Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Wild Ride

Wild Ride, The
Starring - Jack Nicholson as Johnny Varron, Robert Bean as Dave, Georgianna Carter as Nancy - Dave's lame girlfriend, Carol Bigby as a one of the girls in the gang, Gary Espinoza, John Bologni, Judith Tresize, Sydene Wallace, John Holden,
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(1960) - B&W - 60 min
The Wild Ride starring Jack Nicholson as the tough street punk, Johnny Varron. Wow - what a treat, Jack Nicholson in his second movie, circa 1960 (his debut was the Cry Baby Killer in 1958) as the alpha male in a gang of tough kids who are into racing cars. Johnny is their leader and hero who makes all the decisions for the group. For instance - Dave (Robert Bean) has a new girlfriend, and she is lame (like from the good side of the tracks) so Johnny tells Dave to lose the chick (Nancy, played by Georgiana Carter). Dave doesn't want to give up his girlfriend, so Johnny decides to move in. Of course all this ends in trouble with a capital T, as Johnny ends up killing a motorcycle cop and an extended stay at the jailhouse.

starring Jack Nicholson as Johnny Varron

The film is filled with all kinds of vintage street slang from way back in the day. The movie is the middle of the hot rod racing greaser era.... these kids aren't Beatniks... (who are into jazz and like to hang out listening to poetry at the 60s era Starbuck prototype coffee houses. For Beatniks - See Bucket of Blood or Beat Girl). Nope - these kids like to play chicken with oncoming cars and run motorcycle cops off the road for kicks. Jack Nicholson is the gang leader who is also a rookie race car driver, way before the days of NASCAR... like no rules whatsoever. Check out the great final scenes - with Jack Nicholson behind the wheel of the race car. Cool.

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