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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.

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Jack Garfein

Writers:

Jack Garfein (screenplay), Alex Karmel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Shopgirl
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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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Trivia

Aaron Copland re-arranged music from his score for concert performance. It was published in 1964 as "Music for a Great City" and has been recorded by Copland and other conductors. 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

Mrs. Gates: Mrs. Carter phoned. She wanted to know how you felt. I told her you were a little peaked, that's all. Anybody who calls, I tell 'em you're just a little bit down.
[raises window blind, looks outside]
Mrs. Gates: She said some more of those dirty people had moved in the next block. Honestly, I don't know what's going to happen to this neighborhood!
Mary Ann Robinson: Everyone is dirty!
Mrs. Gates: Eat some more! How can you expect to get well? I didn't mean to hurt anybody. Honestly, you can't even go out on the streets alone at night.
Mary Ann Robinson: [...]
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Haunting memories.
2 June 2000 | by bobvonbSee all my reviews

I must have seen this shortly after it came out, certainly in the early '60s. What I remembered was Mike's apartment and what went on there... what I couldn't remember was the name of the movie... when I saw Ralph Meeker in the Dirty Dozen I used the IMDB to methodically go thru his credits until I found this. You wouldn't believe how many movie 'experts' I've queried and come up empty looking for this movie's title... Now the big task is going to find a copy to view again, 30+ years later and see if I can exorcise these memories. All the so-called experts could suggest based on my recollections was The Collector with Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar. Both good, some similarities. See them both.


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Language:

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Release Date:

January 1962 (USA) See more »

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