Walk on the Wild Side (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

Walk on the Wild Side (1962)





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This moody and controversial drama takes place in Depression-era New Orleans. Dove (Laurence Harvey) has traveled by bus from Texas to find his wayward lover Hallie (Capucine). He meets young Kitty Twist (Jane Fonda) as the two get off in the crescent city. Teresina (Anne Baxter) gives him a job at her small cafe. In his free time, Dove searches for Hallie and finds her at work as a prostitute in the Doll's House. Dove implores Hallie to return to him but she refuses. When the lecherous lesbian madame Jo (Barbara Stanwyck) discovers Dove's intentions towards Hallie, she has him beaten to a bloody pulp by her hired goons. He is found by Kitty, now a happy hooker at the Doll House, and is taken back to the cafe where the compassionate Teresina heals his physical and emotional wounds. The film taken from the novel by Nelson Algren is much tamer than the original text. The title track, sung by Brook Benton, was nominated for an Academy Award. The "black-cat stalking" opening and closing sequences (by designer Saul Bass) is a perfect little "film-within-a-film." This footage, with its superb lighting, framing, panning, and editing, should be appreciated by anyone who wants to know more about the art of cinematography.
Classics , Drama
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Columbia Pictures


Laurence Harvey
as Dove Linkhorn
as Hallie Gerard
Jane Fonda
as Kitty Twist
Barbara Stanwyck
as Jo Courtney
Anne Baxter
as Teresina Vidarverri
Joanna Cook Moore
as Miss Precious
Richard Rust
as Oliver
Karl Swenson
as Schmidt
John Anderson
as Preacher
Ken Lynch
as Frank Bonito
Todd Armstrong
as Lt. Omar Stroud
Lillian Bronson
as Amy Gerard
Adrienne Marden
as Eva Gerard
John Bryant
as Spence
Kathryn Card
as Landlady
Steve Benton
as Van Driver
Marl Young
as Piano Player
Ted Jacques
as Sheriff
Joni Morris
as Little Girl
Paul Maxey
as Auctioneer
Cordy Clark
as Fat Woman
Ray Walker
as Salesman
Bill Walker
as Black Man
Todd Anderson
as Lieutenant Omar Stroud
Edward Mallory
as Sidekick
Chester Jones
as Black Waiter
Crahan Denton
as Bit Part
Willard Waterman
as Bit Part
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Critic Reviews for Walk on the Wild Side

All Critics (4)

Sleazy atmosphere prevails with Fonda and Capucine as brothel babes.

March 8, 2008

This lurid, intense drams is pseudo Tennessee Williams, about a Texas drifer and desperate women in his life, but it shows Stanwyck as a lesbian (one of Hollywood's first) and signs of Jane Fonda's talent

Full Review… | June 29, 2007

best known for that marvelous opening credit sequence created by Saul Bass.

Full Review… | August 2, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Tame by today's standards, but the Saul Bass title sequnce can't be beat.

Full Review… | February 12, 2005

Audience Reviews for Walk on the Wild Side

This lurid, intense drams is pseudo Tennessee Williams, about a Texas drifer and desperate women in his life, but it shows Stanwyck as a lesbian (one of Hollywood's first) and signs of Jane Fonda's talent

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Great cast, intricate storyline, and beautifully shot on location in New Orleans. Had a definite "All About Eve" feel to it right down to Anne Baxter's excellent performance.

Eric Jenkins
Eric Jenkins

Lawrence Harvey plays a good-natured gentleman idiot hayseed looking for his ex in 30s New Orleans only to find out she became a whore. Harvey's accent is kind of forced, Capucine as usual relies too much on her looks and Barbara Stanwyck plays her later era typical brassy old broad role--with the exception of her character being gay. The only standout is a young Jane Fonda who was as every bit good as she was foxy. Although she's got maybe 20 minutes of screen time Walk on the Wild Side is totally worth it for her.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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