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Wild Guitar -- A young Arch Hall, Jr. is given a shot at the big time by the unscrupulous owner of a small record company played by Arch Hall, Sr. (aka William Watters).


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December 1962 (USA) See more »
A frenzy of musical action See more »
A young Arch Hall, Jr. is given a shot at the big time by the unscrupulous owner of a small record company played by Arch Hall... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Vilmos Zsigmond, Oscar-Winning Cinematographer, Dies at 85
 (From Variety - Film News. 3 January 2016, 10:36 AM, PST)

Tfh Omnibus: Allison Anders!
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R.I.P. Ray Dennis Steckler
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The more I think about it, this is the best movie ever. See more (37 total) »


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Arch Hall Jr. ... Bud Eagle
Nancy Czar ... Vickie Wills
Arch Hall Sr. ... Mike McCauley (as William Watters)
Ray Dennis Steckler ... Steak (as Cash Flagg)
Marie Denn ... Marge
Robert Crumb ... Don Proctor
Virginia Broderick ... Daisy
Al Scott ... Tom

Lloyd Williams ... Kidnapper (as William Lloyd)
Jonathan Karle ... Kidnapper
Mike Treibor ... Kidnapper
Paul Voorhees ... Hal Kenton (MC)
Rick Dennis ... Stage Manager
Carol Flynn ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Denise Lynn ... Nancy
Raeme Patterson ... Fan Club Leader
Danny Silvers ... Fan Club Leader
Carolyn Brandt ... Dancer on Ramp (uncredited)
Tony Flynn ... (uncredited)
Mike Kannon ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Ray Dennis Steckler 
Writing credits
Arch Hall Sr. (screenplay) (as Nicholas Merriwether) and
Bob Wehling (screenplay)

Joe Thomas (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Arch Hall Sr. .... producer (as Nicholas Merriwether)
Cinematography by
Joseph V. Mascelli (director of photography) (as Joseph C. Mascelli)
Film Editing by
Anthony M. Lanza 
Art Direction by
Pat Kirkwood  (as Pat S. Kirkwood)
Production Management
Don Russell .... production manager
Sound Department
Sam Kopetzky .... sound (as Samuel Kopetsky)
Camera and Electrical Department
Vilmos Zsigmond .... photographer: second unit (as William Zsigmond)
Music Department
Rod Moss .... music editor
Alan O'Day .... musical director
Other crew
L. Steven Snyder .... assistant to producer (as Steve Snyder)

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Additional Details

92 min
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Did You Know?

When Bud is in the diner at the beginning, there is a poster for The Choppers (1961) on the wall, which Arch Hall Jr. also starred in. Another poster in the diner is for Wild Ones on Wheels (1962) (aka "Drivers To Hell") in which "Wild Guitar" director Ray Dennis Steckler had an acting role.See more »
Continuity: Bud's guitar is larger than the case he's been carrying it in.See more »
Steak:This is Daisy, she's gonna teach you how to swing.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The more I think about it, this is the best movie ever., 2 February 2010
Author: rooprect from New York City

Well OK, maybe not the best movie ever, but definitely the best rock 'n' roll movie ever. Or at least the best r'n'r movie of 1962. How about the best 1962 r'n'r movie that has an Olympic figure skating scene? Settled.

This is one of those films that's so bad it wraps around the scale back to the good side. IMDb voters must have a collective colon blockage if they can't appreciate the magnificence of this picture. It truly breaks all the laws (and I suspect deliberately so, knowing the bizarre, tongue in cheek humour of director/co-star Steckler).

First you have an anti-antihero: a punk who comes motoring into town looking like Brando on a bad hair day, but as it turns out, he's about as square as a boyscout, polite as a busboy and has babyface cheeks you just want to pinch and say oogyboogyboo.

Next you have a bunch of felonious thugs who are so endearing & hilarious you want to make them the best man at your wedding. We have a goofy chick who suddenly breaks into a world class ice skating routine. And finally--here's the clincher--totally out of left field we have director Steckler himself playing the role of "Steak", a psychopathic headcase who would make Jeffrey Dahmer turn in his meat cleaver. This movie has it all!!

The story itself gives us a hyper-cynical satire of the filthy entertainment industry, but it's packaged in a neat, wholesome, early-Elvis type show. Still, there are indeed some moments of dark lucidity, especially in a particular scene where a drunk Willem Dafoe-looking fellow gives us a powerful prophecy of how all rock sensations die in LA. Throughout the film, we get camera shots from bizarre angles & creepy closeups, again giving us the impression of a bad acid trip. But somehow the film manages to stay squarely in the realm of campy fun.

So I can't make up my mind... Is this film so bad that it's good? Or is it so groundbreakingly good that it's bad? In either case you need to check it out. If nothing else, you will remember it forever.

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