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The Wild Life (1984)

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

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Art Linson

Writer:

Cameron Crowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Penn ... Tom Drake (as Christopher Penn)
Ilan Mitchell-Smith ... Jim Conrad
Eric Stoltz ... Bill Conrad
Jenny Wright ... Eileen
Lea Thompson ... Anita
Brin Berliner ... Tony
Rick Moranis ... Harry
Hart Bochner ... David Curtiss
Susan Rinell ... Donna (as Susan Blackstone)
Cari Anne Warder Cari Anne Warder ... Julie
Robert Ridgely ... Craig Davis
Jack Kehoe ... Mr. Parker
Simone White Simone White ... Brenda (as Jennifer White)
Beth McKinley Beth McKinley ... Robin
Michael Bowen ... Vince
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Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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After the hottest summer of their lives, getting back to basics was easy, getting back to normal was the hard part. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attention Délires! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,001,400, 30 September 1984

Gross USA:

$11,020,375

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,020,375
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Lea Thompson, she had a nude scene that was cut out of the final print. According to her, it was "too sexy" for the film. See more »

Goofs

When the guys are driving to the strip club, you can clearly see a cop car blocking a side street to prevent any cars from interrupting the filming on the main street they are driving on. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Tom Drake: It's casual.
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 1 min 7 secs to remove all footage of nunchakus and to edit a scene where a cigarette is lit by an ignited aerosol can. See more »

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Referenced in TruInside: Heathers (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Make It Glamorous
Performed by Van Stephenson
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Thomas Drake really could be Jeff Spicolli's brother!
16 July 1999 | by baumerSee all my reviews

Straight up, I love this film. I love everything about it. It has a great soundtrack, it has a lot of recognizable faces and it is funny as hell. There are so many plots in this film and every one of them is funny in one way or another.

Where as Spicolli lit up the screen two years back, Drake is almost as memorable of a character. All he wants to do is have fun. He moves out of the house without his parent's consent, he skips work whenever he feels like it, he is obsessed with sex, he loves his drugs and booze and he tries to be a good friend. It is his lacksidaisical attitude that makes him such a joy to watch. And he comes out with some great lines. And there are so many tiny observations that you don't see coming but they make you laugh at the sheer velocity when it hits you. One particular moment is when Tommy and Bill are talking about Bill's ex girlfriend dating someone else now. At the end of the conversation, Tommy takes his huge beer bottle and just throws it over his shoulder, casually. He then says good night and the scene ends. It is a perfect scene. Tommy's world is his own. He really lives to party and have fun. When the conversation is over, his time is over and he doesn't care who he offends in the process. He has an innocence about him. "It's casual" is his favourite saying.

Another such classic scene is Reggie handing Bill a donut. He says something to him that me and my friends will never forget because we rewound the film ten times and watched that part over and over again and hurt ourselves laughing. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

Wild Life is a throw back to when teen comedies were funny, raunchy, had a good ear, entertained us and just wanted us to get lost in their world for 90 minutes. Wild Life does all those things perfectly. If this is a film that you haven't seen, give it a chance. It is a classic.

Also check out the army store guy that Jim has problems with. He is a very familiar face now and it is his first role on the big screen.


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