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The Loveless (1981)

R | | Drama | 25 May 1984 (Sweden)
Trouble ensues when a motorcycle gang stops in a small southern town while heading to the races at Daytona.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Willem Dafoe ... Vance
Robert Gordon ... Davis
Marin Kanter ... Telena
J. Don Ferguson J. Don Ferguson ... Tarver
Tina L'Hotsky ... Sportster Debbie (as Tina L'hotsky)
Lawrence Matarese ... La Ville
Danny Rosen Danny Rosen ... Ricky
Phillip Kimbrough ... Hurley
Ken Call Ken Call ... Buck
Elizabeth Gans Elizabeth Gans ... Augusta
Margaret Jo Lee Margaret Jo Lee ... Evie
John King John King ... John
Bob Hannah ... Sid
Jane Berman Jane Berman ... Lady in T-Bird
A.B. Calloway A.B. Calloway ... Truck driver in diner
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Storyline

Trouble ensues when a motorcycle gang stops in a small southern town while heading to the races at Daytona.

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Taglines:

Sworn to Fun...Loyal to None!!! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1984 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Breakdown See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pioneer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally titled "US 17" after the highway in Georgia where it takes place. Distributors renamed it "Breakdown" for its worldwide premiere at a film festival in Switzerland. See more »

Quotes

Augusta: You don't look like the type to stay in one place for too long...
Vance: Yeah? I never had the urge.
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Connections

Featured in Ultravox: Hymn (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Wasting My Time
Written by Marshall Crenshaw
Performed by Robert Gordon
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At least Bigelow's feature debut doesn't outstay its welcome
12 February 2019 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

"The Loveless" was Kathryn Bigelow's feature film debut, (she co-wrote and co-directed it with Monty Montgomery). It's a very self-conscious homage to both "The Wild One", with Willem Dafoe in the Brando role, (it also marked Dafoe's 'official' debut), and Kenneth Anger's "Scorpio Rising" shot in the garish colors of the kind of fifties' melodramas that Douglas Sirk might have made. It's got a very rough and ready feel to it and the script and the acting leave a lot to be desired but it looks great, (Bigelow was a painter before going into movies), and it has a great soundtrack. Hardly anything happens and it might have worked better as a short but at 82 minutes it never outstays its welcome and is worth catching.


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