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The Wild Child (1970)

L'enfant sauvage (original title)
In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

François Truffaut (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Jean Gruault (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Cargol Jean-Pierre Cargol ... Victor, l'enfant sauvage
François Truffaut ... Le Dr Jean Itard
Françoise Seigner Françoise Seigner ... Madame Guerin
Jean Dasté ... Professor Philippe Pinel
Annie Miller Annie Miller ... Madame Lemeri
Claude Miller ... Monsieur Lemeri
Paul Villé Paul Villé ... Remy
Nathan Miller ... Baby Lemeri
Mathieu Schiffman Mathieu Schiffman ... Mathieu
Jean Gruault Jean Gruault ... Visitor at Institute
Robert Cambourakis Robert Cambourakis ... Countryman
Gitt Magrini Gitt Magrini ... Countrywoman
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Countryman
Laura Truffaut Laura Truffaut ... Girl at farm
Eva Truffaut Eva Truffaut ... Girl at farm
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Storyline

1798. In a forest, some countrymen catch a wild child who can not walk, speak, read nor write. Doctor Itard is interested by the child, and starts to educate him. Everybody thinks he will fail, but with a lot of love and patience, he manages to obtain results and the child continues with normal development. This is based on true story. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

At last an adult film to which you can take your children.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The real Dr. Jean Itard was Chief Physician at the National Institution for Deaf-Mutes, Paris. His work with Victor led to his being honored by the French Academy of Science. But Itard is better known as one of the forefathers of the Montessori method of teaching, and he is remembered for his work with deaf-mute children. See more »

Goofs

In the US subtitles, the opening says that this is a true story that happened in 1978. It should have read 1798. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Le Dr Jean Itard: I'm glad that you came home. Do you understand? This is your home. You're no longer a wild boy, even if you're not yet a man. Victor, you're an extraordinary young man with great expectations. Later, we'll resume our lessons.
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Connections

Referenced in Workers for the Good Lord (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Piccolo and Strings in C Major RV 443
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
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User Reviews

François Truffaut's very beautiful film with Truffaut it is still better
6 June 2001 | by lionel.willoquetSee all my reviews

Has the end of the 18-th century, a Parisian doctor tries to educate a wild child, arrested in the forest where from he had never gone out. Being inspired by authentic facts, François Truffaut signs a fascinating work. Deeply moving.


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Details

Country:

France

Release Date:

11 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,206, 25 April 1999

Gross USA:

$65,560

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,560
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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