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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

Writers:

Marion Rothman (screenplay), Ann Porter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

From roaring hot rods to the racing big time!

Genres:

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Harvey Berman Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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 »

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Featured in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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Lame hot rod flick with okay Jack Nicholson bit as rotten teen punk.
3 October 2007 | by rixrexSee all my reviews

Jack Nicholson has done better and most likely not done worse.

He's a punky teen hot-rodder exhibiting all the characteristics of a 1959-1960 juvenile delinquent. He's sore at his best buddy for hooking up with a girl who's not into the beatnik punk-kid scene and not eager to let her new guy stay this course to disaster. Best buddy is waffling between going straight and staying with the witless crowd. Nicholson exhibits a weird sort of subconsciously gay relationship with best buddy by trying to place a wedge between the gal and the pal.

Ending is totally out of context with the morals of this leader of the pack, but necessary for the film to have sociological value. Lots of fun to watch just for the wild slang.


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