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Cameron Crowe (written by)
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Release Date:
28 September 1984 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
From the creators of 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High" - something even faster! See more »
Plot:
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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Thomas Drake really could be Jeff Spicolli's brother! See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (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
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Toby Holguin ... Student (uncredited)
William Winckler ... Party teen (uncredited)
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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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
96 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
During the credits, each member of the sound crew has a middle initial, which successively spells out "C A S U A L", the tag line during the film.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Tom Drake:It's casual.
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Movie Connections:
References Apocalypse Now (1979)See more »
Soundtrack:
I GO WILDSee more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Thomas Drake really could be Jeff Spicolli's brother!, 16 July 1999
Author: Dan Grant (dan.grant@bell.ca) from Toronto, Ontario

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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