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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 overview, first billed only:
Tom Drake (as Christopher Penn)
Jim Conrad
Brin Berliner ...
David Curtiss
Donna (as Susan Blackstone)
Cari Anne Warder ...
Craig Davis
Jack Kehoe ...
Mr. Parker
Simone White ...
Brenda (as Jennifer White)
Beth McKinley ...


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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After the hottest summer of their lives, getting back to basics was easy, getting back to normal was the hard part. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Attention Délires!  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,001,000, 30 September 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


[repeated line]
Tom Drake: It's casual.
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Features Magnum Force (1973) See more »


Performed by Peter Wolf
Courtesy of EMI America Records
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a nice silly meaningless film
9 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Sometimes I don't want to watch a classic film. No thought provoking drama, or a witty snappy comedy. Sometimes I just want to watch a silly little meaningless film on a rainy or snowy day. This is the film to watch.

It has some good talent in it who were just getting started. That is always interesting to see. The story is this, kid(Eric Stolz) leaves high school and wants to move out on his own, trouble ensues. Freaky friends(Chris Penn, Rick Moranis), unattainable girl(Lea Thompson) and a over nagging family is all featured here. There is also a nude scene in a bar, so beware. There is a minor storyline about the little brother(Ilan Mitchell-Smith) who befriends a Vietnam vet who he starts looking up to, and later learns a little too much about his past.

So if you want to give your mind a rest, your sick with the flu, snowed in or just feeling kind of silly, watch this movie and enjoy. I do own this movie and have enjoyed seeing it about 8 times now.

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