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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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The story of a brutal assault -- and the very strange love it bred! See more »

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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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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

Mike: Don't try to jump again!
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Maybe Not So Wild As You Think
16 November 2015 | by dogwater-1See all my reviews

I had never seen 'Something Wild' and I tuned in late on TCM last night. Perhaps I shouldn't review this at all, but I was taken by the 85% of it I saw. Already I feel stupid. This is a very compelling movie with some of the best actors around N.Y. at the time. Two wounded people. One of whose wounds are very apparent and the other more mysterious. It's a love story, but one I've never quite seen before. Two people very vulnerable and troubled who come together in odd circumstance, but find a sort of destined relationship based on gentleness, safety and mutual need. What starts out as claustrophobic becomes a safe place, a room of one's own. Carroll Baker made some of my favorite films of that time, and her then husband Jack Garfein, who co- wrote and directed, brings a tragic personal biography to his work. Ralph Meeker, a very fine actor who never got the roles and acclaim he should have is superb in this as a character I've never seen before in any film. Yes, a lot of time is spent in one shabby room, but that is what its about, isn't it? Mildred Dunnock? Well there was never anyone like her. Aaron Copeland contributed a magnificent score and the cinematography is seamless with the story. Enigmatic ending, perhaps, but that's life. I found it perfectly true to the characters.


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