Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance
Stanley Kramer recalled: "I gathered together a band of motorcyclists . . . [Marlon Brando] and I talked to them, and then the writer [Ben Maddow] was brought in. But he was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee so John Paxton took over the script. These guys were a new breed, and there weren't many of them around . . . A lot of the dialogue is taken from our actual conversations with them. All the talk about 'We gotta go, that's all . . . just gotta move on' was something we heard over and over again. And one of the most famous lines in the film came from my conversation with them, too. I asked one of the kids, 'What are you rebelling against?' and he answered, 'What have you got?'".
What are they fighting about?
Jimmy: Don't know. Don't know themselves, probably.
When being chased by townsfolk, Johnny hides behind a wall. A total shot shows him back-to-wall until the chasers have passed. In the following shot he has turned by 90 degrees to the left and stands clear off the wall.
[Opening credit] This is a shocking story. It could never take place in most American towns -- But it did in this one.
It is a public challenge not to let it happen again.