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Review Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991): I don't care what you say, this is a classic!

genre: action, crime, drama






Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is what you call a cult classic. It's one you can watch over and over again and never get tired of. What are these reasons you might ask? I will tell you.

First of all this film is oozing with style and atmosphere. This early nineties film basically is a late eighties film that is beautifully shot, lit and directed. Cinematographically  speaking there is very little wrong with it. Then the characters. Marlboro basically looks and acts like the guy from those cigarette commercials although more fleshed out of course. Harley also is a complex character but far more silent and more to himself. He and Marlboro are the type of friends who don't need to see each other for long periods of time but when they finally do meet up it's like they never lost contact. They might seem or come across as the criminal types but they are more or less good guys who aren't a stickler to the rules or law. When they hear their favourite bar is facing imminent foreclosure they don't hesitate to rob one of the armoured cars of the bank responsible for the foreclosure. Naturally things don't exactly go as planned which brings them even more trouble.

This trouble comes in the form of old school action. It's well choreographed, exciting. quite explosive and gritty when it needs to be. Most importantly it's fun. You really feel there is something at stake even when in between the characters crack jokes. The main villain of the story is Tom Sizemore who very brilliantly plays the yuppie type of businessman no one likes. And like most of these types he lets other people do the work for him. His team of tugs are lead by Daniel Baldwin who are dressed in bulletproof leather coats and have no problems killing people. From right when you are introduced to them they look and are very menacing.

But on top of this it's the appeal. You have two real and handsome men who are cool as hell and fighting the good fight. This is when both Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson were the coolest of the cool and couldn't do no wrong.They way they walk, talk and act is very interesting to watch. Naturally this film has it's flaws. But it doesn't pretend to be more than it is. It's a fun action flick set around characters who are the last of their kind. What's not to love? A must watch for sure!









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