Wild in the Country (1961)

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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: J.R. Salamanca, Clifford Odets
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 13, 2002


as Glenn Tyler

as Irene Sperry

as Noreen Braxton

as Betty Lee Parsons

as Phil Macy

as Cliff Macy

as Uncle Rolfe

as Dr. Underwood

as Monica George

as Mrs. Parsons

as Mr. Parsons

as Willie Dace

as Prof. Larson

as Bartender

as Sam Tyler

as Hank Tyler

as Willie Dace

as Judge Parker
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Critic Reviews for Wild in the Country

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Presley holds nothing back with his untamed performance

Full Review… | August 2, 2009

Pedestrian Presley vehicle w/forgettable songs, acting.

April 20, 2007

With its incestuous 'Peyton Place' plot, out-of-wedlock baby and Tennessee Williams hothouse atmosphere, this is Elvis's most adult movie...

August 11, 2003
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Wild in the Country


It's soap opera but so far above the usual junk Elvis was given to work with with costars, Hope Lange and Tuesday Weld, who can actually act that it seems entirely removed from them. Not his best film, that would be King Creole, but enjoyable.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

The most freudian Elvis film. Actually pretty enjoyable as the characters are decently well developed but it lags on too long and runs out of steam. Also the convoluted love triangles and overly obvious freudian attractions get cheesy. Nice weaving in of music though and really takes a lot of the best parts from previous Elvis films and incorporates them well.


A troubled young man discovers that he has a knack for writing when a counselor encourages him to pursue a literary career.

Rick M

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