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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the strip club scene, the music played was Madonna's "Burning Up". Coincidently, years later Madonna became star Chris Penn's sister-in-law when she married his brother Sean. See more »


When the guys are driving to the strip club, you can clearly see a cop car blocking a side street to prevent any cars from interrupting the filming on the main street they are driving on. See more »


[repeated line]
Tom Drake: It's casual.
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


Wriitten by Michael James Jackson and John Marascalco
Performed by Little Richard
Courtesy of Specialty Records, Inc.
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A wild film about living life to the fullest...
3 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Great party movie, following the adventures of Bill & Tom, two high school buddies at opposite ends of the spectrum. Bill (Eric Stolz) prefers to live life straight-laced, while his friend Tom (Chris Penn) takes nothing seriously except partying all the time. When Bill moves out of his mother's house to live on his own he faces many issues, from his girlfriend, to his brother, to his landlord. Meanwhile, his friend Tom moves in to keep the rent down but proceeds to turn Bill's life upside down. This movie is non-stop comedy from start to finish and is a personal favorite of mine. Soundtrack features guitar virtuoso Edward Van Halen throughout the movie, also features cameos by rockers Lee Ving and Ron Wood. 70s Pornstar legend Kitten Navidad also makes an appearance! Classic 80s movie is worth multiple looks. Now all that needs to be done is a much anticipated DVD release! If you enjoyed this movie, take a look at "The Last American Virgin" which is similar to "Wild Life". I rate both highly.

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