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A black and white image of a man riding a motorcycle over a bridge. He looks at something behind him.

Closing Night: The Bikeriders

  •   Jeff Nichols
  •   United States

From writer-director Jeff Nichols (Loving, Midnight Special, Mud), 20th Century Studios, and New Regency, The Bikeriders is a furious drama following the rise of a fictional 1960s Midwestern motorcycle club through the lives of its members, starring Jodie Comer (Killing Eve, The Last Duel), Austin Butler (Elvis), and Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant).

Inspired by Danny Lyon’s iconic book of photography, The Bikeriders immerses viewers in the look, feel, and sounds of the bare-knuckled, grease-covered subculture of ’60s motorcycle riders. Kathy (Comer), a strong-willed member of the Vandals who’s married to a wild, reckless bikerider named Benny (Butler), recounts the Vandals’ evolution over the course of a decade, beginning as a local club of outsiders united by good times, rumbling bikes, and respect for their strong, steady leader Johnny (Hardy). Over the years, Kathy tries her best to navigate her husband’s untamed nature and his allegiance to Johnny, with whom she feels she must compete for Benny’s attention. As life in the Vandals gets more dangerous, Kathy, Benny, and Johnny are forced to make choices about their loyalty to the club and to each other.

The cast, most of whom did their own riding on an array of period-correct bikes, also includes Michael Shannon (Bullet Train), Mike Faist (West Side Story), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), and Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead).

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Special Guests

Scheduled to attend: Writer & director Jeff Nichols


Film Sponsors

Logo: Panavision 185x85Logo: Light Iron 275x75Logo: Dark Matter Coffee 125x125

Film Supporters

John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

Event Information

Sunday, October 22, 2023

  •   116 minutes
Music Box Theatre
3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613



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