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
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Elvis Presley
as Glenn Tyler
Hope Lange
as Irene Sperry
Tuesday Weld
as Noreen Braxton
Millie Perkins
as Betty Lee Parsons
John Ireland
as Phil Macy
Gary Lockwood
as Cliff Macy
William Mims
as Uncle Rolfe
Raymond Greenleaf
as Dr. Underwood
Christina Crawford
as Monica George
Robin Raymond
as Flossie
Doreen Lang
as Mrs. Parsons
Charles Arnt
as Mr. Parsons
Will Corry
as Willie Dace
Alan Napier
as Prof. Larson
Jason Robards Sr.
as Judge Parker
Harry Carter
as Bartender
Harry Shannon
as Sam Tyler
Bob 'Red' West
as Hank Tyler
Will Cory
as Willie Dace
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Critic Reviews for Wild in the Country

All Critics (8)

Presley holds nothing back with his untamed performance

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)

A script that looked good on paper but when it came time to produce it, things came apart more than they came together.

December 31, 2002
Apollo Guide

"That the picture doesn't yield to convention in the final minutes--where it counts--won me over."

Full Review… | August 17, 2002
Film Freak Central

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June 27, 2005

Audience Reviews for Wild in the Country

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.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

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
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I'm sorry but I have to say I'm hoping that it was his second cousin in the film cuz otherwise EWW! I get that it was based off a novel, but still, gross. The acting wasn't half bad but the story line wasn't somethign that everyone could get into.

Sarah Helwig
Sarah Helwig

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