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Something Wild (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | January 1962 (USA)
A young rape victim tries desperately to pick up the pieces of her life, only to find herself at the mercy of a would-be rescuer.

Director:

Jack Garfein

Writers:

Jack Garfein (screenplay), Alex Karmel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carroll Baker ... Mary Ann Robinson
Ralph Meeker ... Mike
Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Gates
Jean Stapleton ... Shirley Johnson
Martin Kosleck ... Landlord
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Warren Gates
Clifton James ... Detective Bogart
George L. Smith George L. Smith ... Store Manager
Doris Roberts ... Mary Ann's Co-Worker
Ken Chapin Ken Chapin ... Policeman
Anita Cooper Anita Cooper ... Girl in 5 & 10
Ginny Baker Ginny Baker ... Shopgirl
Tanya Lopert Tanya Lopert ... Shopgirl
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Storyline

Mary Ann Robinson, a young woman living in The Bronx, New York, with her neurotic, overbearing mother and kindly but ineffectual stepfather, is raped while walking home one night. Keeping the attack to herself, Mary Ann runs away, seeking to lose herself in Manhattan by renting a seedy flat and taking a job in a dime store. Overwhelmed by people's hostility and her own despair, Mary Ann tries to jump off the Manhattan Bridge, only to be stopped by Mike, a garage mechanic who takes her back to his modest basement apartment nearby. At first appreciative of Mike's kindness, Mary Ann becomes terrified when he refuses to let her leave. Is Mike really Mary Ann's rescuer - or is he another rapist? Written by Eugene Kim <gene_kim@earthlink.net>

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Taglines:

She couldn't say 'NO' ... She couldn't say anything! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Something Wild in the City See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Carroll Baker was married to director Jack Garfein at the time they made this film (they divorced in 1969). See more »

Goofs

When Mike is done putting his scrap books items in a nice pile, the scissors keep changing positions as the scene progresses. See more »

Quotes

Mary Ann Robinson: Why do you want me to stay?
Mike: You're my last chance.
Mary Ann Robinson: I'm what?
Mike: I said, you're my last chance.
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Wild emotions in quiet, beguiling art film
18 January 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Student traumatized by a rape is saved from suicide by a lonely mechanic, who feels she may be his last chance for happiness. Beguiling art film missed cult status by that much. Director Jack Garfien, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Alex Karmel from Karmel's novel "Mary Ann", and his wife, actress Carroll Baker, put everything on the line for this production, but it didn't connect with audiences at the time. It looks good today, however, and has an unusual, unnerving, voyeuristic quality. Baker and Ralph Meeker have intriguing chemistry, though the premise--that the mechanic keeps the girl like a wounded pet in his little hovel--is often creepy instead of romantic (although I'm not sure of the actual intention here). Incredible jazz score by Aaron Copland; striking black-and-white cinematography from Eugen Shuftan. A mixed bag, mostly effective. **1/2 from ****


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