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Something Wild (1961)

Something Wild





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A young woman walks home through a deserted Brooklyn park one night and ends up brutally raped. This dark, strange drama chronicles the ways in which the traumatized young woman tries to cope. She cannot tell her mother and so moves out and gets an apartment near Harlem. She then begins working at a ramshackle store and tries to put the horror behind her by repressing it all. But it doesn't work. Finding no support from anyone, the girl spirals down into a deep depression and tries to kill herself. She is saved by a kindly garage mechanic who lets her move into his apartment with him. He seems to be just what she needs, and really helps. But one night he drinks too much and tries himself to rape her. She runs away, but a short time later she comes back and asks him to marry her. As the story comes to a close, the woman is seen calling her mother and announcing her pregnancy.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jack Garfein, Alex Karmel, Alex Karmel
In Theaters:
United Artists


Carroll Baker
as Mary Ann Robinson
Mildred Dunnock
as Mrs. Gates
Charles Watts
as Warren Gates
Jean Stapleton
as Shirley Johnson
Ken Chapin
as Manager of 5 & 10
Clifton James
as Det. Bogarde
George L. Smith
as Policeman
Warren Hay Lyons
as College Student
Duke Howard
as Young Boy
Tanya Lopert
as Girl in 5 & 10
George Smith
as Policeman
Peg Shirley
as Girl in 5 & 10
Virginia Baker
as Girl in 5 & 10
Doris Roberts
as Girl in 5 & 10
Anita Cooper
as Girl in 5 & 10
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Critic Reviews for Something Wild

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

The movie's uneasy blend of symbolism and naturalism might have worked better onstage.

Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

An urban fairy tale oddity.

Full Review… | May 12, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An obscure blast from the past, Something Wild is a narrative precursor to Roman Polanski's Repulsion.

Full Review… | June 17, 2007
Slant Magazine

The sordid psychodrama comes to a jaw-dropper of a conclusion that's oddly touching despite its outrageous proposal that marriage is the cure for post-traumatic shock syndrome.

Full Review… | January 4, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Something Wild


Great writing,
great cinematography,
one of the best dream sequences.
Classic American indie film.

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