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Night of the Wilding (1990)

Three boys have gone wild by raping and brutally beating several people. Defense attorney Joseph Fainer accepts the case only to find that the prosecuting attorney is his ex-wife.


Joseph Merhi


Joseph Merhi, Charles T. Kanganis (as Charles Kanganis)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Erik Estrada ... Joseph
Joey Travolta ... Paul
Kathrin Middleton ... Marion (as Kathrin Lautner)
Isaac Allan Isaac Allan ... Carl
Charlie Ganis Charlie Ganis ... Martin
Robert Dickey Robert Dickey ... Allen
Pamela Dixon Pamela Dixon ... Linda
Jean Levine Jean Levine ... Judge
Robert Gallo ... Robert
Raymond Martino Raymond Martino ... Anthony
Addison Randall Addison Randall ... Detective
Julie Austin Julie Austin ... Betty
Carol Cummings Carol Cummings ... Doris (as Kimberly Spiess)
Joe Verroca Joe Verroca ... Bill
Michelle Mania Michelle Mania ... Jane (as Michelle Smith)


Three boys have gone wild by raping and brutally beating several people. Defense attorney Joseph Fainer accepts the case only to find that the prosecuting attorney is his ex-wife.

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gang rape | gang | rape | violence | trial | See All (10) »


Crime | Thriller | Drama


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Release Date:

18 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite Selvagem See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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PM Entertainment Group See more »
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DVD version has extended the sexual assault including more violence and nudity See more »


Theme Song
Written and Performed by Jastereo Coviare
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A complete waste of time.
7 June 1999 | by Susie-7See all my reviews

This movie is so unbelievably awful that I don't think it is even possible to express it in words. I do not understand why such a piece of crap was ever made, why some studio released it, and why some television station paid for the rights. The movie starts off all right, with a decent story about three guys on trial for rape and assault. One of the victims has a somewhat shady past, so the movie explores the "victim on trial" phenomenon that has been dealt with in so many other movies, and usually done better. But still, it seemed like this movie was going to be passable, even if the acting left a lot to be desired.

I won't give away all the details, in case someone actually wants to suffer through this movie.

What appeared to be a courtroom drama degenerated into some ridiculous, I don't know, slasher flick, almost. It's fine to make the bad guys completely psychopathic and without redeeming features, but this movie fails horribly in making these characters even remotely believable. Forget Silence of the Lambs or even a Leprechaun movie; the Leprechaun movies look like Oscar contenders next to this crap, and the villain, despite its lack of depth, almost seems like a Hannibal Lecter next to this garbage. In addition, the courtroom scenes are poorly done, and often the prosecutor's questioning of witnesses is completely left out, making the defense's cross-examination quite meaningless and without context. The chase scene at the end of the movie is also horribly shot and directed. It is painfully obvious that old Erik Estrada has slowed down a lot since his CHIPS days, as he clearly is running after the bad guy at a significantly slower speed than the bad guy is running; Estrada also climbs over obstacles more awkwardly and less quickly- yet he maintains his distance from the bad guy, never trailing or having to stop to catch his breath, like he obviously had to. If the makers of this film wanted a realistic sprinting chase, then they should have picked an actor who could keep up with a young guy. The car taking flight over the baseball backstop, if that's the right term, was also amazingly implausible.

If ever there was a textbook example of how NOT to make a movie, this is it. This movie is awfulness at its worst (or best). I recommend avoiding this movie like it's the plague.

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