MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 945 this week

Wild in the Streets (1968)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  29 May 1968 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 1,262 users  
Reviews: 48 user | 12 critic

A young man gains significant political influence as the leader of a counterculture rock band with his rallying cry of voting rights for teenagers.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Family Entertainment Guide: IMDb on the Street

IMDb visited the Santa Monica Pier to ask families about their favorite movies from this summer, as well as their favorite all-time movies, TV shows, and characters.

See our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 21 Jan 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 21 Mar 2011
 
list image
a list of 21 titles
created 04 Apr 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 63 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Wild in the Streets (1968)

Wild in the Streets (1968) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Wild in the Streets.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An ancient football game is the lifeblood of an English market town and the origin of soccer, rugby and American football.

Director: Peter Baxter
Stars: Sean Bean
Chubasco (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Twenty year-old Chubasco chooses a difficult path of hard labour at ses aboard a fishing boat and learns about how to become a man in the process.

Director: Allen H. Miner
Stars: Richard Egan, Christopher Jones, Susan Strasberg
The Busy Body (1967)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Sid Caesar stars as the bumbling right hand man of mob boss Robert Ryan who is sent to find a corpse buried in a suit lined with stolen mob money.

Director: William Castle
Stars: Sid Caesar, Robert Ryan, Anne Baxter
Psych-Out (1968)
Drama | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A deaf runaway arrives in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury hippie district looking for her missing brother.

Director: Richard Rush
Stars: Susan Strasberg, Dean Stockwell, Jack Nicholson
The Phynx (1970)
Certificate: GP Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A rock band becomes embroiled in foreign affairs when they're sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by communist enemies of the USA.

Director: Lee H. Katzin
Stars: Michael A. Miller, Ray Chippeway, Dennis Larden
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

A gas is let loose upon the world that kills anyone over 25 years old.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Bob Corff, Elaine Giftos, Bud Cort
Hit! (1973)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A federal agent whose daughter dies of a heroin overdose is determined to destroy the drug ring that supplied her. He recruits various people whose lives have been torn apart by the drug ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, Paul Hampton
The Trip II (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern
Certificate: M Action | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

From the John le Carre novel about a British spy who sends a Polish defector to East Germany to verify missile sites.

Director: Frank Pierson
Stars: Christopher Jones, Pia Degermark, Ralph Richardson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Renato Castellani
Stars: Christopher Jones, Pia Degermark, Angelo Boscariol
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

This oddball counterculture comedy/drama follows Zalman King through a series of kooky misadventures while he searches for his life's purpose in New York City.

Director: Peter Locke
Stars: Zalman King, Allen Garfield, Suzette Green
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In a surprising twist, Jesse and Frank James come across as good guys as they go about their outlaw ways. Jesse is a devilish scoundrel with an eye for the ladies while Frank concerns himself with more practical matters.

Stars: Allen Case, Christopher Jones, David Richards
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Mrs. Daphne Flatow
Christopher Jones ...
Max Jacob 'Frost' Flatow Jr.
...
Sally LeRoy
...
Senator Johnny Fergus
...
Mary Fergus
...
Stanley X
...
Max Jacob Flatow Sr.
Kevin Coughlin ...
Billy Cage
...
The Hook, Abraham
Michael Margotta ...
Jimmy Fergus
...
Senator Allbright
May Ishihara ...
Fuji Elly
Salli Sachse ...
Hippie Mother
Kellie Flanagan ...
Young Mary Fergus
Don Wyndham ...
Joseph Fergus
Edit

Storyline

Max Flatow is a precocious, social miscreant who has a way with home-made explosives. When he tires of these, he runs away from home only to emerge seven years later as Max Frost, the world's most popular entertainer. When Congressman John Fergus uses Frost as a political ploy to gain the youth vote in his run for the Senate, Frost wills himself into the system, gaining new rights for the young. Eventually, Frost runs for the presidency. Winning in a landslide, he issues his first presidential edict: All oldsters are required to live in "retirement homes" where they are forced to ingest LSD, taking the 60s catch phrase "Never trust anyone over 30" to its most extreme consequences. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

If you're thirty, you're through! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 May 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De unge ta'r magten  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

(Pathecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"The Shape of Things to Come", written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, was a #22 chart hit for Max Frost and the Troopers (a "studio group", made up of session musicians) in 1968. In 2006, it was featured in commercials for Target Stores. See more »

Quotes

Sally Leroy: America's greatest contribution has been to teach the world that getting old is such a drag.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Brady Bunch Home Movies (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Fourteen Or Fight
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Performed by The 13th Power
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Groovy Flashback...LSD not Required
2 February 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Since I was only in fifth grade at the time of this film's release in 1968, I did not have the unmitigated joy of seeing this on the big screen. In fact, I had only heard rumors of the film's existence until I caught it tonight on one of the Starz channels. (Thank the movie gods for them!) And despite the dated but still delicious grooviness of the then-teen flick, there are shades of relevance today.

The seemingly ridiculous premise: an unbelievably handsome 22-year-old millionaire singing idol (Christopher Jones)--who can make his own LSD!--helps a congressman (Hal Halbrook) become senator on the platform of lowering the voting age to 15, through sheer charisma gathers thousands of youths to rally in both L.A. and D.C., eventually wins the office of U.S. President as a Republican (!) and then forces anyone over 30 into a "paradise camp" to be forever happy on LSD so that they are incapable of causing any more trouble.

To many teens at the time (and even now, I suppose), this idea was not all that ridiculous. The "establishment" was greatly concerned over the growing influence of the babyboomers, who made up over half of the population at that time, and the young people knew it. This film's message of hope for peace and love by removing "old school" approaches to politics, while also offering a great song (which actually hit the charts), attractive actors in up-to-the-minute costumes and a higher-than-usual quality of filming, appealed to the rebellious nature of youth and their demands for a cool movie that they could relate to but that would simultaneously freak out their parents. It made a LOT of money for its day and genre.

The film opens with the rebel-protagonist quickly growing up with overbearing mom Shelley Winters, who chews up scenery like nobody's business. She has hilarious bits throughout the film, perhaps most notably after her acceptance of the "new order" as she extols the merits of LSD therapy! James Dean look-alike Jones intoxicates us with his gorgeous looks and charm, whether singing with his band in clubs or convincing us to go along with his outlandish hope for 14-year-olds to get the vote, since his own businessman/guitarist is 15!

Other highlights of the cast include Holbrook's full-on (dare we say it, mature?) dramatic acting, which contrasts greatly with the laid-back, free-spirit antics of the other young stars of the film, especially Richard Pryor, who assists in spiking the Washington D.C. water supply with LSD! Ed Begley has a couple memorable scenes as a stereotypically crabby and uncooperative senator who eventually finds drug-induced bliss at the over-30 camp, and Army Archie and Dick Clark (!) have cameos. Post-election ugliness and the ending scene with a future child star add ridiculous but poignant twists.

Today, many will see the film as over-the-top and rather campy, a weird period piece from the era of activism but also of often really bad movies. However, those old enough to have been around then will remember not just the drugs and far-out clothes but the counter-culture rumblings of the late 60s. True, this is not high art and certainly not cerebral. But far from being a throw-away film, "Wild In the Streets" remains a funny examination of a time when the demands for social change brought about extremes in actions. The posters on the message boards for this site who are searching for copies of this time capsule gem attest to its lasting appeal.


21 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did anyone see this movie on the big screen??? concert_fan05
The shape of things to come yaelh01
How do you feel about this movie? WildRideDove
How Did This End?? ntaylor-4
At last! Now on DVD WildRideDove
Does Christopher Jones have Demons arrasjoseph
Discuss Wild in the Streets (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?