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The Wild Ride (1960)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 17 June 1960 (USA)
A rebellious punk of the beat generation spends his days as an amateur dirt track driver in between partying and troublemaking. He eventually kidnaps his buddy's girlfriend, kills a few ... See full summary »

Director:

Harvey Berman

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Marion Rothman (screenplay), Ann Porter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Jack Nicholson ... Johnny Varron
Georgianna Carter Georgianna Carter ... Nancy
Robert Bean Robert Bean ... Dave
Carol Bigby Carol Bigby ... Joyce
John Bologni John Bologni ... Barny
Gary Espinosa Gary Espinosa ... Cliff
Judith Trezise Judith Trezise ... Ann
Wesley Marie Tackitt ... (as Wesley Tackitt)
Sydene Wallace Sydene Wallace
Donna Dabney Donna Dabney
Garry Korpi Garry Korpi
Leonard Williams Leonard Williams
John Holden John Holden
Raymond O'Day Raymond O'Day
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A rebellious punk of the beat generation spends his days as an amateur dirt track driver in between partying and troublemaking. He eventually kidnaps his buddy's girlfriend, kills a few police officers, and finally sees his own life end in tragedy. Written by Tiff Banks

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From roaring hot rods to the racing big time!

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for teen drinking and anti-social behavior, and for brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Velocity See more »

Filming Locations:

Clayton, California, USA

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (producer's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Johnny Varron: She's got you mixed
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Alternate Versions

Re-edited into a newer version entitled Velocity, which included new footage which makes the original film a long flashback sequence. The new scenes featured Jorge Garcia, Jason Sudeikis, Dick Miller, and 'Jack Nicholson' impersonator Joe Richards. See more »

Connections

Edited into Velocity (1999) See more »

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I Can't Dig It, Man!
12 April 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

What a bore following the antics of the teenage guys and gals as they wander aimlessly around. Whoops! I mean what a trip digging the scene with the super studs and their hot chicks. Hey man, it's real cool eyeballing head stud Nicholson laying rubber down the road or on the track. Too bad about his buddy Dave 's wanting to go suburb with his nowhere chick, uptight Nancy. But our head man will straighten him out. That is, if the fuzz don't nail him first.

Kidding aside, it's an ultra-cheap teen flick with Nicholson and a no-name cast, filmed entirely on anonymous location. I'd be surprised if it took more than five days total. Moreover, the scenes never depart from the kids and their antics; at the same time, there's no real plot except for a conflicted Dave feeling a need to go conventional. Nonetheless, it's rather competently directed and performed for a bunch of no-names. Heck, there's not even much campy about the 60-minutes, just a lot of aimless wandering around. Looks like the producers understood Nicholson as an up-and-comer and fashioned a drive-in quickie around him. Anyway, the dialog amounts to little more than what's supposed to be cool hipster lingo of the day, so be prepared, man.


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