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Release Date:
28 September 1984 (USA) See more »
From the creators of 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High" - something even faster! See more »
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. See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chris Penn ... Tom Drake (as Christopher Penn)

Ilan Mitchell-Smith ... Jim Conrad

Eric Stoltz ... Bill Conrad

Jenny Wright ... Eileen

Lea Thompson ... Anita
Brin Berliner ... Tony

Rick Moranis ... Harry

Hart Bochner ... David Curtiss

Susan Rinell ... 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

Michael Bowen ... Vince
Ángel Salazar ... Benny

Randy Quaid ... Charlie
Dick Rude ... Eddie
Robert Chestnut ... Eddie's Friend
Reginald Farmer ... Reggie

Sherilyn Fenn ... Penny Harlin
Leo Penn ... Tom's Dad
Hildy Brooks ... Mrs. Conrad

Lee Ving ... Installer
William Bramley ... Security Officer

Dean Devlin ... Liquor Store Clerk
Brynja McGrady ... Stewardess #1 (as Brynja Willis)

Leigh Lombardi ... Stewardess #2
Rande Worcester ... Louie
Kim Vignal ... Girl by the Pool

Nancy Wilson ... David's Wife

Ben Stein ... Surplus Salesman
Tommy Swerdlow ... Dork
Paul Wiggins ... Jock #1
Frank Montiforte ... Jock #2

Keone Young ... Japanese Bowler

Kevin Peter Hall ... Bouncer (as Kevin Hall)
Tony Epper ... Redneck Drunk #1
Ted White ... Redneck Drunk #2
Ashley St. Jon ... Stripper #1

Kitten Natividad ... Stripper #2

Gary Riley ... Kid #1
John Linson ... Donut Kid #1
Jess Weinstein ... Donut Kid #2
Jeff Savenich ... Guy in Bed
Karen Haber ... Shoplifter
Barbara London ... Salesgirl (as Barbara M. London)
Jayne Walters ... Female Customer

Inga Ojala ... Girl at Counter
Ed Call ... Captain of the Plumbing Team (as Edward Call)
Danny Tucker ... Cop #1

Cameron Crowe ... Cop #2
Debbe DuPerrieu ... Party Girl #1 (as Debbe DuPerrie)

Ron Wood ... Refrigerator Raider
Ed Berke ... Man Next Door
Jessica Rains ... Woman Next Door
Nicky Beat ... Punker (as Nickey Beat)
Shannon Farar ... Poker Girl #1
Frank Szeibert ... Poker Man
Sue Bowser ... Girl at Party
Tracy Hutchinson ... Poker Girl #2 (as Tracy E. Hutchinson)
Mark Rodney ... Card Dealer
Arlin Noir ... Benny's Girl
Salvador Espinoza ... Boy at Party
Tarasena Marie Fredericks ... Girl at Party
Michael Thomas Habicht III ... Boy George Look-Alike
Michael H. Stein ... Ricky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Toby Holguin ... Student (uncredited)
William Winckler ... Party teen (uncredited)

Directed by
Art Linson 
Writing credits
Cameron Crowe (written by)

Produced by
Cameron Crowe .... producer
C.O. Erickson .... executive producer
Art Linson .... producer
Don Phillips .... co-producer
Original Music by
Alain Johannes 
Edward Van Halen 
Cinematography by
James Glennon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Jablow 
Casting by
Don Phillips 
Production Design by
William Sandell 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance 
Makeup Department
Barbara Lampson .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist
Production Management
C.O. Erickson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Douglas Dean III .... additional assistant director (as Douglas Dean)
James Dillon .... additional assistant director
Marty P. Ewing .... second assistant director (as Marty Ewing)
Albert M. Shapiro .... first assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
Art Department
Eddie D'Adam .... leadman
Douglas .... property master
Jonathan O'Connell .... stand-by painter
Phil Read .... construction coordinator
Tom Shaw Jr. .... assistant property master (as Thomas Shaw)
Thomas J. Wright .... production illustrator
Sound Department
Terry Lynn Allen .... sound editor (as Terry S. Allen)
Bud Alper .... production sound mixer
Gene Ashbrook .... boom operator (as Byron Eugene Ashbrook)
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Tony Garber .... sound editor (as Tony L. Garber)
Joe Gilbert .... apprentice sound editor (as Joe A. Gilbert)
Stan Gilbert .... supervising adr editor (as Stanley Gilbert)
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Roger Heman)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Randy Kelley .... sound editor (as Randy C. Kelley)
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Newlan .... sound editor (as Bobby A. Newlan)
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist (as Dan O'Connel)
David Spence .... sound editor (as David U. Spence)
Wylie Stateman .... sound editor (as Wylie A. Stateman)
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... assistant sound editor (as Mark B. Stoeckinger)
Robert Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Thirlwell)
Cary Weitz .... utility sound engineer
Special Effects by
Robert G. Willard .... special effects (as Robert Willard)
Pete Antico .... stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts
David Burton .... stunts
Caree Cavalier .... stunts
George Cheung .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Steve Cremin .... stunts (as Stephen T. Cremin)
Larry Duran .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (as Hill Farnsworth)
George Fisher .... stunts
Ralph Garrett .... stunts
Ted Grossman .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Donna Keegan .... stunts (as Donna M. Keegan)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Frank Lloyd .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts
Donna L. Noguchi .... stunts (as Donna Noguchi)
Victor Paul .... stunt coordinator
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunts (as Charles Picerni Jr.)
Karen Price .... stunts
Spiro Razatos .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts
John Romano .... stunts (as John P. Romano)
Pat Romano .... stunts
Philip Romano .... stunts (as Philip J. Romano)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (as Richard Warlock)
Toni Weireter .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Ayer .... best boy
Kirk Bales .... dolly grip
Rob Hahn .... assistant camera
Mark Ludwig .... assistant camera
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
E. Scott Mayhugh .... second grip (as Earl Scott Mayhugh)
Jack E. McLean Jr. .... lighting technician (as Jack McLean)
Víctor Pérez .... lighting technician (as Victor Perez)
Charles Saldana .... key grip
Bruce D. Spellman .... second grip (as Bruce Spellman)
Tom Stern .... gaffer (as Thomas Stern)
Jonathan West .... camera operator
Arvel Youngblood .... best boy
Casting Department
Dorothy Morey .... casting coordinator (as Dottie Morey)
Nancy Nayor .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Winnie D. Brown .... costumer: women (as Winnie Brown)
Ronald I. Caplan .... costumer: men
Greg Hall .... set costumer
Amy Lindauer .... set costumer
Hugo Peña .... set costumer (as Hugo Pena)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Uri Katoni .... apprentice film editor
Curt Schulkey .... associate film editor
Music Department
Debbie Gold .... music supervisor
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Transportation Department
Vince del Castillo .... transportation captain (as Vincent DelCastillo)
Ken Lubin .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Candy Artmont .... script supervisor (as Candy Marcellino-Artmont)
Brian O. Haynes .... location manager
Danis Regal-O'Connell .... production coordinator (as Danis Regal)
Patti Roberts-Nelson .... assistant: Art Linson
Deborah Ross .... title designer

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: 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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Movie Connections:
References Apocalypse Now (1979)See more »
I GO WILDSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
It's Casual...(minor spoilers), 26 December 2004
Author: Pepper Anne from Orlando, Florida

The 'Wild Life,' like other 80s teen movies, are just one of those movies you watch not for story (since there really is no single, distinct plot directing the characters), but simply because you can have fun with the series of scattered events with which our characters wade through.

This one follows the spirit of 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High,' minus most of the controversial plot lines ('Fast Times' addresses abortion, but this one only somewhat addresses strung out vets). Although, that is not surprising since Chris Penn's character, Tom Drake, so closely models Sean Penn's character, Jeff Spicoli. This movie is what a spin-off of 'Fast Times' would be like if Jeff Spicoli were the main character.

There are essentially five main characters: Tom Drake (Penn), the anarchistic party animal; recent high school grad, Bill Conrad (a timid Eric Stolz who once played fellow surfer bonehead to Jeff Spicoli in 'Fast Times') who wants to prove that both masculinity and adulthood hinge on his having his own apartment; Anita (Lea Thompson) who is dating a sleazy cop; Eileen (the spunky Jenny Wright) who is much more independent that Anita, but no less able to entirely refuse her idiot boyfriend, Tom Drake; and Jim Conrad (Ilan-Mitchell Smith), the gloomy brother who is slightly less weirder than Josh Miller was in 'The River's Edge.' A crazy assortment of characters is typical in this variety of 80s comedy. Without a main plot, our characters' situations lead to some pretty hilarious subplots (most of them being between Tom Drake and Bill Conrad, who eventually become the 80s 'Odd Couple' when Drake moves in).

Look for minor roles by Rick Moranis, as Eileen's completely nerdy boss, Harry; Randy Quaid as drugged out Vietnam Vet, Charlie; Lee Ving (lead singer of 'Fear') who briefly appears as the cable guy; and Michael Bowen (Tommy in 'Valley Girl') as Tom Drake's equally braindead jock friend.

And, of course, it wouldn't be an 80s teen movie without boobs, beer, and house parties.

I didn't like this movie the first time I saw it because there is really no point to most things that transpire in the story. Why is the scene at the strip club or the younger brother's fascination with the war important? It doesn't matter. I watched it a second time, a little tired and giddy, and the 'Wild Life' became the perfect late night lazy movie. Turn off your brain and enjoy. (That party sequence at the end is hilarious).

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