Wild in the Streets (1968)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  29 May 1968 (USA)
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A young man gains significant political influence as the leader of a counterculture rock band with his rallying cry of voting rights for teenagers.



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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


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>

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This is the story of Max Frost, 24 years old...President of the United States...who created the world in his own image. To him, 30 is over the hill. 52% of the nation is under 25...and they've got the power. That's how he became President...it's perhaps the most unusual motion picture you will ever see! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 May 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De unge ta'r magten  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Ryder Sound Services)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Larry Bishop, Richard Pryor pulled a prank in which he came to the set naked and shocked Shelley Winters. See more »


Mary Fergus: [her jaw drops and she rises as Sally LeRoy enters, topless, carrying a serving tray with glasses] Oh my GOD!
Sally Leroy: [pulls an innocent look, as the young men mutter approvingly] It's only tiger's milk.
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Listen To the Music
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Performed by The Second Time
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The Sixties weren't ALL peace and love, baby
25 September 2002 | by (DC) – See all my reviews

Which came first, Robert Thom's Esquire novella or his screenplay? Doesn't matter - the premise of "the youth vote" (as if it were monolithic, a consistent mistake during the Sixties) working to overthrow the establishment and creating a fully functional dystopia was a winner from the first word. Immaculately filmed despite the shoestring budget and remarkably well-acted by an amazing cast, the New York Times referred to it as the only film that year to "get it" in terms of the impact of youth culture. Academy award nomination for editing, largely from clipping what appears to be Monterey Pop footage and overlaying our presidential candidate, Max Frost. A delight then, a delight now. Nothing can change the shape of things to come.

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