The Girl on a Motorcycle

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The Girl on a Motorcycle
French theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack Cardiff
Produced by William Sassoon
Written by Ronald Duncan
Jack Cardiff
Gillian Freeman
Based on La Motocyclette (novella)
by André Pieyre de Mandiargues[1]
Starring Alain Delon
Marianne Faithfull
Music by Les Reed
Cinematography Jack Cardiff
Edited by Peter Musgrave
Distributed by British Lion Films (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Release date
October 1968
Running time
91 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office 626,331 admissions (France)[2]

The Girl on a Motorcycle (French: La motocyclette), also known as Naked Under Leather, is a 1968 British-French film starring Alain Delon and Marianne Faithfull and featuring Roger Mutton, Marius Goring and Catherine Jourdan. It was listed to compete at the 1968 Cannes Film Festival but the festival was cancelled due to the May 1968 events in France.[3] The Girl on a Motorcycle redefined the leather jacket for motorcyclists into a full body suit that Marianne Faithfull wore in the film.[4] It was the first film to receive an X rating in the United States.[5]


Newly married Rebecca leaves her husband's Alsatian bed on her prized motorbike—her symbol of freedom and escape—to visit Daniel, her lover in Heidelberg. En route, she indulges in psychedelic and erotic reveries as she relives her changing relationship with the two men, before crashing into a truck at the end.


Cast notes[edit]

  • In the medium to distant shots, the rider was the British GP champion Bill Ivy, wearing a blonde wig.


The film was the sixth most popular movie in general release in Britain during 1968.[6]

Home media releases[edit]

The Girl on a Motorcycle was released on VHS in 1998 and DVD in 1999 by Starz/Anchor Bay. A remastered edition on DVD and Blu-ray Disc was released in 2012 by Redemption Films.


  1. ^ Pieyre de Mandiargues, André (1963). La Motocyclette. Paris: Gallimard. OCLC 3565796. 
  2. ^ Box Office information for film at Box Office Story
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Girl on a Motorcycle". Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  4. ^ Quilleriet, Anne-Laure. The Leather Book. New York: Assouline, 2004.
  5. ^ "'X' Marks Spot For Only 1 of 1st MPAA Group: W7 'Girl'". Daily Variety. October 22, 1968. p. 1. 
  6. ^ "John Wayne-money-spinner" The Guardian (31 December 1968)

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