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Wild Side (1995)

While Bruno is an international money mover and influence peddler and Virginia is his very beautiful wife, his sexual appetite requires the services of banker and part-time hooker Alex. It's love at first sight. But, who are the lovers?

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Donald Cammell (as Franklin Brauner)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Walken ... Bruno Buckingham
Joan Chen ... Virginia Chow
Steven Bauer ... Tony
Anne Heche ... Alex Lee / Johanna
Allen Garfield ... Dan Rackman
Adam Novak Adam Novak ... Lyle Litvak
Zion Zion ... Hiro Sakamoto
Richard Palmer Richard Palmer ... Cop Driver
Randy Crowder ... Federal Agent
Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius ... Agent James Reed
Michael Rose ... Agent Morse Jaeger
Lewis Arquette ... The Chief
Rolando De La Maza ... Steward
Candace Kita ... Lotus Ita (as Candace Camille Bender)
Ian Johnson Ian Johnson ... Philip Hamlyn
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A bank accountant, who moonlights as a high-priced call girl, becomes embroiled in the lives of a money launderer, his seductive wife, and his bodyguard who blackmails her to help the FBI entrap him with his latest money laundering scheme. Written by Anonymous

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Going too far was just the beginning. See more »

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Action | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1996 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

All the Way See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Donald Cammell was introduced to Nu Image by producer Elie Cohn, with whom he had worked on the unmade Marlon Brando film "Jericho". Nu Image was also familiar with Cammell's work and appeared to like the "Wild Side" script. However, the relationship between Nu Image and Cammell quickly turned sour. First, the company tried to prevent the casting of the then completely unknown Anne Heche as Joan Chen's lover. Then they questioned Cammell's working methods, sparking a battle of wills between him and Cohn. When Cammell delivered his rough cut, the producers were horrified. They fired off a memo ordering the film's editor Frank Mazzola to remove all flashbacks, flash forwards and jump cuts. Unsatisfied, the producers sacked him and re-cut the movie themselves. See more »

Quotes

Bruno Buckingham: [after Tony tries to rape Alex] You get up. Drop your pants.
Alex Lee: [standing up] No. No!
Bruno Buckingham: Sit! Did I say you could leave? Sit.
Tony: Oh, fuck it. Let her go. Come on. Let her go. She can check on Virginia. Look, what's the point, OK?
Bruno Buckingham: The point is, she stays. She leaves, I blow your genitalia *off*. That's the point, OK? It's the lady's choice.
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Available in both "R" and unrated versions. See more »

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References Performance (1970) See more »

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Pa-nang Tofu
Written and Performed by Lee Curreri
Courtesy of Nuance Records
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One of the greatest soft core lesbian scenes, with an OK crime drama around it.
24 May 2004 | by Kelly G.See all my reviews

I remember reading a review of this in one of those phone book sized movie guides you can get at a book store. They gave it their lowest rating, saying that it looked like it was all improvised in a series of motel room and apartments.

Yea, I can kind of see it.

Anyways, Wild Side is an OK noir film of sorts about a bank worker by day, high class prostitute by night (Heche) who gets involved with a crime boss (Walken) and his sexy girlfriend (Chen). Heche and Chen end up falling in love, and concoct a plan of sorts to get away.

The film probably would have faded away if it wasn't for the scorcher of a love scene between Heche and Chen. With an agonizingly erotic set up (a long dinner date between the two, followed by a first kiss in the womens bathroom), the actual love scene is allowed to play out nice and slow, in a big bedroom with the summer light and breeze blowing in. Seriously guys (and girls, I guess) this is everything you could want in a scene like this.

I wish I could say the movie around it was memorable enough to live up to that kind of glory, but it really doesn't. I'm sure Donald Cammell was a great director, and it's probably real sad that the film was chopped up before he could finish it to it's satisfaction. But I've got a feeling that whatever state this movie was supposed to in, it would have turned out the same.

Eroticism aside, the lesbian scene is asthetically like a breath of fresh air. It's bright, and wide open in the way it plays out across the screen. Compared to that, the rest of the movie really does play too dark; It really is kind of like sitting with your legs crossed on the floor in the corners of dark apartments while listening to other people talk. Dreary, in other words.

By the way, check out the Canadian video cover for this one compared to the static "3 portraits" cover we got in America. A classic example of how just how puritanical our culture can be sometimes.


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