Wild Seed (film)

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Wild Seed
Wild Seed poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Brian G. Hutton
Produced by Marlon Brando
Albert S. Ruddy
Starring Michael Parks
Celia Kaye
Music by Richard Markowitz
Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
Edited by Hugh S. Fowler
Pennebaker Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • May 5, 1965 (1965-05-05) (United States)
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Wild Seed is a 1965 film directed by Brian G. Hutton. The movie was shot in black and white and featured two young actors, Michael Parks in his first role and Celia Kaye who was also a new upcoming actress.[1]


17-year-old Daphne Simms (Kaye) learns of her biological father from letters left by her deceased mother. She runs away from her New York home and adopted parents in search of her father in Los Angeles. Unaware of the dangers on the road she attempts to hitchhike but learns a valuable lesson early on. A seemingly nice middle-aged man offers her a ride then takes her into a deserted area where he tries to take advantage of her. She manages to escape but is left in the darkness in the middle of nowhere. She manages to find the main road and eventually reaches a gas station where she sits and plans her next move. It is here she meets Fargo (Parks). Initially wary of his attention they eventually spark up a conversation. Though it appears that Fargo’s intentions are to hustle her for money, she agrees to allow him to help her get to California. However, through run-ins with hobos and the police and a bout of illness while on their journey a close friendship is formed and they begin to have feelings for each other.

Upon arriving in L.A. Daphne finds her father but is left disappointed. Heading back to the hotel the two find Daphne’s parents awaiting her. They ask Daphne to accompany them back home, expressing forgiveness and a willingness to accept her new relationship with Fargo. Fargo refuses this request and leaves the hotel. However, as Fargo dejectedly watches the Simms’ bus pull off he hears Daphne’s voice calling him from behind and realizes that she has decided to stay with him. They walk off, hand in hand, into the night.



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