Wild in the Country (1961)
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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. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Wild in the Country
Pedestrian Presley vehicle w/forgettable songs, acting.
With its incestuous 'Peyton Place' plot, out-of-wedlock baby and Tennessee Williams hothouse atmosphere, this is Elvis's most adult movie...
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.
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.
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