Wild Things

Wild Things

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Director: John McNaughton

Cast: John McNaughton, Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell

     
 

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This thriller takes place in Blue Bay, Florida, where social-climbing guidance counselor Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon) is indifferent to teen-socialite Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards), who retaliates by accusing him of rape, an accusation that leads to his suspension by the school and a rejection from the country club. He can't afford a big attorney, so he hires shrewd… See more details below

Overview

This thriller takes place in Blue Bay, Florida, where social-climbing guidance counselor Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon) is indifferent to teen-socialite Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards), who retaliates by accusing him of rape, an accusation that leads to his suspension by the school and a rejection from the country club. He can't afford a big attorney, so he hires shrewd Ken Bowden (Bill Murray), while Kelly's mom, Sandra Van Ryan (Theresa Russell), Sam's former lover, gets a platoon of top lawyers. Trailer-trash Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell) backs up Kelly's claim and additional plot twists and turns develop. The seldom-seen Carrie Snodgrass (Diary of a Mad Housewife) has a supporting role in this film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
As trashy as they come, and just about as irresistible, John McNaughton's steamy Florida noir would be downright laughable if its professionalism and stamp of authorship was not in evidence in every gorgeous frame. Stunningly photographed by Jeffrey L. Kimball, Wild Things tweaks the sensibilities in such a way that it almost seems old-fashioned. It delights in throwing twists and turns at the viewer, and surprisingly, virtually all of them are convincing and satisfying. The cast is wonderfully game here, with Matt Dillon and Neve Campbell effectively cast against type, and the inclusion of Bill Murray only points to the film's delirious tongue-in-cheek nature. Wild Things can honestly be called one of the '90s true neo-noirs, as it employs all of its conventions (double-crossing, femme fatales, etc.), but with a refreshing sense of irony. Though the film didn't do bang-up business at the box office, it has developed a well-deserved cult of fans who have discovered its snaky pleasures, such as its overt sexiness and a willingness to bend the rules and give the viewer a really good time.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2007
UPC:
0043396208704
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
14,319

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Bacon Ray Duquette
Matt Dillon Sam Lombardo
Neve Campbell Suzie Toller
Theresa Russell Sandra Van Ryan
Denise Richards Kelly Van Ryan
Daphne Rubin-Vega Gloria Perez
Bill Murray Ken Bowden
Robert Wagner Tom Baxter
Carrie Snodgress Ruby
Cory Pendergast Jimmy Leach
Marc Macaulay Walter
Toi Svane Nicole
Jeff Perry Bryce Hunter

Technical Credits
John McNaughton Director
Kevin Bacon Executive Producer
John Brace Casting
William A. Cimino Set Decoration/Design
George S. Clinton Score Composer
Peter Devlin Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce Franklin Asst. Director
William Hiney Art Director
Steven Anthony Jones Producer
Steven A. Jones Producer
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Rodney Liber Producer
Linda Lowry Casting
Elena Maganini Editor
Edward Mcavoy Production Designer
Stephen Peters Screenwriter
Kimberly A. Tillman Costumes/Costume Designer
John R. Woodward Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wild Things
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16

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