Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991) by all critics was a motion picture failure. Mickey Rourke enters as a biker named Harley (I know several dogs named Harley) named so after his ride. Makes you wonder, if he road a Gold Wing would his name be Goldie? His friend, The Marlboro Man who also rides a Harley seems to be named after the cigarette Marlboro character. (A form of Cowboy syndrome?)
Their favorite “biker bar” from long ago, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Bar and Grill is on the brink of bankruptcy so they team up to save it. They decide to get money to keep the bar open by robbing a bank.
The Plot: Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man end up taking an armored car instead of a bank, which isn’t full of cash as they hoped, but full of Crystal Dreams a street drug of choice of the late 90’s. The movie becomes the bad drug dealers against the bikers. Excitement ensues with fights, both gun and fists, helicopter chases, bright noisy explosions and daring leaps from high buildings. With the background music of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” the traveling bike scenes includes the desert and the industrial southwest US.
There’s less emphasis on the sex symbols and more emphasis on the action, but the sexy gals are needed for the R rating. Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man is sort of a Spaghetti Western with cool supporting characters action and a decent plot. It’s rated R; bad language and nudity. By now it’s probably a cult classic.
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