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The Wild Life (1984)

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

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Cast

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Tom Drake (as Christopher Penn)
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Jim Conrad
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Bill Conrad
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Eileen
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Anita
Brin Berliner ...
Tony
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Harry
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David Curtiss
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Donna (as Susan Blackstone)
Cari Anne Warder ...
Julie
Robert Ridgely ...
Craig Davis
Jack Kehoe ...
Mr. Parker
Simone White ...
Brenda (as Jennifer White)
Beth McKinley ...
Robin
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Vince
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Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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It's casual. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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28 September 1984 (USA)  »

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Attention Délires!  »

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$9,500,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Tommy jumps out of the window the music score by Eddie Van Halen is the exact recording of the music used in Back To The Future when Marty puts the cassette in the Walkman to wake up George McFly. See more »

Goofs

Several seconds before Reggie gives Bill a maple bar, the tray containing the maple bars is about six inches to the right of the divider in the middle of the shelves. From that moment, Reggie is at the cash register and Anita is talking to Bill, so there is nobody else near the tray. But when Reggie comes back into the scene to grab the maple bar, it is flush with the divider even though there was nobody else behind the counter who could have moved it. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Tom Drake: It's casual.
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Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

MIRROR MAN
Written by Phil Oakey, Jo Callis and Ian Burden
Performed by The Human League (as Human League)
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd. / A&M Records
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Thomas Drake really could be Jeff Spicolli's brother!
16 July 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Straight up, I love this film. I love everything about it. It has a great soundtrack, it has a lot of recognizable faces and it is funny as hell. There are so many plots in this film and every one of them is funny in one way or another.

Where as Spicolli lit up the screen two years back, Drake is almost as memorable of a character. All he wants to do is have fun. He moves out of the house without his parent's consent, he skips work whenever he feels like it, he is obsessed with sex, he loves his drugs and booze and he tries to be a good friend. It is his lacksidaisical attitude that makes him such a joy to watch. And he comes out with some great lines. And there are so many tiny observations that you don't see coming but they make you laugh at the sheer velocity when it hits you. One particular moment is when Tommy and Bill are talking about Bill's ex girlfriend dating someone else now. At the end of the conversation, Tommy takes his huge beer bottle and just throws it over his shoulder, casually. He then says good night and the scene ends. It is a perfect scene. Tommy's world is his own. He really lives to party and have fun. When the conversation is over, his time is over and he doesn't care who he offends in the process. He has an innocence about him. "It's casual" is his favourite saying.

Another such classic scene is Reggie handing Bill a donut. He says something to him that me and my friends will never forget because we rewound the film ten times and watched that part over and over again and hurt ourselves laughing. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

Wild Life is a throw back to when teen comedies were funny, raunchy, had a good ear, entertained us and just wanted us to get lost in their world for 90 minutes. Wild Life does all those things perfectly. If this is a film that you haven't seen, give it a chance. It is a classic.

Also check out the army store guy that Jim has problems with. He is a very familiar face now and it is his first role on the big screen.


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