Wild in the Streets (1968)


Wild in the Streets is a 1968 film directed by Barry Shear and featuring Christopher Jones, Hal Holbrook, and Shelley Winters. It was produced by American International Pictures and based on a short story by writer Robert Thom. The movie, described as both “ludicrous” and “cautionary,” was nominated for an Academy Award (for best film editing) and became a cult classic of the counterculture era.

Its story-line was a projection of contemporary issues of the time, taken to extremes, and played poignantly during 1968 —an election year with many controversies (the Vietnam War, the draft, civil rights, the population explosion, rioting and assassinations, and the baby boomer generation coming of age).

The movie features cameos from several media personalities, including Melvin Belli, Dick Clark, Pamela Mason, Army Archerd, and Walter Winchell. Millie Perkins and Ed Begley have supporting roles, and Bobby Sherman interviews Max as president. In a pre-Brady Bunch role, Barry Williams plays the teen-aged Max Frost at the beginning of the movie.

Featured Articles:
The Exploitation Film as History: Wild in the Streets |Literature Film Quarterly
Wild in the Streets (1968) | TCM
Fourteen or Fight! WILD IN THE STREETS (1968) | Acidemic
14 Or Shop | Video Watchdog
Course File for “Film Genres and the Image of Youth” | Journal of Film and Video

Featured Reviews:
Wild in the Streets | GCDb
Going ‘Wild in the Streets’: Going “Wild” By RENATA ADLER | New York Times
A Teen Take-over of U.S. in New Film: Teen Take-over in ‘Wild in Streets’ | Los Angeles Times
‘Wild in the Streets’ Hits Potholes | Chicago Tribune
Wild in the Streets | Variety
Wild in the Streets | Blu-ray.com
Wild in the Streets Movie Review (1968) | Roger Ebert
Screen: Blunt Philosophy With Dual Exhausts and a Clear Logic:Singer Runs Country in ‘Wild in the Streets’ Double Bill of Horror Is at New Amsterdam | New York Times
Are You Over 35? ‘Wild in the Streets’ Should Scare You | New York Times
PCA Retro Review: Wild in the Streets (1968)
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