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Something Wild (1961)




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In this film, a young woman walks home through a deserted Brooklyn park one night and is brutally raped. This dark, strange drama chronicles the ways in which the traumatized young woman tries to cope.


Carroll Baker
as Mary Ann Robinson
Mildred Dunnock
as Mrs. Gates
Charles Watts
as Warren Gates
Jean Stapleton
as Shirley Johnson
Ken Chapin
as Manager of 5 & 10
Clifton James
as Det. Bogarde
George L. Smith
as Policeman
Warren Hay Lyons
as College Student
Duke Howard
as Young Boy
George Smith
as Policeman
Tanya Lopert
as Girl in 5 & 10
Peg Shirley
as Girl in 5 & 10
Virginia Baker
as Girl in 5 & 10
Doris Roberts
as Girl in 5 & 10
Anita Cooper
as Girl in 5 & 10
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

The movie's uneasy blend of symbolism and naturalism might have worked better onstage.

December 29, 2006

Something Wild ultimately comes off as incomplete and, perhaps even misogynistic and mean-spirited.

May 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

... a character drama about two damaged people unable to articulate or communicate their feelings to others, which puts the focus on the physical performance: gestures, expressions, body language, the unexpected reaction to situations.

March 10, 2017 | Full Review…

a daring and provocative look at identity, violence, and the need for human connection

January 17, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

An urban fairy tale oddity.

May 12, 2009 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

An obscure blast from the past, Something Wild is a narrative precursor to Roman Polanski's Repulsion.

June 17, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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