A Harley-Davidson is more than a motorcycle. It is a symbol of Americana, built from the ground up by founders Walter and Arthur Davidson and their friend Bill Harley. But the road to success was not exactly smooth - it was filled with innumerable obstacles, ruthless competitors and extraordinary risks. Together these three young men, the sons of blue-collar immigrants, gave everything they had to ensure the survival of the company they founded. But just how far would they go to reach the ultimate American dream?
Based on a true story, Harley and the Davidsons charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century. Walter, Arthur and Bill risked their entire fortune and livelihood to launch the budding enterprise. Each of these men faced very different challenges, but it was the motorcycle that united their dreams and ambitions.
Walter, Arthur, and Bill cemented Harley-Davidson's reputation as a builder of bikes that go anywhere, can ride hard and ignore all the rules. It's a legacy that has endured over 100 years - and at the heart of the brand and its loyal riders.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is a 1991 action biker film starring Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson, with a supporting cast including Chelsea Field, Daniel Baldwin, Giancarlo Esposito, Tom Sizemore, and Vanessa Williams. It is directed by Simon Wincer from a screenplay by Don Michael Paul. The film provides a notable example of the “male biker” stereotype. The title character in the film is named after the motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson. The film was a critical and financial failure, earning only $7 million at the domestic box office (the budget was estimated at $23 million). It has since become a cult classic following its release to video.
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Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 22% of 18 surveyed critics gave it a positive review; the average rating was 3.6/10. Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called it “a mindless cobbling from countless buddy movies”. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly rated it C+ and called it “a kinetic formula shoot-'em-up” that is “engagingly junky entertainment with a healthy sense of its own ludicrousness.” Variety called it “a dopey, almost poignantly bad actioner about two legends-in-their-own-minds”. Vincent Canby of The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Rourke and Mr. Johnson handle their roles with more ease and humor than can be accommodated by a movie so stuffed with mindless fistfights, gunfights, helicopter chases, explosions and leaps from tall buildings.” Time Out London called it “utter rubbish, and badly dressed at that.” Kim Newman of Empire wrote, “For a while, its crassness is amusing, but as the plot sets in, it gradually turns into a stultifying bore.” Johnson and Rourke have spoken negatively of the film. Rourke cited the film as the beginning of his decline in mainstream Hollywood. Johnson, while promoting the film gave a tongue-in-cheek interview where he was quoted as saying “If your a fan of mindless action. If you don’t have a single brain cell in your head, this is the film for you.”
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