Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The motorcycle in cinema-Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.

"Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is a 1991 action film, starring Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson. The film was written by Don Michael Paul and directed by Simon Wincer.

The film was a critical and financial failure, garnering many negative reviews and earning just over $7,000,000 at the domestic box office, although it does have a cult following. The budget was estimated at $23,000,000.

Set in the then-future of 1996, Harley Davidson (Mickey Rourke) is in a motel in Texas when he hears about a dangerous new street drug named "Crystal Dream" on the radio. The significance of this street drug does not arise again until later in the film. Harley then meets a friend, a cowboy nicknamed The Marlboro Man (Don Johnson) and they plan a bank robbery to help save their friend's bar from being torn down and replaced with a skyscraper. However, after they rob a bank's armored car, they discover the cargo they stole is the designer drug "Crystal Dream", not money. Chance Wilder (Tom Sizemore), who is a bank president involved in drug dealing, demands the return of the drugs. A series of increasingly deadly encounters ensue as heavily-armed hitmen hunt for Harley and Marlboro. The movie is known for a scene where Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" is played to an extended scene of Rourke travelling across the country on his Harley Davidson with desert scenery.

On Harley Davidson's left sleeve of his jacket, it has the initials "SRV", the initials of American blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, and MCB for Motorcycle Boy.

The Motorcycle he rides in the movie is probably the second most famous movie bike in history besides the Captain America bike. It is known as "black death 3". Gene Thomason, Dave Fournier, and Allan Barsi from Bartel's Harley Davidson built the bike from a drawing that Mickey had placed on a cocktail napkin. The original bike was a 1989 FXRS. It went under extensive work to transform it to the bike you see in the movie. Two bikes were built for the movie. One was Mickey's and the other was a stunt bike."

1 comment:

Tim said...

Oh man, what a turd that movie was. Still Mickey Rourke somehow managed to be a badass in it.