Sunday, 15 July 2007

The Wild Ride (1960)

There’s nothing I love more than the juvenile delinquent movies of the 50s and 60s. And how can you resist a juvenile delinquent movie with Jack Nicholson as the chief bad boy? The Wild Ride, made in 1960, has Nicholson as Johnny Varron, the leader of a group of car-crazed teenagers spreading terror on the public highways. It’s almost impossible to believe Nicholson ever looked that young and angelic, but the attitude is still there. Trouble starts for the gang when Johnny’s best buddy Dave starts dating Nancy. Nancy is a Good Girl, and she doesn’t approve of the gang’s bad behaviour. So Dave will have to decide between his best buddy and his girl! What’s a guy to do? The best thing about this movie is the teenage slang - it’s probably not the least bit authentic, but it’s extremely amusing. The Wild Ride is a must for all fans of JD movies.

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