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||IMDB Rating: 6.1/10 from 1,269 votes
||Release: 29 May 1968 (USA) /
||Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
||Director: Barry Shear,
||Stars: Bert Freed, Christopher Jones, Diane Varsi, Don Wyndham, Ed Begley, Hal Holbrook, Kellie Flanagan, Kevin Coughlin, Larry Bishop, May Ishihara, Michael Margotta, Millie Perkins, Richard Pryor, Salli Sachse, Shelley Winters
||Synopsis: Max Flatow is a precocious, social miscreant who has a way with home-made explosives. When he tires of these, he runs away from home only to emerge seven years later as Max Frost, the world's most popular entertainer. When Congressman John Fergus uses Frost as a political ploy to gain the youth vote in his run for the Senate, Frost wills himself into the system, gaining new rights for the young. Eventually, Frost runs for the presidency. Winning in a landslide, he issues his first presidential edict: All oldsters are required to live in "retirement homes" where they are forced to ingest LSD, taking the 60s catch phrase "Never trust anyone over 30" to its most extreme consequences. Written by Rick Gregory <[email protected]>
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Since I was only in fifth grade at the time of this film's release in
1968, I did not have the unmitigated joy of seeing this on the big
screen. In fact, I had only heard rumors of the film's existence until
I caught it tonight on one of the Starz channels. (Thank the movie gods
for them!) And despite the dated but still delicious grooviness of the
then-teen flick, there are shades of relevance today.
The seemingly ridiculous premise: an unbelievably handsome 22-year-old
millionaire singing idol (Christopher Jones)--who can make his own
LSD!--helps a congressman (Hal Halbrook) become senator on the platform
of lowering the voting age to 15, through sheer charisma gathers
thousands of youths to rally in both L.A. and D.C., eventually wins the
office of U.S. President as a Republican (!) and then forces anyone
over 30 into a "paradise camp" to be forever happy on LSD so that they
are incapable of causing any more trouble.
To many teens at the time (and even now, I suppose), this idea was not
all that ridiculous. The "establishment" was greatly concerned over the
growing influence of the babyboomers, who made up over half of the
population at that time, and the young people knew it. This film's
message of hope for peace and love by removing "old school" approaches
to politics, while also offering a great song (which actually hit the
charts), attractive actors in up-to-the-minute costumes and a
higher-than-usual quality of filming, appealed to the rebellious nature
of youth and their demands for a cool movie that they could relate to
but that would simultaneously freak out their parents. It made a LOT of
money for its day and genre.
The film opens with the rebel-protagonist quickly growing up with
overbearing mom Shelley Winters, who chews up scenery like nobody's
business. She has hilarious bits throughout the film, perhaps most
notably after her acceptance of the "new order" as she extols the
merits of LSD therapy! James Dean look-alike Jones intoxicates us with
his gorgeous looks and charm, whether singing with his band in clubs or
convincing us to go along with his outlandish hope for 14-year-olds to
get the vote, since his own businessman/guitarist is 15!
Other highlights of the cast include Holbrook's full-on (dare we say
it, mature?) dramatic acting, which contrasts greatly with the
laid-back, free-spirit antics of the other young stars of the film,
especially Richard Pryor, who assists in spiking the Washington D.C.
water supply with LSD! Ed Begley has a couple memorable scenes as a
stereotypically crabby and uncooperative senator who eventually finds
drug-induced bliss at the over-30 camp, and Army Archie and Dick Clark
(!) have cameos. Post-election ugliness and the ending scene with a
future child star add ridiculous but poignant twists.
Today, many will see the film as over-the-top and rather campy, a weird
period piece from the era of activism but also of often really bad
movies. However, those old enough to have been around then will
remember not just the drugs and far-out clothes but the counter-culture
rumblings of the late 60s. True, this is not high art and certainly not
cerebral. But far from being a throw-away film, "Wild In the Streets"
remains a funny examination of a time when the demands for social
change brought about extremes in actions. The posters on the message
boards for this site who are searching for copies of this time capsule
gem attest to its lasting appeal.
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, Christopher Jones
, Diane Varsi
, Don Wyndham
, Ed Begley
, Hal Holbrook
, Kellie Flanagan
, Kevin Coughlin
, Larry Bishop
, May Ishihara
, Michael Margotta
, Millie Perkins
, Richard Pryor
, Salli Sachse
, Shelley Winters
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