The Wild Life (1984)

R | 114 mins | Comedy-drama | 28 September 1984

Director:

Art Linson

Writer:

Cameron Crowe

Cinematographer:

James Glennon

Editor:

Michael Jablow

Production Designer:

William Sandell

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

End credits include the following statement: “The producers wish to thank: Rollin’ Donuts, the City of Burbank, the City of Huntington Park, the City of Torrance, the City of Los Angeles.”
       A 13 Jan 1984 HR news brief announced that Sybil Danning was cast in a dream sequence in the film. The part was described in the script as “a Sybil Danning type.” However, the scene does not appear in the film and Danning is not credited onscreen. Similarly, a 3 Apr 1984 HR news item stated that Leonard Gaines had been cast, but did not remain with the project.
       HR production charts on 14 Feb 1984 reported that principal photography began 6 Feb 1984 in Los Angeles, CA.
       Several reviews, including the Dec 1984 Box, referred to The Wild Life as the middle film of a trilogy, written by Cameron Crowe, that also included Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982, see entry) and Singles (1992, see ... More Less

End credits include the following statement: “The producers wish to thank: Rollin’ Donuts, the City of Burbank, the City of Huntington Park, the City of Torrance, the City of Los Angeles.”
       A 13 Jan 1984 HR news brief announced that Sybil Danning was cast in a dream sequence in the film. The part was described in the script as “a Sybil Danning type.” However, the scene does not appear in the film and Danning is not credited onscreen. Similarly, a 3 Apr 1984 HR news item stated that Leonard Gaines had been cast, but did not remain with the project.
       HR production charts on 14 Feb 1984 reported that principal photography began 6 Feb 1984 in Los Angeles, CA.
       Several reviews, including the Dec 1984 Box, referred to The Wild Life as the middle film of a trilogy, written by Cameron Crowe, that also included Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982, see entry) and Singles (1992, see entry). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Dec 1984.
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Daily Variety
30 Mar 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
14 Feb 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 April 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Sep 1984
p. 3, 43.
LAHExam
27 Sep 1984
Section B, p. 1, 5.
Los Angeles Times
28 Sep 1984
p. 1, 6.
New York Times
28 Sep 1984
p. 8.
Newsweek
8 Oct 1984.
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Variety
3 Oct 1984
p. 17.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Art Linson production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
Addl asst dir
Addl asst dir
Asst dir trainee
PRODUCERS
Prod
Co-prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam asst
Cam asst
Gaffer
Best boy
Best boy
Lighting tech
Lighting tech
Key grip
2d grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Prod illustrator
FILM EDITORS
Assoc film ed
Apprentice film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst prop master
Standby painter
Leadman
Const coord
COSTUMES
Cost des
Women's costumer
Men's costumer
Set costumer
Set costumer
Set costumer
MUSIC
Orig mus score
Orig mus score
Mus supv
Mus ed
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Utility sd eng
Supv sd ed
Supv ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Apprentice sd ed
Foley
Foley
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Titles
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod coord
Pub consultant
Loc mgr
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Casting coord
Casting asst
Catering provided by
Craft service
Extras casting
Unit pub
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 September 1984
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 28 September 1984
Production Date:
began 6 February 1984 in Los Angeles, CA
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 January 1985
Copyright Number:
PA241485
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Panaflex® camera and lenses by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
114
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Two weeks before the start of school, fifteen-year-old Jim Conrad sneaks into Alexander High School at night to listen to music on his portable tape deck, smoke cigarettes, and drink beer. A security guard orders him to leave, and on his way out, Jim uses an explosive to blow the head off an Alexander the Great statue. Meanwhile, high school wrestler Tom Drake unsuccessfully attempts to buy alcohol at a liquor store. Later, at the local bowling alley, Jim’s older brother, Bill Conrad, makes excuses when Tom is two hours late for work. Nearby, police officer David Curtiss visits Bill’s former girl friend Anita, who works at a donut shop, and they make love in the back room. Back at the bowling alley, Tom and Bill discuss Bill’s move to his first apartment the following day. When Jim arrives, he stands up to an older boy who threatens him, but Bill informs his brother that their mother is looking for him and he should go home. After work, newly graduated Bill explains to Tom that he broke up with Anita, who is still in high school, because he wants independence. When Tom informs him that Anita is dating an older man, Bill claims to be happy for her. However, he later goes to the donut shop and confronts Anita, who reminds him that it was he who ended the relationship. After Anita’s shift ends, she meets her friend, Eileen, who works in a clothing store. As Anita gets a ride home from Eileen, she compares her experience with Officer David to her time with Bill, confiding that she had her first orgasm that night with David. At the Conrad ... +


Two weeks before the start of school, fifteen-year-old Jim Conrad sneaks into Alexander High School at night to listen to music on his portable tape deck, smoke cigarettes, and drink beer. A security guard orders him to leave, and on his way out, Jim uses an explosive to blow the head off an Alexander the Great statue. Meanwhile, high school wrestler Tom Drake unsuccessfully attempts to buy alcohol at a liquor store. Later, at the local bowling alley, Jim’s older brother, Bill Conrad, makes excuses when Tom is two hours late for work. Nearby, police officer David Curtiss visits Bill’s former girl friend Anita, who works at a donut shop, and they make love in the back room. Back at the bowling alley, Tom and Bill discuss Bill’s move to his first apartment the following day. When Jim arrives, he stands up to an older boy who threatens him, but Bill informs his brother that their mother is looking for him and he should go home. After work, newly graduated Bill explains to Tom that he broke up with Anita, who is still in high school, because he wants independence. When Tom informs him that Anita is dating an older man, Bill claims to be happy for her. However, he later goes to the donut shop and confronts Anita, who reminds him that it was he who ended the relationship. After Anita’s shift ends, she meets her friend, Eileen, who works in a clothing store. As Anita gets a ride home from Eileen, she compares her experience with Officer David to her time with Bill, confiding that she had her first orgasm that night with David. At the Conrad home, Bill attempts to convince Jim, who is obsessed with the Vietnam War and martial arts, to be more responsible. Meanwhile, Eileen warns her boyfriend, Tom, that he takes her for granted and screams when he becomes too aggressive, so he runs away before her parents awaken. When Bill moves to his new apartment, Craig Davis, the manager, convinces him to take a larger, more expensive unit. Back at the bowling alley, Bill brags to Tom about his new place, and Jim meets an attractive girl named Brenda. Afterward, Tom announces to his wrestling friends, Vince and Benny, that he plans to propose to Eileen, and they plan his bachelor party. However, Tom interrupts Eileen at work, ruining a sale. Eileen turns down his proposal. At his new apartment, Bill introduces himself to a pair of stewardesses at the pool, but they are disinterested in his advances. Meanwhile, Eileen tells Anita about Tom’s proposal as the girls prepare for a night out. Later, Bill bemoans the high cost of living alone and Tom suggests that he could be his roommate. Anita waits at the donut shop to go out with David, but he never arrives. In the morning, Tom moves in to the apartment and Bill tries to establish ground rules about parties, then loses a coin flip to determine who gets the larger bedroom. Walking alongside railroad tracks, Jim and his younger friend, Tony, discuss Charlie, a Vietnam War veteran, whom Jim befriended. That night, Tom, Bill, Vince, and Benny, go to a strip club called “Les Girls” for Tom’s premature bachelor party, and a brawl erupts among the patrons. Meanwhile, David visits Anita and she complains about being ignored the previous night, as Jim observes the policeman maneuvering her into the backroom. The next day, Tom’s boorish behavior at the pool makes a bad impression on the building manager, Mr. Davis. Later, Eileen’s boss, Harry, asks her to confront a shoplifter, but Tom’s arrival allows the perpetrator to escape and Harry calls security to remove Tom. Harry then expresses his desire for Eileen, but she rebuffs him. Later, Anita visits David’s home, where she is shocked to meet his pregnant wife and young son. Elsewhere, Bill returns home and finds Tom partying with the cable installer. The next day, Mr. Davis informs Bill that having Tom as a roommate will require higher rent. When Bill balks, Davis agrees to talk to the owner on condition that Tom does not have any more parties. Meanwhile, outside the bowling alley, Jim lays down in front of Brenda’s boyfriend’s car to impress her. Inside, Tom telephones Eileen to apologize, but she is uninterested. In the coffee shop, Bill overhears three policemen talking about a married colleague cheating on his wife with a girl at the donut shop and realizes they are discussing Anita. Bill tells Mr. Parker, his boss, that he has to leave. Meanwhile, in the donut shop, Anita angrily informs David that she went to his house and discovered the infidelity. As Jim plants firecrackers under David’s patrol car, Bill arrives and confronts David, but the officer threatens to arrest him. When David leaves, the firecrackers explode, causing him to crash the vehicle into a donut sign. Later, Jim takes Tony to meet Charlie, the Vietnam veteran. Although Charlie warns Jim about Vietnam, the boy inadvertently sees Charlie injecting himself with heroin. Meanwhile, Bill takes Anita to his new apartment and they agree to reconcile on a trial basis. However, he is shocked to discover Tom throwing a loud party. When guests threaten to leave because the party is too crowded, Tom, Vince, and Benny break down the wall into the next apartment. Tom’s father, who was previously unaware that his son moved out, escorts Tom home. Tom returns in the morning, and he and Bill are evicted. Bill feels defeated, but Tom assures him that the party has transformed him into a legend. On the first day of school, Tom pleads with Eileen for another chance and whisks her away in his convertible. Bill takes Anita to school and assures her he will have a new apartment by the afternoon. Jim bumps into Brenda and realizes he made an impression after all, because she remembers his name. +

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