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422 Ratings

The Loveless


United States, 1981


In 1959 a group of bikers en route to the races at Daytona get waylaid in a rural Georgia town in this homage to The Wild One. The film studiously examines Americana, personified by the loitering youths, languidly revealing a simmering tension that culminates in stylized chaos.

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The Loveless Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Monty Montgomery

Critics reviews

All black leather and chrome, Dixie and Thunderbird, snarling dialogue and themes of Nowheresville violence, ennui and sexual corruption, The Loveless is fully appreciative of the male form with its Scorpio Rising-style crotch shots and casting of Willem Dafoe (channelling Brando and James Dean; butt-naked in a memorable scene) and rockabilly musician Robert Gordon, who also provided the film’s fabulous soundtrack.
September 07, 2015
A film-school thesis stretched to feature length, yet the hunger for pure form is unmistakable.
November 01, 2006
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It’s clear that this is one of the most original American independents in years: a bike movie which celebrates the ’50s through ’80s eyes.
March 01, 1982
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