Wild in the Country

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Rock 'n roll king Elvis Presley stars as Glenn Talbot, a country boy with a problem temper and a yen for literary greatness in this typical Presley vehicle directed by Philip Dunne. After Glenn is sent packing by his father for mixing it up one too many times with his brother, the court makes him a ward of his uncle. His inner turmoil leads him into therapy with the older and very attractive Irene Hope Lange, a patient-doctor relationship that is misconstrued by their small town. The two spend a platonic night in...
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Rock 'n roll king Elvis Presley stars as Glenn Talbot, a country boy with a problem temper and a yen for literary greatness in this typical Presley vehicle directed by Philip Dunne. After Glenn is sent packing by his father for mixing it up one too many times with his brother, the court makes him a ward of his uncle. His inner turmoil leads him into therapy with the older and very attractive Irene Hope Lange, a patient-doctor relationship that is misconstrued by their small town. The two spend a platonic night in the same room in a motel, but no one is believing it was innocent. Glenn's romantic interests include Noreen Tuesday Weld, with whom he shares a drink or two or more, and a song, and Betty Lee Millie Perkins. Between the singing and carousing and fist fights, it still looks like a happy resolution looms large on the horizon.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Wild in the Country may not be Elvis Presley's best film, but it's arguably his most serious -- as well as the film that most tested his acting ability. As the screenplay is by Clifford Odets, this is understandable, but the mixture of Odets and Presley doesn't combine productively. Presumably, Odets (or some uncredited writers) adapted an earlier work to better suit the talents of the star, but the result has too much Odets to work as a Presley vehicle and too much Elvis to be the serious "issue" picture that it tries to be. Neither fish nor fowl, Wild is ultimately unsatisfying, but it does have some strengths. While an actor with the intensity of a James Dean or Marlon Brando would have been more welcome in the lead role, Presley comes off better than might be expected. He doesn't embarrass himself and some scenes are nicely done; he just doesn't have the chops necessary to make the part really work. Tuesday Weld does very well, demonstrating once again that she is a talented and often surprising actress who has rarely been given the chance to show what she is really capable of, and Hope Lange comes off nicely, especially during the motel sequence. There are some small stretches of flavorful Odets dialogue, although these are offset by some unfortunate arid stretches -- and by some hard-to-take plot developments. Indeed, the last portion of the film becomes unbearably melodramatic and never recovers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • UPC: 024543050988
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Glenn Tyler
Hope Lange Irene Sperry
Tuesday Weld Noreen
Millie Perkins Betty Lee Parsons
John Ireland Phil Macy
Rafer Johnson Davis
Gary Lockwood Cliff Macy
William Mims Uncle Rolfe
Raymond Greenleaf Dr. Underwood
Christina Crawford Monica George
Robin Raymond Flossie
Doreen Lang Mrs. Parsons
Charles Arnt Mr. Parsons
Ruby Goodwin Sarah
Alan Napier Prof. Joe B. Larson
Harry Shannon Sam Tyler
Harry Carter Bartender
Will Cory Willie Dace
Jason Robards Sr. Judge Parker
Technical Credits
Philip Dunne Director
Preston Ames Art Director
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Kenyon Hopkins Score Composer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Clifford Odets Screenwriter
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Jerry Wald Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2001

    If you love Elvis, you've got to see this movie!!

    Your review: Wild in the Country is an Elvis movie you don't want to miss, and it is one of my 3 favorite Elvis movies(Jailhouse Rock and It Happened at the World's Fair being the other 2). It has Elvis in a serious role and thankfully he sings only 2 songs (which in my opinion did not need to be in the movie, though ''I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell'' is a catchy little tune.)so we get to see him ACTING instead of just singing to people. The script seems a bit weak and not as completely developed as it could have been. If it had been better written, this would have been a superb movie. But even as is, it is very, very well done. It is a story of a young man named Glenn Tyler in a very soap-opera like setting. The best description I have read about Wild in the Country comes from W.A.Harbinson's book, The Illustrated Elvis, where he writes, ''...it has Elvis as a young man with a personal history of violence and a latent talent(if not genius) for writing. Included in this steamy saga of small-town galavantings is a love-stricken psychiarist, a drunken uncle, a sex-crazy cousin, a sadistic father, a virginal lover, one near murder, one near suicide, and numerous other entertaining subplots -quite a peppery stew''. Elvis portrays a whole spectrum of emotions in this film. You see him angry, rebellious, hurt, moody, drunk, caring, romantic...He plays all these roles beautifully and believably. It has Elvis with 3 different women, but he seems to fit best with Hope Lange, who plays the part of his psychiatrist, and whom he later falls in love with. My favorite scenes in the movie are: #1 When he gets drunk with his cousin Noreen on some of the ''medicinal elixir'' which he himself makes as an employee of his uncle's small home-based elixir business. He and Noreen drive to Mrs. Sperry's home(she's the psychiatrist, and by the way, her husband is dead)and are a pair of very entertaining drunks. Elvis is hilarious! Yet in this scene we see the first signs of love blooming between them. In his little drunken monologue, he makes the statement, ''...you don't give a damn about me anyway''. Up to this point, Mrs. Sperry and her negro servant have been watching Elvis through a window, and Mrs. Sperry was grinning at Glenn's silly carryings-on. But when she hears these words come from Glenn, her smile fades and we can see in her face that she really does care about him. Favorite scene #2: The scene where he and Mrs. Sperry ( and he always calls her Mrs. Sperry and very often ''ma'am'', in typical southern respectability of the time) are driving home from the college and come into a rainstorm and she nearly loses control of the car on the wet road. Of course Glenn takes the wheel and keeps them from danger, and they decide to stop and wait for the storm to pass. They end up at a little motel, and decide to take rooms for the night,and continue on home the next morning.This is a very romantic moment, for we see Elvis playing a very caring and loving man, very much a gentleman. Neither can sleep, thinking about each other. This is the best love scene I have seen Elvis in; it isn't light and foolish, it isn't meaningless or just physical. Here for the first time he calls her Irene, and you can tell Glenn really loves and cares for her. It is just a beautiful and sweet scene, yet very sad, as when Glenn leaves when asked to by Irene, we see her alone and crying. I should mention there was a 3rd song in this movie- before the storm came, Glenn and Mrs. Sperry are singing together- some little folk song ditty. They are obviously enjoying it and having a good time. This song FIT in this movie. It was REAL, something real people would do. The movie gets complicated after the rainy night at the hotel. Glenn tries to call Irene several times, but Irene doesn't return the calls because she is afraid of loving him. She decides to run away from her real feelings for Glenn by going to an old friend who has been waiting in the wings for a long time now for

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2001

    Imma Imma gonna writewritewrite this review, Mrs Sperry-erry-erry.....

    This movie starts with Glenn Tyler (Elvis) trying to kill his brother Hank in the barn while their father looks on as casually as if this was an everyday occurrence. His brother throws a pitchfork at him, and Glenn breaks a milkstool over Hank's head, injuring him... There is a hearing after this fit of violence and Glenn is put under the care of his uncle who runs an elixir business. This uncle has a brasen daughter, Noreen, who has a baby, and he is determined to get Noreen and Glenn hitched up. Noreen is perpetually tight from the elixir, the uncle spends his nights at the bowling alleys and poker games, and Glenn divides his time among work, his girlfriend Betty Lee, and visits to Mrs Irene Sperry the psychologist. Irene finds out that Glenn has always loved writing but stopped because people laughed at his dreams of being a writer. So she asks him to write down the story of what happened at Hi-Tension Grove a few nights before (Glenn had had an argument/near fight with Cliff Macy, a rich young guy) and he does as she asks. She is amazed at his talent and wants to show it to a professor friend of hers at a college who might be able to get Glenn a scholarship. But he won't let her. He gets upset at the very idea of letting anyone else see it, and goes home to spend an evening being wild and crazy and drinking elixir with Noreen. They go to Irene's house (this one of the best scenes in the movie)... Glenn is drunk and so is Noreen, and he's yelling to Mrs Sperry to give his story back. He turns on the house and rattles out all kinds of nonsense while he hoses down the porch and the front windows. Irene and her housemaid Sara watch through the door, and Irene is amused at him until he turns away calling out, ''Ok, oh well, you don't give a damn about me anyway,'' and Noreen, who's been swaying and chattering right along with Glenn, kisses him. Irene suddenly knows that she does care - you can see it in her face. The next day, Irene takes him his story back. After that little confrontation he decides to rewrite it and type it up like she asked and let her show it to her friend at the college. He goes along with her and on the way back they get caught in a violent rainstorm, so they stop at a motel and get rooms until the rain stops... then the other sweet little scene in the movie, when Glenn tells Irene he's in love with her. After they get home, he tries to call her three times, but she refuses to talk to him. She loves him deeply too, but doesn't want him to know, doesn't want him to see. She agrees to marry Cliff Macy's father, who has been begging her to marry him for a long time now so he can divorce his wife. That evening Irene is expecting Mr Macy to come and celebrate the engagement, but Glenn gets to her house first. He talks with her, tries to find out whether she loves him, but she refuses to tell him that she does. Glenn takes her by the shoulders and begs her to answer him - and Mr Macy walks in. Seeing them together he begins to get ruffled and demands to know whether the rumours about Glenn and Irene spending a night together in a hotel were true. Glenn tells him the truth (that it is a lie), but Mr Macy won't believe him. He makes the mistake of telling Glenn that Irene has agreed to be his wife. Glenn looks daggers at Irene, and as he walks out he calls to Mr Macy, ''If I find your son and he comes home in a box, don't say I didn't warn you. Mrs Sperry, I'm never going to see you again.'' And he walks out. Irene runs to the porch, but Glenn has gone. She starts crying and tells Mr Macy that she does love Glenn. Meanwhile Glenn goes back to Noreen, and asks her to run away with him. On their trip out, Glenn stops at Hi-Tension Grove, violently knocks down Cliff and leaves before finding out that he has killed him. Not ten minutes pass before the police arrest him for manslaughter. At the hearing the next day, Mr Macy does all he can to cut down Glenn, determined to see him dead. Irene shows up and testifies th

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