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Wild in the Streets (1968)

R | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 29 May 1968 (USA)
A young man gains significant political influence as the leader of a counterculture rock band with his rallying cry of voting rights for teenagers.

Director:

Barry Shear

Writer:

Robert Thom
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shelley Winters ... Daphne Flatow
Christopher Jones ... Max Frost
Diane Varsi ... Sally LeRoy
Hal Holbrook ... Senator Johnny Fergus
Millie Perkins ... Mary Fergus
Richard Pryor ... Stanley X
Bert Freed ... Max Jacob Flatow, Sr.
Kevin Coughlin ... Billy Cage
Larry Bishop ... The Hook
May Ishihara May Ishihara ... Fuji Elly
Salli Sachse ... Hippie Mother
Kellie Flanagan Kellie Flanagan ... Mary Fergus
Don Wyndham Don Wyndham ... Joseph Fergus
Michael Margotta ... Jimmy Fergus
Ed Begley ... Senator Amos Allbright
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Storyline

Wealthy twenty-two year old Max Frost - born Max Jacob Flatow, Jr. - is a rock music superstar, he a rock music franchise unto himself. He has cut ties with his parents, especially due to the control wielded by his overbearing mother, Daphne Flatow, that control against which he rebelled and is still rebelling in the form of having an entourage solely of young people, who he believes knows better than people even a few years older than them. Age-wise, the senior member of his entourage is his acid-dropping girlfriend, former child star Sally LeRoy, age twenty-four, the junior member being fifteen year old Yale law graduate Billy Cage, his business advisor and his band's guitarist. Max decides to endorse thirty-seven year old Congressman Johnny Fergus, running on the Democratic ticket for a California senate seat, as one of Johnny's platform policies is to lower the voting age to eighteen. Johnny happily accepts that endorsement because of Max's power over young people, whose votes ... Written by Huggo

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This is the story of Max Frost, 24 years old...President of the United States...who created the world in his own image. To him, 30 is over the hill. 52% of the nation is under 25...and they've got the power. That's how he became President...it's perhaps the most unusual motion picture you will ever see! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day it Happened, Baby See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Pathecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Max Frost (Christopher Jones) asks Billy Cage (Kevin Coughlin) how long he thinks he is going to live and he replies, "Thirty, man." Coughlin was killed in a hit-and-run accident on January 19, 1976, only five weeks after his 30th birthday. See more »

Goofs

When Max blows up the car, he places the explosives on the front seat. However, the initial explosion occurs in the car's trunk. One can also see that the car's driver's door had been rigged to just fall off. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Daphne Flatow: I don't want to have a baby. I never wanted a baby. My mother said, I'm gonna die if I have a baby.
Max Jacob Flatow, Sr.: Come on, please, come to bed.
Mrs. Daphne Flatow: No!
Max Jacob Flatow, Sr.: I won't do anything! I promise you. I won't do a thing.
Mrs. Daphne Flatow: If it's a boy, I'll die. I'll just die.
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Featured in The Andrew Klavan Show: Scandal in Coward County (2018) See more »

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Wild In the Streets
Written by Les Baxter and Guy Hemric
Performed by Jerry Howard
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Not great, but a slice of the 60's-as-we-wish-they-were
13 December 2005 | by Sperry23See all my reviews

Max Frost and his band want to run the country and with the help of their friends and some pharmacology, they take over the political structure of the USA. It's a reasonably well made cautionary tale of the late 60's. It briefly became a cult favorite and was said to have prompted then-mayor of Chicago, Richard Daily, to put guards around the city's water supply just prior to, and during the 1968 Democratic National Convention to prevent anarchists from "dosing" the water with psychedelics.

The storyline is fairly slick for the time; how do a bunch of don't-trust-anyone-over-30 kids take over the country? There's a little romance, a little angst, a little rock music, and a lot of scenery-chewing and overacting by the "Major Stars" including Shelly Winters and Ed Begley. Hal Holbrook was able to keep it toned down.

This was also one of the first major films the late Richard Prior appeared in. The other being Sid Cesar's "The Busy Body", released the same year.

The psychedelic aspects of "Wild in the Streets" make it a great film to pair with Peter Fonda's "The Trip" for a 60's double feature flashback fest. Enjoy and never trust anyone under 30. heh.


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