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The Wild Life (1984)

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

Director:

Art Linson

Writer:

Cameron Crowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Penn ... Tom Drake (as Christopher Penn)
Ilan Mitchell-Smith ... Jim Conrad
Eric Stoltz ... Bill Conrad
Jenny Wright ... Eileen
Lea Thompson ... Anita
Brin Berliner ... Tony
Rick Moranis ... Harry
Hart Bochner ... David Curtiss
Susan Rinell Susan Rinell ... Donna (as Susan Blackstone)
Cari Anne Warder Cari Anne Warder ... Julie
Robert Ridgely ... Craig Davis
Jack Kehoe ... Mr. Parker
Simone White Simone White ... Brenda (as Jennifer White)
Beth McKinley Beth McKinley ... Robin
Michael Bowen ... Vince
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Storyline

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The Wild Life. It's casual See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attention Délires! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,001,000, 30 September 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,020,375
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the credits, each member of the sound crew has a middle initial, which successively spells out "C A S U A L", the tag line during the film. See more »

Goofs

Several seconds before Reggie gives Bill a maple bar, the tray containing the maple bars is about six inches to the right of the divider in the middle of the shelves. From that moment, Reggie is at the cash register and Anita is talking to Bill, so there is nobody else near the tray. But when Reggie comes back into the scene to grab the maple bar, it is flush with the divider even though there was nobody else behind the counter who could have moved it. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Tom Drake: It's casual.
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Alternate Versions

Most video versions alter the soundtrack because of copyright reasons. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Back in Time (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

(Do Not) Stand in the Shadows
Written by Steve Stevens and Billy Idol
Performed by Billy Idol
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
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some memorable scenes
4 June 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Bill Conrad (Eric Stoltz) is graduating from high school and is desperate to be a grown up as he moves into an apartment. He broke up with his donut shop girlfriend Anita (Lea Thompson) who has since moved on having a fling with a married cop. He works with friend Tom Drake (Chris Penn) at the bowling alley. Tom is a hard-partying wrestler. Tom's girlfriend Eileen (Jenny Wright) is best friends with Anita. Bill's brother Jim Conrad (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) is obsessed with the Vietnam war and likes blowing stuff up. Wildness ensues culminating in a crazy party at Bill's new apartment.

After the success of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Cameron Crowe writes a sequel of sorts. He's better off making a straight sequel with the same characters. Instead, this one can only be Faster as the promotions claim. It's not really but more importantly, it's less compelling. This is more like a series of very memorable sequences. Like its predecessor, there are some crazy fun scenes that can be cut into a great trailer. The story isn't quite there and the characters need to be better. It's just that Cameron had already done this and needed to move on.


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