a landmark film of
50s rebellion by director Laslo Benedek,
producer Stanley Kramer, and screenwriterJohn Paxton.
It was the first feature film to examine outlaw motorcycle
gang violence in America.
The film had its U.S. premiere,
under the title of Hot Blood, on December
One of the film's tag.lines on its posters stated:
"Hot feelings hit terrifying
heights in a story that really boils over!"
Because of the controversial nature of the film,
public screenings were banned in England
by the British Board of Film Censors for
fourteen years (until 1968) after its release.
Even in America, it was feared that the shocking,
'Communist' movie glamorized a anti-social subculture in revolt,
would set a bad example,and cause impressionable viewers to
copy-cat its plot and incite deliquency and riots.
In fact, it took many years for pacifist motorcyclists to overcome
stereotypes and fabrications promoted by the film.