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Wild Things -- A high school guidance counselor is framed for raping two of his students...or is he?

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Writer (WGA):
Stephen Peters (written by)
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Release Date:
20 March 1998 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Get Wild. See more »
Plot:
A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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(16 articles)
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Much more intelligent than it is often given credit for... See more (381 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Bacon ... Ray Duquette

Matt Dillon ... Sam Lombardo

Neve Campbell ... Suzie Toller

Theresa Russell ... Sandra Van Ryan

Denise Richards ... Kelly Van Ryan

Daphne Rubin-Vega ... Gloria Perez

Robert Wagner ... Tom Baxter

Bill Murray ... Ken Bowden

Carrie Snodgress ... Ruby

Jeff Perry ... Bryce Hunter

Cory Pendergast ... Jimmy Leach

Marc Macaulay ... Walter
Toi Svane Stepp ... Nicole (as Toi Svane)
Dennis Neal ... Art Maddox
Diane Adams ... School Secretary

Paulo Benedeti ... Kirk

Eduardo Yáñez ... Frankie Condo (as Eduardo Yañez)

Jennifer Taylor ... Barbara Baxter (as Jennifer Bini)
Victoria Bass ... Judge
Ted Bartsch ... Bailiff
Leonor Anthony ... Ken's Secretary

Antoni Corone ... Police Chief (as Antoni Cornacchione)

Robert Deacon ... Prisoner

Anthony Giaimo ... Dave (as Tony Giaimo)
Manny Suárez ... Georgie (as Manny Suarez)
Janet Bushor ... Barmaid
Gina LaMarca ... Hooker

Nancy Duerr ... Reporter #1
Margo Peace ... Reporter #2
Keith Wilson ... Reporter #3
Nelson Oramas ... Policeman #1 (as Nelson Oramos)
Michael Dean Walker ... Policeman #2
Jesse Muson ... Policeman #3
Kimberly Lamaze ... Policewoman #1
Rebecca White ... Policewoman #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Danielle Camastra ... (uncredited)
Mark Cheek ... Student (uncredited)

Christopher De Stefano ... Courtroom Observer (uncredited)

Pati Lauren ... Courthouse Reporter #2 (uncredited)

Tonia Madenford ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Laurie Wallace ... Bikini Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
John McNaughton 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen Peters (written by)

Produced by
Kevin Bacon .... executive producer
Steven Brown .... line producer
Steven A. Jones .... producer
Rodney Liber .... producer
 
Original Music by
George S. Clinton 
 
Cinematography by
Jeffrey L. Kimball (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Elena Maganini 
 
Casting by
John Brace 
Linda Lowy 
 
Production Design by
Edward T. McAvoy 
 
Art Direction by
William Hiney  (as Bill Hiney)
 
Set Decoration by
William A. Cimino  (as Bill Cimino)
 
Costume Design by
Kimberly A. Tillman 
 
Makeup Department
Jay Cannistraci .... additional makeup artist (as Jay S. Cannistraci)
Jeni Lee Dinkel .... key makeup artist
Rodger Jacobs .... makeup artist
Sharon Kalb .... additional makeup artist
Paulette Schoen .... additional hair stylist
Betty Lou Skinner .... hair stylist
Kathe Swanson .... key hair stylist
Lee Grimes .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Steven Brown .... unit production manager
Taylor M. Favale .... production supervisor (as Taylor Favale)
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Mary Morgan .... assistant unit production manager
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ty Arnold .... second assistant director
Bruce Franklin .... first assistant director
Michael Greenwood .... second second assistant director (as Michael Scott Greenwood)
Kellie JoTackett .... additional second assistant director
Artie Malesci .... second unit director
Kevin Williams .... first assistant director: second unit
John R. Woodward .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Chris Alicia Jr. .... on-set dresser (as Chris Alicea Jr.)
Bobby Amor .... set dresser
Lewis Bowen .... lead scenic
Harold Collins .... construction coordinator (as Harold F. Collins)
Raymond Consing .... storyboard artist
James P. Crapser .... propmaker gang boss
Peter Damien .... propmaker gang boss (as Pete Damien)
Henry Dando .... greensman (as Henry D. Dando)
Mark Dane .... set dresser
Charles S. Deaux .... leadperson (as Charlie Deaux)
Colin Doherty .... assistant property master (as Colin F. Doherty)
Gary Dunham .... set dresser
Rod England .... set dresser
Chris Gordon .... on-set dresser
Ben Lowe .... assistant greensman (as Ben Lowe III)
Carlos Menéndez .... set designer (as Carlos A. Menéndez)
Susan Peterson .... stand-by painter (as Susan Wood Peterson)
Genessa Goldsmith Proctor .... scenic foreperson
Jeremy Alan Read .... assistant greensman
Nicholas J. Romanac .... property master
Christopher Scheetz .... construction foreman (as Christopher L. Scheetz)
Nicholas Scott .... scenic artist
Erin W. Sibley .... art department supervisor
Frank A. Torres .... key set dresser
John Balling .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Don Dalstra .... set dresser (uncredited)
Richard E. Kruder .... additional on-set dresser: second unit (uncredited)
Arturo Mendez .... scenic art crew (uncredited)
Alan S. Reynolds .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Roger Sherman .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Joseph E. Stone .... supplier (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Andrew Bock .... assistant sound editor
Thom Brennan .... sound editor
Richard Burton .... sound editor
Kevin Cerchiai .... boom operator (as Kevin M. Cerchiai)
Scott Clements .... cableman
Peter J. Devlin .... sound mixer
Peter J. Devlin .... sound
Susan Dudeck .... adr supervisor
Alison Fisher .... sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer
Allen Hartz .... adr editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Drake Jenevein .... sound editor
Dennis Johnson .... sound recordist
Michael Magill .... sound editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
John Morris .... supervising sound editor
Mark Pappas .... foley supervisor
Matt Patterson .... sound recordist
Alex Raspa .... adr mixer
Ron Vignone .... assistant adr editor
Craig Weintraub .... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael E. Doyle .... special effects foreman (as Michael Doyle)
Kevin Harris .... special effects coordinator
Durk Tyndall .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Russell Frazier .... digital artist: Digital Rezolution (uncredited)
Paul McGhee .... film scanning and recording (uncredited)
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera (uncredited)
Janice Tso .... digital artist: Digital Rezolution (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chick Bernhardt .... stunt player
Butch Brickell .... stunt player (as William O. Brickell)
Jodi Lyn Brockton .... stunt player (as Jodi Lyn Wilson)
Alex Edlin .... stunt player
Cort Hessler .... stunt player (as Court Hessler III)
Mike Kirton .... stunt player
Barbara Peterson-Malesci .... stunt player (as Barbara Peterson)
J.C. Robaina .... stunt player (as JC Robaina)
Bill Scharpf .... stunt player
Patrick Selts .... stunt player
Tom Shirley Jr. .... stunt player
Tom Bahr .... marine stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Kevin Ball .... stunt double: Matt Dillon (uncredited)
Jodi Lyn Brockton .... stunt double: Neve Campbell/Denise Richards (uncredited)
C. Ransom Walrod .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Cates .... assistant chief lighting technician
Dan Delgado .... chief lighting technician
Rick Dungan .... video playback: 24-frame (as Richard J. Dungan)
Jon Baronn Farmer .... still photographer
Michael Genne .... camera operator (as Michael A. Genne)
Don Hamzik .... video assist operator
Chaim Kantor .... first assistant cameraperson
Jamie Klein .... best boy grip
Paul Krumper .... first assistant camera: second unit
Marvin Lee .... second assistant camera
Michael Logan .... key grip (as Michael A. Logan)
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mike McGowan .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Mike McGowan Jr.)
T. Michael McLean .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Douglas Milt .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Doug Milt)
Mark Emery Moore .... Steadicam operator
Neal Norton .... Steadicam operator
David B. Nowell .... director of photography: helicopter
Flemming Olsen .... director of photography: second unit
Gregory J. Schmidt .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gary Schwab .... key grip: second unit
Thomas Smaling .... dolly grip
Brian L. Williams .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Brian Williams)
Julian Del Valle .... balloon lighting supervisor (uncredited)
Greg Faysash .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Carlos Lopez Calleja .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Martin .... electrician (uncredited)
Sean Meyer .... electrician (uncredited)
Daniel Nichols .... first assistant camera: pick-up shots (uncredited)
Tod Olivieri .... electrician (uncredited)
James M. Reeves .... grip (uncredited)
Robert M. Sagaser .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Valentine .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting
Regan Forman .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Ken Lazer .... casting assistant
Lori Wyman .... casting director: Florida
Cheryl Faye .... extras casting (uncredited)
Anna Liza Recto .... casting assistant: New York (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Benedict-Pierce .... costumer (as Linda Pierce)
Virginia Burton .... costumer
Mary Lou Byrd .... key costumer
Ellen Falguiere .... costumer
Allyson B. Fanger .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Richard Currie .... second assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Lisa Kramer .... apprentice editor
George Papuashvili .... uncredited
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Michael L. Sale .... first assistant editor (as Michael Sale)
Nicholas 'Nikko' Tsiotsias .... second assistant editor (as Nikko Tsiotsias)
 
Music Department
Sarah Bettens .... featured performer: score, K's Choice
Greg Camp .... featured performer: score, Smash Mouth
Budd Carr .... executive music producer
George S. Clinton .... orchestrations
Dana Colley .... featured performer: score, Morphine
Geneviève Thomas Colvin .... music coordinator
Debbi Datz-Pyle .... musicians contractor
Mike Flicker .... music editor
Matt Friedman .... assistant music editor
Rick Giovinazzo .... orchestrations (as Rick Giovanazzo)
Suzie Katayama .... orchestrations
Tami Lester .... associate music supervisor
Jill Meyers .... music clearance
Mark Sandman .... featured performer: score, Morphine
Jeff Shannon .... music recordist
Paul Wertheimer .... music recordist
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
John Whynot .... music recordist
John Whynot .... score mixer
Patti Zimmitti .... musicians contractor
Budd Carr .... music consultant (uncredited)
Carlton Kaller .... music editor (uncredited)
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Rod Bearden .... transportation captain
Connie Lee Brown .... transportation co-captain
Charley Bob Burnham .... transportation coordinator
Ronald Lowe .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Mike Amici .... production assistant
Nigel Arscott .... assistant location manager (as Nigel Nicholas Arscott)
Tom Bahr .... marine coordinator
Craig Bankey .... unit publicist
Lori Byers .... assistant location manager
Maria K. Chavez .... location manager
James J. Cooney .... federal court liaison counsel
Susan Dannelley .... courtroom procedure consultant
Daniel R. De Cespedes .... production assistant (as Daniel R. DeCespedes)
Patricia De Libero .... assistant location manager (as Patricia DeLibero)
Darren DePalo .... production assistant (as Darren Depalo)
Stacee E. Depalo .... production assistant
Jason Dudek .... production assistant
Terry Dunn .... production accountant
Gillian Edelson .... production assistant
Elizabeth Elwell .... location manager (as Elizabeth A. Elwell)
Mayra Escobio .... production assistant
Joey Federici .... craft service
Thomas Gilbert .... marine
Jon Glafcke .... production assistant
Samantha Goodowens .... production coordinator (as Samantha Berger)
Luke Halpin .... marine
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
John G. Karliss .... key set production assistant
Tim Koch .... production assistant
Raymond Matty .... boat wrangler
John C. McWhirter .... production secretary
Kevin Mensching .... production assistant
Susan Mieras .... assistant: Mr. Bacon
Michael Moore .... consultant: judicial procedure (as Judge Michael Moore)
Jonathan Morgan .... production assistant
Stacy J. Morris .... assistant: Ms. Campbell
Carla S. Nemec .... assistant: Mr. McNaughton (as Carla Nemec)
Pattison Newberry .... medic (as Pattison A. Newberry RN)
Nelson Oramas .... police procedure consultant (as Division Chief Nelson Oramas)
J. Scott Pawlak .... craft service
Karen Radzikowski .... set production assistant
Christian Ramirez .... production assistant (as Cristian Ramirez)
J.C. Robaina .... marine (as JC Robaina)
Leah Sokolowsky .... assistant location manager (as Leah A. Weintraub)
Stacie L. Speaker .... assistant: Mr. Liber
Melinda Taksen .... script supervisor
Amy Louise Tripodi .... assistant: Mr. Dillon
John Uribe .... first assistant accountant
Michael Christian Vecchio .... production assistant
Irene Vukovich .... post-production accountant
Pamela Lyn Weiss .... assistant: Mr. Jones
Howard Young .... construction accountant
Alitzah .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Fabio M. Arber .... location scout (uncredited)
Christian Byrd .... marine crew (uncredited)
Larry Donahue .... chef (uncredited)
Amy Eldridge .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Bennett Fidlow .... additional legal services (uncredited)
Bill Gula .... photosonics operator (uncredited)
P.J. Haines .... assistant chef (uncredited)
Ryan R. Johnson .... assistant to head of production (uncredited)
Kate Karpinski .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dave Knight .... additional set production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Lynn .... assistant chef (uncredited)
Chris Miller .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Nick Tabri .... production assistant: Miami (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Elliott Crick .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"wildthings" - USA (video box title)
"Sex Crimes" - Belgium (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language and some violence (original rating)
Runtime:
108 min | 115 min (Unrated Edition)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Belgium:KNT | Canada:AA (35MM print) | Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario) | Canada:14A (Alberta/Ontario) (Unrated DVD) | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Manitoba) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:AA (VHS) | Chile:14 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Mexico:C | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated (extended version) | USA:R (original rating) (No. 35561)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The final interspersed scenes during the end credits are not outtakes or deleted sequences. They were scripted to appear at that particular point to address some of the mysterious plot issues of the film. The intention of the screenwriter all along was to have them during the end credits. The only exception is the very last scene which was unscripted but added as an afterthought simply to tie some loose ends and reveal the fate of the characters.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Ray Duquette got shot by Kelly, you can see his scar somewhere on the right of his face. But after that, you can't see any scar on his face.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Kelly Van Ryan:Fuck off!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Watch (2012/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Saw RedSee more »

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29 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Much more intelligent than it is often given credit for..., 9 July 2001
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere

During the very limited theatrical run that Wild Things recieved here (I think it was gone in about three weeks), a lot of the reviews and publicity created the impression that this was a soap opera sex thriller. I guess that's an easy approach to take when summing this film up, since its two female leads featured in Party Of Five and episodes of Doogie Howser (man what an awful show that was), not to mention that one of the male leads would be doing well to act his way out of a wet paper bag. The problem with that is that it is just too easy, and easy answer is exactly the sort of thing that this film goes out of its way to avoid. It is not trying to be a modern Hitchcock, it is not trying to be another Basic Instinct, it is just trying to tell a story.

The story, such as it is, seems to revolve around Blue Bay High School, the town it is located in, and its snobby, high-income elite, at least in the first reel. We are introduced to all four of the characters who will figure prominently in the story to come during a lecture to the students in their senior year. There's Sam the guidance counsellor, Ray the corrupt policeman, Kelly the daughter of the wealthiest real estate mogul in town, and Suzie the girl from the caravan park across town. All four of these characters have secrets they'd rather not share with any other inhabitant of the town, but that all comes apart when Kelly accuses Sam of raping her. Suzie corroborates her story at first, but then we get our first inkling that things are not all they seem, through the efforts of Bill Murray in one of his best cameos ever. The whole thing is seemingly a conspiracy between Sam, Suzie, and Kelly, but we are never shown whose idea it is until the very end.

This next passage will ruin a key surprise the film has in store, so don't read it if you haven't seen it. Unless things have radically changed in this regard during the last ten years, psychologists and other such professionals do not tell test subjects exactly what their IQ is. Even if Suzie or her mother did know exactly, this whole point is delivered with such sledgehammer force that it almost utterly ruins the subtle, slow buildup that the rest of the film exhibited. Were they just running out of money when it came time to film this spot and just decided to go with the quickest, simplest thing they could do? It would have been much more effective and satisfying if the ugly cop (I forget the name) had just spent five or ten minutes going through whatever Suzie had left behind on her run to the Carribean. Summing up this plot point in fifteen seconds was an exceptionally bad move.

Overall, however, you can't really go wrong with this film for an evening's entertainment. It doesn't feel the need to talk down at its audience, it doesn't resort to excess simplicity to make itself understood (except for the aforementioned ending), it just tells a story and tells it reasonably well. It is also another great example of DVD's utter superiority, especially during the threesome scene. When this part of the film is shown in its proper aspect ratio, you can make out every character and certain little details I'm sure that Denise Richards would appreciate not having available to horny teenage boys in a freezable and zoomable format. When was the last time you zoomed in on an actress' boobs with a VHS cassette, assuming they were left in frame after some jerk with an editing console chopped it down to fit those garbage 4:3 screens?

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