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A teenage boy must deal with his mother's complicated response after his father temporarily abandons them to take a menial and dangerous job.

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Joe Brinson
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Jerry Brinson
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Jeanette Brinson
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Forester (as Travis Bruyer)
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Ruth-Ann
Tom Huston Orr ...
Mr. Cartwright
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Warren Miller
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Clarence Snow
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Receptionist
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Coach
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Esther
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Photographer
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Teacher
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Female Employee
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Older Policeman (as Richard Olson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Lady (uncredited)
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Football Player (uncredited)
Chris Bodelle ...
Shopper (uncredited)
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Grocery Store Customer (uncredited)
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Bus Patron (uncredited)
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Barmaid (uncredited)
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Firefighter (uncredited)
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Airman (uncredited)
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Wealthy Car Buyer (uncredited)
Shane D. Davidson ...
Forest Firefighter (uncredited)
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Firefighter (uncredited)
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Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Bus Depot Attendant (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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Firefigher (uncredited)
Russell Herrera Jr. ...
Forest Firefighter (uncredited)
Tyler Kechely ...
Forester (uncredited)
Kami King ...
High School Student (uncredited)
Charles Lipps ...
Bus Passenger (uncredited)
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Airman (uncredited)
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Groom (uncredited)
Kristen Melling ...
Mom - Photoshoot (uncredited)
Ashton Moffitt ...
Football Player - Quarterback (uncredited)
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Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
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Couple Sitting for a Portrait (uncredited)
Sara Moore ...
Student (uncredited)
Dale Murphy ...
Firefighter (uncredited)
Jordan Preston ...
Student (uncredited)
Ashlynn Ree ...
Classmate (uncredited)
Erik P. Resel ...
Forest Firefighter (uncredited)
Justin Sheldon ...
Forest Firefighter (uncredited)
Tryston Skye ...
Forest Firefighter (uncredited)
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Firefighter (uncredited)
Curtis D. Tucker ...
Forest Firefighter (uncredited)
Marshall Virden ...
Firefighter (uncredited)
Greg Williams ...
Father of the Bride (uncredited)
Dustin Wilson ...
Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Paul Dano

Written by

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Paul Dano ... (screenplay by) &
Zoe Kazan ... (screenplay by)
 
Richard Ford ... (based on the book by)

Produced by

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Paul Dano ... producer
B. Ted Deiker ... executive producer (as Ted Deiker)
Andrew Duncan ... producer
Jake Gyllenhaal ... producer
Dani Johnson ... associate producer
Zoe Kazan ... executive producer
Riva Marker ... producer
Oren Moverman ... producer
Jeffrey Penman ... associate producer
Ann Ruark ... producer
Alex Saks ... producer
Eddie Vaisman ... executive producer

Music by

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David Lang ... composer

Cinematography by

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Diego García ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Louise Ford
Matthew Hannam

Editorial Department

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Frederick Agyemang ... digital intermediate assist
Erik Choquette ... conform artist
Melissa Floreth ... digital intermediate producer (as Melissa Kelly)
Joe Gawler ... senior digital colorist
Lucian Johnston ... additional assistant editor
Michael LaFond ... assistant editor
Taylor Levy ... assistant editor
Sheila Lobo ... digital intermediate coordinator
Cara Manise ... post producer
Josh Olive ... colorist: dailies
Alec Perez ... digital intermediate assistant
Morgan Wajda-Levie ... assistant editor
Matt Caruso ... senior digital intermediate producer (uncredited)

Casting By

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Jodi Angstreich
Laura Rosenthal

Production Design by

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Akin McKenzie

Art Direction by

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Miles Michael ... (as Miles K. Michael)

Set Decoration by

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Melisa Jusufi

Costume Design by

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Amanda Ford

Makeup Department

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Cheryl Daniels ... hair department head
Alexandra Ford ... hair stylist
Toni Marlo ... makeup artist
Sarah Rubano ... makeup department head
Sandra Stuckey ... makeup artist: Montana
Sarah Yacko ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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B. Ted Deiker ... unit production manager
Zak Kristofek ... production supervisor
Jeffrey Penman ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kim Dang ... additional second second assistant director
Duccio Fabbri ... first assistant director
Harrison Jaffee ... second second assistant director
Cassandra Santiago ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Dylan Brodie ... set dresser
Peter Burton ... carpenter / set dresser
Sean P. Egan ... graphic artist
Johnne Eschleman ... scenic artist
Kelly Farrah ... assistant property master
Lance Gill ... set dresser
Jackie Goncalves ... art department coordinator
Heidi Hoffer ... scenic artist
David Jesper ... storyboard artist (as Paul Jesper)
Mike Johnson ... leadman: Montana
Lauren Norby ... set decoration buyer: Montana
Ezra Olson ... set dresser
Scott b Schmidt ... assistant property master / on set dresser
A. Patrick Storey ... property master (as Patrick Storey)
Linda Loo Trippe ... set decoration buyer (as Linda Trippe)
Colin Warde ... on set dresser
Shann Whynot-Young ... leadman
James Wray ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Carlie Bergman ... adr studio coordinator
Hunter Berk ... adr mixer
Leslie Bloome ... foley artist
Dominic Boucher ... adr recording enginner
Richard Bullock Jr. ... boom operator (as Richard Bullock)
Giuseppe Cappello ... re-recording mix assist
Ryan Collison ... foley mixer
Pud Cusack ... production sound mixer
Joanna Fang ... foley artist
Jonathan Fuhrer ... assistant sound editor (as Jon Fuhrer)
Bill Higley ... adr mixer
Bobby Johanson ... adr mixer: Harbor Picture Company
Ihor Kaniuk ... re-recording mixer
Jacob Ribicoff ... sound designer
Michael Rivera ... adr recordist / adr recordist: Harbor Picture Company
Tricia Schultz ... adr coordinator: Harbor Picture Company
Nick Seaman ... foley mixer (as Nicholas Seaman)
Marcel Simoneau ... voice over actor and adr
Daniel Timmons ... adr editor (as Dan Timmons) / dialogue editor (as Dan Timmons)
Tony Volante ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Jonathan Fuhrer ... foley editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Blaine Decker ... special effects assistant
Matthew Hall ... special effects coordinator
Ryan Roundy ... special effects assistant

Visual Effects by

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Irene Armit ... vfx project manager
Wasselena Bilak ... vfx production manager
Vincent Boucher-Cormier ... Digital Matte-Painter
Eloi Brunelle ... digital compositor
Guillaume Chiavassa ... visual effects editor
David Danesi ... visual effects producer
Philippe Desiront ... on set vfx supervisor
Elisa-Ann Dion ... Digital Matte-Painter
Maxime Dontigny ... digital compositor
Appasaheb Gade ... visual effects artist
Andre Giordani ... layout and matchmove artist
Ashok Gunjal ... visual effects artist
Christine Hantzo-Stoll ... vfx production manager
Elena Koleva ... digital compositor
Sergey Kononenko ... vfx supervisor: Digital District
Loic Laurelut ... digital compositor
Simon Lecavalier ... vfx supervisor: Digital District
François Leduc ... digital compositor
Nicolas Marion ... Digital Matte-Painter
Sonia Marques ... visual effects producer
Christopher Maslen ... digital compositor
Danika Hopper Naud ... visual effects coordinator
Ghislain Ouellette ... digital compositor
Patrick Parenteau ... visual effects artist
Claire Simond ... digital matte painter
Mathieu Tremblay ... digital compositor

Stunts

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Sean Morrissey ... stunts
Tom Struthers ... stunt coordinator
Justin T. Woods ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Tony Ballew ... second unit key grip
Matt Bauske ... electrician
Keith Brown ... electrician
Justin Crawford ... key grip
Jake Czepiel ... dolly grip
Adam Dorris ... 2nd Unit: First Assistant Camera
Liz Drew ... electrician
Adrian Durazo ... camera operator: first unit / director of photography: second unit
Josh Ermon ... best boy grip
Scott Garfield ... still photographer
Jesse Goodman ... grip
Micah Hart ... grip
Sarah Hoch ... additional electrician
Sara Ingram ... first assistant camera
Russell Macway ... grip
Jeff Marks ... second assistant camera
Kyle Martindale ... grip
Leonard A. Mazzone ... digital imaging technician
Stacy Mize ... b camera first assistant
Jason Montague ... additional grip: second unit
Austin Murphy ... set lighting technician
Michael Roy ... gaffer
Brooke Shackleford ... grip
Andrew Thie ... electrician

Casting Department

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Bethany Bourland ... oklahoma casting assistant
Tina Buckingham ... montana casting director
Tiffany Feese ... oklahoma casting associate
Dann Fink ... adr voice casting
Chris Freihofer ... oklahoma casting director
Chantél Italia Johnson ... extras casting (as Chantel Johnson) / oklahoma casting associate (as Chantel Johnson)
Bruce Winant ... adr voice casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Farley Crawford ... costume production assistant: LA
Sarah Dano ... key costumer
Sarah Maiorino ... shopper
Jocelyn Pierce ... costume supervisor
Jenna Weinstein ... costume production assistant

Location Management

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Eleni Micha Fleming ... location assistant
David Zachary Heine ... assistant location manager
Mark Jarrett ... supervising location manager
Paul Knaus ... location manager: Montana
Barry Lacina ... Location Management
Kate Lindsay ... location manager

Music Department

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John Carbonara ... additional music editor
Trevor Gureckis ... score producer and additional arrangement
Susan Jacobs ... music supervisor
Suzana Peric ... music editor
Ilyse Wolfe Tretter ... music clearance coordinator

Script and Continuity Department

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Shannon Kenny ... script supervisor
Scott Peterson ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Dan Dolan ... transportation captain
Daniel Dolan ... transportation coordinator
Kylie Esco ... driver
'Dirty White Boy' Jeff Hess ... picture car consultant
Hannah Marchant ... transportation dispatcher
Doug Tabb ... driver

Additional Crew

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Lilah Akin ... office production assistant
Rose Mary Baker ... Studio Teacher
Andy Benavides ... key production assistant: Oklahoma
Jon Bielich ... set teacher
Rebecca Cammarata ... assistant: Mr. Gyllenhaal (as Becca Cammarata)
Matt Cassaro ... assistant: Mr. Dano
Gaby Clingman ... assistant: Ms. Marker
A.P. Creighton ... background production assistant: Montana
Mike Davis ... stock footage coordinator
Tevya Desiderio ... production secretary
Patrick DeVine ... title designer
Zuzana Gedeon ... production assistant
Mostafa Goubail ... translator: subtitler
Sha'ree Green ... office production assistant
Juliana Guedes ... assistant: Mr. Gyllenhaal
Lon Haber ... publicist
Tina Haveles ... assistant: Ms. Mulligan
Castille Landon ... payroll accountant
Corry Lane ... production assistant
Feifei Ling ... production office coordinator
Paula P. Manzanedo ... completion guarantor: Film Finances, Inc. (as Paula Manzanedo-Schmit)
Carrie McCully ... set caterer
Tim Monich ... dialect coach
Emily O'Banion ... on set medic
Megan Porter ... production assistant
Dori A. Rath ... production accountant
Jill Rosen ... publicist
Jill Sacco ... assistant production office coordinator
Justin Schaefer ... assistant: Ms. Saks
Colin Scott ... key set production assistant: Montana
Debbie Von Arx ... production legal counsel
Charles Walker ... Stand in for Bill Camp
Lindsey Wallace ... production assistant
Melissa West ... paperwork production assistant / post-production delivery
Dori A. Rath ... production company executive (uncredited)

Thanks

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Tara Bayat ... special thanks
Jenny Eagan ... very special thanks
Sarah Gadon ... special thanks
Kim Gillingham ... thanks
Donika Jusufi ... very special thanks
Jóhann Jóhannsson ... in memory of our friend
Charlene Melindo ... special thanks
Christopher Slager ... special thanks
Robin Swicord ... special thanks
Warren Zavala ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Set in 1950s Montana, "Wildlife" shows and tells the drama and angst that a teenage boy, Joe, goes through, witnessing both his parents split up in his presence. His father, Jerry, loses his job. And though he was offered his job back, he refuses to take it back because he "won't work for those kind of people anymore". So instead, he takes a job fighting a forest fire, which his wife, Jeanette, is dead set against, both for safety reasons, and because she's convinced that he will be unfaithful while away. But he leaves anyway. And yet, without anything happening to him, or any evidence of hanky-panky on his part, she acts the way one would expect her to act had he perished in the fire, or if she had found out that he had been unfaithful while away. This fact causes Joe to acquire uneasy feelings toward his mother. His father does return however. But the three are no happier for it, as Jeanette has taken up with a new significant other in her life. And Jerry reacts furiously against this. The parents wind up separating as she moves to take up a teaching job in Oregon, while Joe continues to live with his father. And then, she suddenly announces that she's taking the bus to visit over the weekend. Perhaps in an odd way, this movie combines both a satisfactory and unsatisfactory ending.

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Also Known As
  • Wildlife: Une saison ardente (France)
  • Lo que arde con el fuego (Spain)
  • 狂野生活 (China, Mandarin title)
  • Divljina (Serbia)
  • Kraina wielkiego nieba (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $104,587, 21 Oct 2018

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Paul Dano requested the rights to adapt Richard Ford's novel into this movie he received the following response: "I am grateful to you for your interest in my book, but I should also say this in hopes of actually encouraging you. My book is my book, your picture, were you to make it, is your picture. Your movie maker's fidelity to my novel is of no great concern to me. Establish your own values, means, goal. Leave the book behind so it doesn't get in the way." See more »
Goofs At 1:05:47, when Jeanette is standing near Joe, her lipstick is faded. At 1:05:57, when she turns around to put her arms in the coat, It's dark again. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode dated 10 September 2018 (2018). See more »
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Quotes Jerry Brinson: Boy, boy, boy! Boy!
[He laughs]
Jerry Brinson: Well, ain't this a wild life, son?
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