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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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The Hook
May Ishihara ...
Fuji Elly
Salli Sachse ...
Hippie Mother
Kellie Flanagan ...
Mary Fergus
Don Wyndham ...
Joseph Fergus
Michael Margotta ...
Jimmy Fergus
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Senator Amos Allbright
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Storyline

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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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 »

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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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De unge ta'r magten  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Ryder Sound Services)

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1.85 : 1
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American International Pictures originally offered the role of Max Frost to noted folk singer-songwriter Phil Ochs, who was known at the time to want to branch out into film work. However, after reading the screenplay, Ochs rejected it, stating the story presented the youth counterculture of the 1960s in a badly distorted light. 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 »

Quotes

Fuji Elly: [asks Mary Fergus] Hey! How often can you do it at eighty?
[Mary Fergus looks away without a word]
Max Jacob Flatow Jr alias Frost: Whatever Papa can do, Baby Boy can do it more times, better.
[raises his eyebrows]
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Featured in Brady Bunch Home Movies (1995) See more »

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Wild In the Streets
Written by Les Baxter and Guy Hemric
Performed by Jerry Howard
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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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