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Wild in the Streets (1968)

R | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 29 May 1968 (USA)
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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Daphne Flatow
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Max Frost
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Sally LeRoy
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Senator Johnny Fergus
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Mary Fergus
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Stanley X
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Max Jacob Flatow, Sr.
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Billy Cage
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May Ishihara ...
Fuji Elly
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Hippie Mother
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Mary Fergus
Don Wyndham ...
Joseph Fergus
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Jimmy Fergus
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Senator Amos Allbright
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Wealthy twenty-two year old Max Frost - born Max Jacob Flatow, Jr. - is a rock music superstar, he a rock music franchise unto himself. He has cut ties with his parents, especially due to the control wielded by his overbearing mother, Daphne Flatow, that control against which he rebelled and is still rebelling in the form of having an entourage solely of young people, who he believes knows better than people even a few years older than them. Age-wise, the senior member of his entourage is his acid-dropping girlfriend, former child star Sally LeRoy, age twenty-four, the junior member being fifteen year old Yale law graduate Billy Cage, his business advisor and his band's guitarist. Max decides to endorse thirty-seven year old Congressman Johnny Fergus, running on the Democratic ticket for a California senate seat, as one of Johnny's platform policies is to lower the voting age to eighteen. Johnny happily accepts that endorsement because of Max's power over young people, whose votes ... Written by Huggo

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

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated R for drug content | See all certifications »
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29 May 1968 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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The film takes place from 1968 to 1969. See more »

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The script makes an important point about Billy Cage (Kevin Coughlin) being 15 years old, but in reality, he was 22, and would turn 23 the year the film was released. Sally Le Roy (Diane Varsi), whose specific age is never mentioned in the script, had, ironically, already past the forbidden age of 30, which Max Frost (Christopher Jones) was also dangerously approaching. See more »

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Sally Leroy: America's greatest contribution has been to teach the world that getting old is such a drag.
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Deserves recognition as an interesting misunderstanding of the hallucination generation
20 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Wild in the Streets" comes from the same school of film making that spawned other attempts to connect to the counterculture such as "Skidoo" and "Candy". The difference between this and the aforementioned films is that "Wild in the Streets" is reasonably clever and well-made. It isn't sympathetic to the counterculture and will likely offend those with fond memories of the time. Surprisingly, it was a big hit when released and appealed to the youth whom it ridiculed so much. Unlike "The Trip" and "Psych-Out" (two other AIP films), its not an accurate representation of the movement at all. However it does work as social satire.

The direction by Barry Shear is good and makes innovative use of split screen photography. Plus, he keeps everything moving at a quick pace. In its funny moments, the film works well. In its attempts at drama, its helplessly dated and just as funny as the humorous moments. Christopher Jones underplays his role and Shelly Winters overacts. Hal Holbrook offers the best performance and Diane Varsi achieves the right note of "grooviness". The script by Robert Thom has its moments, especially the ending (easily the most ingenious part of the film). "Wild in the Streets" isn't perfect, but deserves recognition as an interesting misunderstanding of the hallucination generation. Those into this kind of kitsch will enjoy it the most. I'd rather watch "The Trip" or "Psych-Out" however. (6/10)


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