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False Neutral #39: Bikes on Film

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In this episode Eric, Garrett and I look at how motorcycles are portrayed in Hollywood films. From the good to the bad and the ugly, we discuss what bike-related movie tropes get two thumbs up, and which ones make us groan. After a tangental side-trip into who does the biker wave to whom, and why, we get back on topic to close out with a list of our favorite motorcycle documentary films.

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False Neutral – Bikes On Film

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Fiction

Clicking on any movie links to its IMDB page.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412080/

The World’s Fastest Indian

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116259

Extreme Measures

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0440963

The Bourne Ultimatum

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120755

Mission Impossible II

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1013743

Knight & Day

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103064

Terminator 2

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086443

Timerider

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057115

The Great Escape

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102005

Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0486946

Wild Hogs

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047677

The Wild One

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105267

Roadside Prophets

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094625

Akira

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064276

Easy Rider

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063013

Girl On A Motorcycle

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104806

One Week

Documentary

Clicking on any movie links to its IMDB page.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0623715

Mark Neale’s Documentaries

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1698010

TT3D: Closer to the Edge

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181045

Take It To The Limit

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0403778

Long Way Round

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0959858

Long Way Down

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2058779

Billy Connolly’s Route 66

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067527

On Any Sunday

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386423

Dust To Glory

 

  • smalleyxb122

    Where the hell is Torque???? Or its “based on a true story” contemporary Biker Boyz?

    If you try to argue that it’s because they suck, I will concede the point, but counter with “You included Wild Hogs.”

    • There was a whole list of other movies we never got around to discussing. As for those two, I will have to confess they didn’t come up. I can’t speak for Garrett or Eric, but I, for one, have seen neither of them.

      • smalleyxb122

        Fair enough. There are several here that I have never seen. There are several that I haven’t even heard of, so wouldn’t know to bring them up in conversation about movies about or containing prominent motorcycles.

        • There were some good and truly great ones that we didn’t mention and should have. One Man’s Island, Electra-Glide In Blue, No Limit…

        • Others that we had on our list that didn’t end up getting mentioned:
          – Ghost Rider
          – Mad Max
          – The Dirt Bike Kid
          – Thunderball
          – The Matrix
          – Lara Croft Tomb Raider
          – Silver Dream Racer
          – Space Riders
          – Little Hoss & Big Halsy
          – The Motorcycle Diaries
          – Knightriders
          – Viva Knievel
          – Hell’s Angles, Devil’s Angels …and all those other ‘60s/Roger Corman biker gang exploitation flicks

  • 0A5599

    Terminator 2 but not Vanishing Point?

    And happy belated birthday to Gilda Texter, who turned 70 on Saturday.

    • T2 came up specifically in the discussion of erroneous engine overdubbing.

      • 0A5599

        I infer that means there was no discussion of boobies. Or dirt track.

  • Batshitbox

    I nominate Lapchik the Mad Hungarian as (un)Official Two Wheel Tuesday mascot.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1f77cca000075796435e2858570652fb12e18e84ee51ecb4cd4d7c5308a13ec.jpg