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Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Reviews

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½ May 14, 2016
Rewatching an oldie but a goodie.
November 4, 2015
Okay it's a cliché of the action movie with 'has been' actors, with old jokes, testosterone and impossible situations (we have to admitt that the 2 dudes have this particular ability to create problems even bigger than those they had at first), but the rythm is good, the jokes work on me, and this movie must be watch like a unintentional parody, and in this case, it's a masterpiece.

Okay, it's a great childhood memory, I'm certainly not impartial. But I definitely love it.
July 12, 2015
This 1991 film is set in the near future (1996) and has some Sci-Fi elements and predictions that didn't come true (a second major international airport in L.A. County located in Burbank). The film was not a great success. Its not a bad little action flick with Rourke playing "Harley Davidson" a bad-ass biker and Don Johnson playing the "Marlboro Man" a former rodeo cowboy with dilapidated boots. When greedy bankers try to foreclose on their favorite bar, our heroes and their buddies rob an armored truck to try and pay off the bank; they plan on robbing the bank in question. Instead of cash, they get a shipment of high-tech drugs and are being chased by a squad of ice-cold assassins wearing long Kevlar-laced trench coats, wielding Austrian Steyr AUG assault rifles, and being led by Daniel Baldwin. Rourke is good at the begging of a fallow period that saw him retreat from movies and stop getting leading man roles; Johnson is an underrated actor and puts in a credible performance here. Its diverting and their are lots of performers who went on to bigger things in the 1990s (Baldwin, Vanessa Williams, Tia Carrere, Tom Sizemore, etc.). The soundtrack is 1980s Hair Metal which was still very popular at the time; after this movie's summer release in the Fall of 1991, Nirvanna would release Nevermind and the Hair Bands of the 1980s would soon disappear in a wave of Grunge.
½ April 26, 2015
Awww man! How have I not seen this until now? It was awesome!
½ March 10, 2015
There is something positively goofy about "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" that makes it modestly entertaining. While the script by Don Michael Paul (Half Past Dead) has some good ideas, since this one takes place in a slightly futuristic area of L.A., which it has a few funny satire moments in it. Otherwise, "Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" is a junky action movie, a true guilty pleasure in the sense.

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+.
½ March 9, 2015
One of my many guilty pleasure movies that I continue to adore.
February 28, 2015
The Mickey Rourke role has Bruce Willis written all over it. I wonder if he turned it down.
½ August 19, 2014
All attitude with zero substance.
March 1, 2014
Set in the then-future of 1996, Harley Davidson (Mickey Rourke), a rough biker with a shady past learns that an old friend will lose his bar, because a bank wants to build a new skyscraper there and demands 2.5 million dollars for a new contract in advance. Harley meets up with his lifelong friend The Marlboro Man (Don Johnson), a rodeo cowboy living in the past and they decide to help the friend by robbing the corrupt bank and use the money for the new contract. However, after they robbed the bank's armoured car, they discover the cargo they stole is the designer drug "Crystal Dream", not money. Chance Wilder (Tom Sizemore), the president of the band is deeply involved in drug dealing, demands the return of the drugs. A series of increasingly deadly encounters ensue as heavily armed assassins goes on a hunt for Harley and Marlboro...

"Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man" was a critical and financial failure, earning only $7 million at the domestic box office (the budget was estimated at $23 million). It became a cult classic following its release to video. Several of the characters are named after well known products, Harley-Davidson (motorcycles), Marlboro (cigarettes), Virginia Slim (cigarettes), Jack Daniels (whiskey) and Ol' Grandad (whiskey). Mickey Rourke has said numerous times in interviews that he signed on to this film purely for monetary reasons, and this is part of what fueled his descent into self-loathing in the mid-'90s, after it made him "...feel like a sell-out." There´s several references in the film to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (1969); including trick shots by Marlboro, the sudden appearance of a "super-posse", the reference to Marlboro's hometown, and jumping from a great height into the water. I reckon the idea was to make an updated futuristic version of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", and the idea is partly there, but hardly reaches all the way. The storyline is thin, but I do think there´s a humorous chemistry between Johnson and Rourke. The dialogue is sometimes strange and the action is a bit wobbly and ridiculous at times (the henchmen in long kevlar coats shooting Steyr AUG assault rifles with one hand.....). Despite this, it´s still an ok action movie in my eyes. Not wow, but not booh either.
July 6, 2007
Great title for a terrible film!
½ April 8, 2013
Terrible movie 90's actioner, only worth viewing to marvel at Don Johson hair and Rourkes teeth!
½ August 1, 2012
A Simple, Fun Highwayman adventure that rolls as well as the wheels of a motorbike. It's obviously not intended to be a classic, but it's simply an enjoyment because of it's western elements and cause it has assassins and motorbikes and all the explosive elements fun to watch without ever becoming serious. The acting is emotionless, but the characters are badass enough for you to overlook it. Plus the intro sequence where Mickey Rourke is riding while "Wanted Dead or Alive" plays was an awesome setup.
½ January 18, 2013
A classic real American buddy flick.
December 7, 2012
Could watch this sometime if i can find.
November 19, 2012
I dont know if the other reviewers was watching the same movie, this is a classic in my opinion among the likes of the Last Boyscout and Bad Boys, Don johnson and Mickey Rourke compliment each other well, the action was great for at the time it was made, again this was never gonna win an acadamy award, but if its action comedy you want, I recommend this Bad Boy movie.
November 3, 2012
A very good body film. Recommended at night with a glass of whiskey nearby...
September 12, 2012
Vintage cheesem Johnson and Rourke set out to save their local from some greedy bankers protetced by a gang of trenchcoach wearing led by Daniel Baldwon who gives a performance that would make Keanu Reeves look like Brando.
½ September 9, 2012
I can't really give this an honest rating, cause it was to stupid to finish watching. (take my advise and skip this dumb ass movie)
August 28, 2012
120827: This movie was surprisingly good having not seen it in a long, long time. Simply entertaining. Nice to see Big John Studd again.
July 24, 2012
it appeals to a certain group. If you are part of that group you will love it.
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