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Wild Things (1998)

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A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.

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John McNaughton

Writer:

Stephen Peters
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Ray Duquette
Matt Dillon ... Sam Lombardo
Neve Campbell ... Suzie Toller
Theresa Russell ... Sandra Van Ryan
Denise Richards ... Kelly Van Ryan
Daphne Rubin-Vega ... Gloria Perez
Robert Wagner ... Tom Baxter
Bill Murray ... Ken Bowden
Carrie Snodgress ... Ruby
Jeff Perry ... Bryce Hunter
Cory Pendergast ... Jimmy Leach
Marc Macaulay ... Walter
Toi Svane Stepp Toi Svane Stepp ... Nicole (as Toi Svane)
Dennis Neal ... Art Maddox
Diane Adams Diane Adams ... School Secretary
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Storyline

In south Florida, a high school counselor is accused of rape by a manipulative rich girl and her trailer trash classmate. The cop on the case begins to suspect a conspiracy and dives into an elaborate and devious web of greed and betrayal to find the truth. Written by J.J. Jackson

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They're dying to play with you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex Crimes See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,622,444, 22 March 1998

Gross USA:

$30,147,739

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,147,739
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mandalay Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kevin Bacon says in an interview that he and the other cast members had trouble keeping track of the lies and twists on the script. "To determine their motivation in each scene, the cast had to gather with the director, writers, and producers to establish the sequence of events," Bacon said. "We'd sit in rehearsals trying to piece together what was going on in the script, whom we were lying to about what, and it'd just get so complicated we'd have to stop and rest." See more »

Goofs

When Sam Lombardo drives away from the bar and gets punched by Frankie Condo he passes the same part of the night-road twice in different directions. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kelly Van Ryan: Fuck off!
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Crazy Credits

Interspersed with the credits are additional scenes that explain some of the plot twists. See more »

Alternate Versions

On 20 April 2004 an Unrated Edition of Wild Things was released on DVD and includes the following additions and extensions:
  • Over the opening shots of the school is inter-cut images of girls moving(dully lit and hard to make out)
  • Extended opening, Duquette and Perez talk about Suzie being locked up for 6 months and Lombardo being a sex hound
  • Extended threesome between Suzie, Lombardo, and Kelly
  • Extended pool scene of Suzie and Kelly making love
  • Duquette is caught spying on Kelly and she sprays him with a hose
  • Bowden and Baxter have lunch at a Mexican restaurant
  • Alternate and extended dialogue is placed through out the movie
  • Alternate Ending - Suzie's Grandmother Ruby takes Det. Perez on a tour of Suzie's home, she shows her a family album and reveals that she is not Suzie's real grandmother but that she raised her as her own. In an odd twist of events, Ruby reveals that old man Van Ryan (Kelly's grandfather) had once gotten a young girl pregnant. He brought her to the glades to live in the trailer park, where she gave birth and died within a year from alcoholism. Ruby then took Suzie in her home shortly afterwards. Ruby then tells Det. Perez that Sandra Van Ryan (Theresa Russell) is Suzie's half-sister, so Suzie had technically been having sex with her own niece Kelly (Denise Richards). (This is all added before Det. Perez goes to talk to Walter).
  • Two added graphic scenes to the revealing ending - 1 Kelly comes to see Lombardo at the bar and gives him some cocaine to try, she is dressed very sexy in red and they end up fooling around (when Suzie takes the pictures of them together). 2 Then Lombardo is seen making love to Kelly from behind (after the car wash; in this particular scene, Lombardo is seen groping Kelly's right breast) as she repeats the line "No little girl is gonna make me..."
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Referenced in Hit by Lightning (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want What I Want
Written by Lauren Christy and Charlie Midnight
Performed by Lauren Christy
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Music
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User Reviews

 
Everybody's right!
15 April 2008 | by neil-476See all my reviews

Yes, it's lurid. Yes, it's trashy. Yes, it doesn't stand up to close scrutiny. And yes, if you're the sort of person who specialises in spotting plot twists, then you're probably going to do well here.

But if you haven't seen this film before, and you're prepared for something a bit on the lurid and trashy side, and you can manage to steer clear of the many spoilers among the reviews here, then you just might find that Wild Things is a fun ride.

Because there are, it's true, a number of twists and turns, and not everyone sees them coming. And if you aren't a twist-spotter, but you enjoy movies with twists, then you are going to enjoy this one.

I thought it was great fun. And, let's be fair, who's watching Denise Richards' acting?


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