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Wild in the Country

1961 1h 54m Drama List
50% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 58% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
A young Southern man with a troubled family life, Glenn Tyler (Elvis Presley) is forced to go on probation after a big brawl with his brother. Working with lovely counselor Irene Sperry (Hope Lange), Glenn tries to get his life back on track and decides that he wants to be a writer. Problems arise when the nosy citizens of his tiny town think that Glenn is involved with Irene, even though he has been pursuing romance with girls his own age, including Betty Lee Parsons (Millie Perkins). Read More Read Less
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Blake French Filmcritic.com Presley holds nothing back with his untamed performance Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 2, 2009 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com Pedestrian Presley vehicle w/forgettable songs, acting. Rated: 2/5 Apr 20, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jun 27, 2005 Full Review Daniel M. Kimmel Worcester Telegram & Gazette Rated: 3/5 Feb 22, 2004 Full Review John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) With its incestuous 'Peyton Place' plot, out-of-wedlock baby and Tennessee Williams hothouse atmosphere, this is Elvis's most adult movie... Aug 11, 2003 Full Review Ryan Cracknell Apollo Guide A script that looked good on paper but when it came time to produce it, things came apart more than they came together. Rated: 60/100 Dec 31, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Marcela L This is it, folks - Elvis' most autobiographical movie. In it, he's unjustly blamed and cursed for everything but remains innocent throughout. You simply can't miss out on this raw and vulnerable portrayal of the King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/04/24 Full Review Caroline R I LOVE this movie and Elvis is brilliant in it. Just as good, if not better than James Dean! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/14/23 Full Review Red T Definitely the strongest Elvis film I've seen to date. The acting here is actually good. Elvis is decent (easily his strongest performance I've seen) and is helped out by a solid supporting cast who makes him better. The cinematography is good also with well framed shots and does a great job of catching the drama. The music is good also but the main problem here is there is only 2 musical numbers not counting the title track and they really aren't the visually popping but are well sung. The editing and pacing are decent. It feels like the main issue is the subplot with Tuesday Weld is a bit of a distraction, the musical numbers are a bit out of place because this is tone wise a serious drama and can't figure out how to work musical numbers in hardly at all or make the ones there pop, and it can meander a bit but it stays focused. The drama is the main focus but I wish it would've been more focused on Elvis a bit more. This could've had about 15-20 minutes shaved off by fully committing to a drama and gotten rid of the musical numbers and Welds subplot and more focus on Elvis. But what is here is a competently made drama with some solid performances. Anyone who is a Elvis fan but is ok with seeing him in something more dramatic rather musical related will like this. This was a nice surprise. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/11/23 Full Review steve d A bit meatier than his normal film but not his best. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Strong acting by elvis and the whole cast but another box office flop: everybody seemed to want the smiling GI in GI blues . This is, to be fair, a draggy soap opera about a tormented country boy who is discovered by an older woman , Hope Lange, who believes in him (or just his butt). Watch the picture to find out! Tuesday Weld is on his "wild" side! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review panayiota k I love Elvis, Hope Lange and Millie Perkins but the movie was ridiculous. Elvis' acting wasn't the best, his character was all over the place and it had a melodramatic/soap-opera feel. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A young Southern man with a troubled family life, Glenn Tyler (Elvis Presley) is forced to go on probation after a big brawl with his brother. Working with lovely counselor Irene Sperry (Hope Lange), Glenn tries to get his life back on track and decides that he wants to be a writer. Problems arise when the nosy citizens of his tiny town think that Glenn is involved with Irene, even though he has been pursuing romance with girls his own age, including Betty Lee Parsons (Millie Perkins).
Director
Philip Dunne
Producer
Jerry Wald
Screenwriter
Clifford Odets
Production Co
Twentieth Century Fox
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 1, 2011
Runtime
1h 54m
Sound Mix
Stereo
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