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WILD THINGS

SYNOPSIS:
Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards), a seductive beauty from Blue Bayís upper crust with an acute sense of entitlement, accuses her guidance counselor at Blue Bay High School, Sam Lombardo (Matt Dillon) of rape. Days later, Suzie Toller (Neve Campbell), a social outsider hungry for privilege and payback, comes forward claiming Sam had previously raped her also. Reeling from the allegations, Sam consults Ken Bowden (Bill Murray), but the scandal has its tentacles wrapped around virtually everyone, from well to do attorney Tom Baxter (Robert Wagner), whose daughter Barbara is Samís current flame, to Ruby (Carrie Snodgress), proprietor of a local hangout. Further developments unfold under the watchful eyes of detectives Ray Duquette (Kevin Bacon) and Gloria Perez (Daphne Rubin-Vega), who uncover a tabloid-worthy conspiracy. Secrets mount and the story develops into a deliciously wicked maze of shocking twists, unexpected turns, insidious entanglements and double-crosses.

"Wild Things is a slick and dazzling thriller with as many twists and turns as ripples in the ocean. The settings are idyllic, the cast bold, beautiful, young and restless, the action torrid. While appearances may be glossy and glam, thereís an undercurrent of dirt that lurks just below the surface, that reveals itself like an odour on a windy day. The characters are diverse and colourful and thereís something more to everyone than meets the eye. The casting is rock solid, with Matt Dillon seductive as the guidance counsellor whose bedroom antics place him on Blue Bayís most desired list. The girls are sassy and compelling - they have good dentists in Hollywood - and Kevin Bacon engaging. Both Roberts (provocative, alluring) and Campbell (complex, vulnerable) are sensuous and beguiling. Watch for some delightful surprises: Bill Murray as the scene stealing, twisted attorney whose sense of ethics is delivered with panache, and class in the form of Theresa Russell, Carrie Snodgress and Robert Wagner. A thriller with top production values and skilled direction, thereís a standout soundtrack with subliminally haunting music and an underlay of tension throughout. Thereís not much difference between the characters and the crocodiles in the marsh, who know how far to taunt their prey. And just when you think youíve seen all the shades, textures and colours, thereís still more to surprise. Wild Things is a lusty, steamy thriller that flies on the rollercoaster of doubt, insincerity, ambition, greed, deception, lust and ego. Itís wild in every way."
Louise Keller

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WILD THINGS (MA)
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CAST: Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell, Theresa Russell, Denise Richards, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Robert Wagner, Bill Murray, Carrie Snodgress, Jeff Perry, Cory Pendergast, Marc Macaulay, Toi Svane

DIRECTOR: John Mc Naughton

PRODUCER: Rodney Liber, Steven A. Jones

SCRIPT: Stephen Peters

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jeffrey L. Kimball

EDITOR: Elena Maganini

MUSIC: George S. Clinton

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Edward T. McAvoy

RUNNING TIME: 108 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 14, 1998

VIDEO RELEASE: Sept 13, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Entertainment

RRP: $24.95







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