manifestation of desire; as dumb, cheesy fun, it works.

Reece Leonard
Reece Leonard

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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