Remembering When Mickey Rourke And Don Johnson Were HARLEY DAVIDSON AND THE MARLBORO MAN

Simon Wincer’s Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man isn’t a very good film – but it is a fun one. The 1991 action film sees Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson team-up as branded bikers to take on Tom Sizemore and Daniel Baldwin’s bad guys. 

Nothing about the film is subtle (especially not the title), but there’s fun to be had if you take Wincer’s film for what it is – dumb fun.

Budgeted at $23 million, Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man flamed-out at the US box office with just $7.4 million. 

Simon Wincer was coming-off the Australia-set Tom Selleck western Quigley Down Under but he’d rebounded after Harley Davidson And The Marlboro Man‘s failure in 1993 with the smash-hit Free Willy.

Mickey Rourke had just returned to boxing around the time of the film’s release and the mighty Don Johnson was attempting to turn his Miami Vice stardom into a big screen career – he would follow the action flick with the drama Paradise co-starring his then wife Melanie Griffith.