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Wild in the Country (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | 15 June 1961 (USA)
A troubled young man discovers that he has a knack for writing when a counselor encourages him to pursue a literary career.

Director:

Philip Dunne

Writers:

Clifford Odets (screenplay), J.R. Salamanca (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Elvis Presley ... Glenn Tyler
Hope Lange ... Irene Sperry
Tuesday Weld ... Noreen Braxton
Millie Perkins ... Betty Lee Parsons
Rafer Johnson ... Davis
John Ireland ... Phil Macy
Gary Lockwood ... Cliff Macy
William Mims ... Uncle Rolfe Braxton
Raymond Greenleaf ... Dr. Underwood
Christina Crawford ... Monica George
Robin Raymond ... Flossie
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Storyline

Glen Tyler (Elvis Presley), a down on his luck young man, is sent to counselor Irene Sperry (Hope Lange) to begin battling his personal demons. While under her tutelage a flair for writing emerges. Can she guide him down the right path or will her interference lead to his demise? Written by Conroys

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ELVIS PRESLEY sings of love to HOPE LANGE - TUESDAY WELD - MILLIE PERKINS (original ad - mostly caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Simone Signoret turned down the role of Irene Sperry. See more »

Goofs

In the Elvis drunk scene, when he douses the window with the water hose, the in-between close up shot of the window pane (showing close up the women inside looking out) has no water residue / dripping: next shot back out to Elvis' stance (still water hose spraying) and it's (rightly) soaked. See more »

Quotes

Betty Lee Parsons: I have no intention of wasting sympathy on him.
Glenn Tyler: Sympathy is never wasted, Betty Lee. One way or another, you get it back, or so it says in the Book.
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Soundtracks

In My Way
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Wise & Ben Weisman
Performed by Elvis Presley
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One of Presley's better vehicles
23 April 2004 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

Wild in the Country is a solid film and one of Presley's best.

Elvis is excellent as a delinquent who happens to be a potentially terrific writer. Psychiatrist Hope Lange helps Elvis achieve his potential and they slowly fall for each other. Elvis only sings a couple of songs here and therefore, instead of a musical, we get a dramatic story that's well acted by all three leads and is genuinely captivating, only falls short towards the end and goes for a sappy conclusion. Overall, one of Presley's best films and he once again proves what a great actor he could have been. 7 out of 10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lonely Man See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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