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The Wild Life (1984)

Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David.

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Art Linson

Writer:

Cameron Crowe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Penn ... Tom Drake (as Christopher Penn)
Ilan Mitchell-Smith ... Jim Conrad
Eric Stoltz ... Bill Conrad
Jenny Wright ... Eileen
Lea Thompson ... Anita
Brin Berliner ... Tony
Rick Moranis ... Harry
Hart Bochner ... David Curtiss
Susan Rinell ... Donna (as Susan Blackstone)
Cari Anne Warder Cari Anne Warder ... Julie
Robert Ridgely ... Craig Davis
Jack Kehoe ... Mr. Parker
Simone White Simone White ... Brenda (as Jennifer White)
Beth McKinley Beth McKinley ... Robin
Michael Bowen ... Vince
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Eighties teen romp involving Bill and his new apartment, Jim and his rebellious antics, Tom and his crazy self, and Anita with her older man David. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The Wild Life. It's casual See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attention Délires! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,001,000, 30 September 1984

Gross USA:

$11,020,375
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title, "The Wild Life", is said one time only in the film. It is said by actor Robert Ridgely who played the character of 'Craig Davis', the manager of the apartments where Eric Stoltz (Bill Conrad) rents. It's is included in his pitch-speech in renting the room to Bill. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Jim has the music up too loud, Bill comes in and it appears that he yanks the plug out. After he leaves, Jim turns it back on by hitting play, not by putting the plug back in. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Tom Drake: It's casual.
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Alternate Versions

Most video versions alter the soundtrack because of copyright reasons. See more »

Connections

References Enter the Dragon (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

For What It's Worth
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Buffalo Springfield (as The Buffalo Springfield)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A wild film about living life to the fullest...
3 August 2005 | by MonteCarloManSee all my reviews

Great party movie, following the adventures of Bill & Tom, two high school buddies at opposite ends of the spectrum. Bill (Eric Stolz) prefers to live life straight-laced, while his friend Tom (Chris Penn) takes nothing seriously except partying all the time. When Bill moves out of his mother's house to live on his own he faces many issues, from his girlfriend, to his brother, to his landlord. Meanwhile, his friend Tom moves in to keep the rent down but proceeds to turn Bill's life upside down. This movie is non-stop comedy from start to finish and is a personal favorite of mine. Soundtrack features guitar virtuoso Edward Van Halen throughout the movie, also features cameos by rockers Lee Ving and Ron Wood. 70s Pornstar legend Kitten Navidad also makes an appearance! Classic 80s movie is worth multiple looks. Now all that needs to be done is a much anticipated DVD release! If you enjoyed this movie, take a look at "The Last American Virgin" which is similar to "Wild Life". I rate both highly.


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