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Wild Things (1998)

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A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.

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John McNaughton

Writer:

Stephen Peters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Ray Duquette
Matt Dillon ... Sam Lombardo
Neve Campbell ... Suzie Toller
Theresa Russell ... Sandra Van Ryan
Denise Richards ... Kelly Van Ryan
Daphne Rubin-Vega ... Gloria Perez
Robert Wagner ... Tom Baxter
Bill Murray ... Ken Bowden
Carrie Snodgress ... Ruby
Jeff Perry ... Bryce Hunter
Cory Pendergast ... Jimmy Leach
Marc Macaulay ... Walter
Toi Svane Stepp Toi Svane Stepp ... Nicole (as Toi Svane)
Dennis Neal ... Art Maddox
Diane Adams Diane Adams ... School Secretary
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Storyline

In south Florida, a high school counselor is accused of rape by a manipulative rich girl and her trailer trash classmate. The cop on the case begins to suspect a conspiracy and dives into an elaborate and devious web of greed and betrayal to find the truth. Written by J.J. Jackson

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Taglines:

Sie sind jung, Sie sind sexy, Sie sind morderisch. (You're young, you're sexy, you're murderous) (German release) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex Crimes See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,622,444, 22 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,753,944, 28 June 1998
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mandalay Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Unrated Edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The retail price of the U.S. LaserDisc was $34.95. See more »

Goofs

Sam writes the words "Sex Crimes" on the chalkboard, but the next shot has it written in smaller letters. The number of underlines also changes. Actually there are four different layouts of this text between cuts. See more »

Quotes

Kelly Van Ryan: Can I play too? Or is it just for boys?
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Crazy Credits

Interspersed with the credits are additional scenes that explain some of the plot twists. See more »

Alternate Versions

On 20 April 2004 an Unrated Edition of Wild Things was released on DVD and includes the following additions and extensions:
  • Over the opening shots of the school is inter-cut images of girls moving(dully lit and hard to make out)
  • Extended opening, Duquette and Perez talk about Suzie being locked up for 6 months and Lombardo being a sex hound
  • Extended threesome between Suzie, Lombardo, and Kelly
  • Extended pool scene of Suzie and Kelly making love
  • Duquette is caught spying on Kelly and she sprays him with a hose
  • Bowden and Baxter have lunch at a Mexican restaurant
  • Alternate and extended dialogue is placed through out the movie
  • Alternate Ending - Suzie's Grandmother Ruby takes Det. Perez on a tour of Suzie's home, she shows her a family album and reveals that she is not Suzie's real grandmother but that she raised her as her own. In an odd twist of events, Ruby reveals that old man Van Ryan (Kelly's grandfather) had once gotten a young girl pregnant. He brought her to the glades to live in the trailer park, where she gave birth and died within a year from alcoholism. Ruby then took Suzie in her home shortly afterwards. Ruby then tells Det. Perez that Sandra Van Ryan (Theresa Russell) is Suzie's half-sister, so Suzie had technically been having sex with her own niece Kelly (Denise Richards). (This is all added before Det. Perez goes to talk to Walter).
  • Two added graphic scenes to the revealing ending - 1 Kelly comes to see Lombardo at the bar and gives him some cocaine to try, she is dressed very sexy in red and they end up fooling around (when Suzie takes the pictures of them together). 2 Then Lombardo is seen making love to Kelly from behind (after the car wash; in this particular scene, Lombardo is seen groping Kelly's right breast) as she repeats the line "No little girl is gonna make me..."
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Soundtracks

Not An Addict
Written by Sarah Bettens and Gert Bettens
Performed by K's Choice
Courtesy of Double T Music/550 Music/Sony Music Entertainment (Belgium)
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

 
Kinky erotic thriller is fun and extremely entertaining.
25 October 2005 | by hu675See all my reviews

In Blue Bay's elite beach communities and into the murky waters of the Everglades, you would expect nothing beyond this venture until a guidance counselor (Matt Dillon) is accused of raping two high school students (Neve Campbell and Denise Richards). While they are two detectives on the cast (Kevin Bacon and Daphne Rubin-Vega), they find out there's more than meets the eye in the mystery of deceit, sex and greed.

Directed by John Mc Naughton (Herny:Portrait of a Serial Killer, Lansky, Normal Life) made an entertaining trashy noir that has an unique blend of sex, suspense, comedy and a twisted story. An terrific cast makes things enjoyable, which included:Theresa Russell, Robert Wagner and Bill Murray. This film wasn't much of a hit, when it was first released in the spring of 1998. But it turned into a cult hit on video.

The Unrated DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an good Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The Unrated DVD adds seven minutes of additional footage, which it has some good moments...especially during the end credits and the characters are more fleshed-out in the Unrated DVD. "Wild Things" has an good moody music score by George S. Clinton (Austin Powers Trilogy) and striking camera work by Jeffery L. Kimball (Jacob's Ladder, Stigmata, True Romance) are one of the highlights of this guilty pleasure film. Bacon is also the film's executive producer. Murray is a hoot in his minor role as Dillon's lawyer. Written by Stephen Peters. Panavision. (****/*****).


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