The Wild Life (film)

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The Wild Life
The Wild Life film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Art Linson
Produced by Cameron Crowe
Art Linson
Written by Cameron Crowe
Starring Chris Penn
Lea Thompson
Ilan Mitchell-Smith
Jenny Wright
Eric Stoltz
Rick Moranis
Hart Bochner
Randy Quaid
Music by Edward Van Halen
Donn Landee
Cinematography James Glennon
Edited by Michael Jablow
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
September 28, 1984
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million
Box office $11,020,375

The Wild Life is a 1984 comedy-drama film, written by Cameron Crowe and directed by Art Linson. The film is only available on VHS and Laserdisc in pan and scan with stereo analog tracks. No DVD version has been released due to music rights issues. Eddie Van Halen and Donn Landee composed the film's score.

Plot summary[edit]

The plot revolves around the characters of three teenagers living in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Bill (Eric Stoltz), has just graduated from high school and got his first apartment. His younger brother Jim (Ilan Mitchell-Smith), spends a lot of time practicing with his Nunchakus, getting high, listening to heavy metal on his boombox, and hanging out with Vietnam vet Charlie (Randy Quaid). Other important characters include Tom (Christopher Penn), a hedonistic high-school wrestling champ who works with Bill at a bowling alley, a trendy department store manager named Harry (Rick Moranis), Anita (Lea Thompson) who works at a donut shop, and her friend Eileen (Jenny Wright) who works at the department store with Harry. Anita has a fling with a cop named David (Hart Bochner) who, unknown to Anita, is married. The three boys set out for a night of fun and craziness at a strip bar and later on have a party at Bill's apartment.


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