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Wild Seed (1965)

A 17-year-old girl runs away from her east coast home, going west to Los Angeles to meet her biological father. She has learned from letters her mother kept that he was tragically separated... See full summary »


Brian G. Hutton


Ike Jones (story), Lester Pine


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Cast overview:
Michael Parks ... Bill Warren aka Fargo
Celia Milius ... Daphne aka Daffy Collinge (as Celia Kaye)
Ross Elliott ... James Collinge
Woody Chambliss Woody Chambliss ... Mr. Simms
Rupert Crosse Rupert Crosse ... Hobo
Eva Novak ... Mrs. Simms
Norman Burton ... Policeman
Merritt Bohn ... Constable
Al Lettieri ... Bartender (as Anthony Lettier)


A 17-year-old girl runs away from her east coast home, going west to Los Angeles to meet her biological father. She has learned from letters her mother kept that he was tragically separated from her before the girl's birth. On the road, she is protected and befriended by an independent-minded young drifter who helps her on her journey. Written by scgary66

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The wild seed of life grew within them... until something was bound to explode! See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

5 May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rebellious One See more »

Filming Locations:

Stockton, California, USA See more »

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Pennebaker Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Filmed in 24 days. See more »


References Jessica (1962) See more »


That's Why
Music by Richard Markowitz
Lyrics by Brian G. Hutton and Albert S. Ruddy
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rebel-drifter (michael parks) meets up with a runaway girl (Celia Kaye).
20 March 2006 | by dougbrodeSee all my reviews

Had this little film been made five or ten years earlier, it might have achieved minor classic status. Unfortunately, it allows us an image of a 1950s style rebel that showed up on screens in 1965, a year after the Beatle invasion and the hippie movement had begun. Bad timing! But not a bad movie, by any means. Celia Kaye, who was briefly hyped for stardom, plays a runaway girl searching for her biological father. On the road, she meets a Jack Kerouac/James Dean drifter, in a black leather jacket of course, played by Michael Parks, who was then being hyped as the new James Dean - unfortunately, Dean style acting had gone out of fashion a few years earlier. Too bad for Parks, because he really had a nice quality to his performances, if something about him seemed to belong to an earlier decade. He had his last big shot at potential stardom four years later playing a biker in Then Came Bronson, sort of TV's watered down answer to Easy Rider, but when it didn't click in the ratings, his career never recovered. Hollywood was looking for a new kind of late sixties/early seventies star; Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, etc. Anyway, back to Wild Seed: the relationship of the two leads, as they experience anecdotal misadventures, is truly touching and quite compelling, as you wait to see if friendship will bloom into romance. One of those films that almost never plays anywhere anymore, not even on Turner Movie Classics. Worth rediscovering, certainly!

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