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 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 Cory Pendergast ... Jimmy Leach
Marc Macaulay ... Walter
Toi Svane Stepp ... Nicole (as Toi Svane)
Dennis Neal ... Art Maddox
Diane Adams Diane Adams ... School Secretary
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Having recently been named educator of the year, Sam Lombardo is the well-liked guidance counselor and sailing instructor at Blue Bay High School on the Florida coast just outside Miami. The student body of the school is largely comprised of the offspring of the country club set, and while he helps any student he can, he especially tries to mentor those who are disadvantaged, such as Jimmy Leach who would not have been able to afford being in the sailing program otherwise, and tough Suzie Toller, a proverbial swamp girl who he's helped through a few scrapes with the law in the absence of any parents, Suzie living with her streetwise grandmother Ruby at an alligator sideshow zoo. Although not socioeconomically part of that country club set himself, he nonetheless has ingratiated himself within it, he having slept with a good number of the country club maidens, he currently settled into a relationship with Barbara Baxter, the well-off daughter of high powered lawyer Tom Baxter. Sam's ... Written by Huggo

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Sie sind jung, Sie sind sexy, Sie sind morderisch. (You're young, you're sexy, you're murderous) (German release) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Director John McNaughton says he deleted a scene that would have shown Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon showering together, as it was gratuitous. See more »

Goofs

Sam writes the words "Sex Crimes" on the chalkboard, but the next shot has it written in smaller letters. The number of underlines also changes. Actually there are four different layouts of this text between cuts. 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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References Scream (1996) 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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A well fitting puzzle
14 January 2006 | by dirtbrownSee all my reviews

Much has been said about the sexual content of this movie for which I can only say it was nice to get such mice views, clothed and unclothed of Denise Richards. But overall the sexuality of this film is moderate at best.

Why i really liked it is because all of the twists in the plots actually come together. At the end of the film, integrated with the end credits, are previously unseen events that kept the full tale slightly hidden from the viewer. By inserting them at the end, the full story was told without inhibiting the ride. If you missed the hints and clues along the way, u can see what you failed to figure out.

Certainly this is not a tale that fails to stretch credibility, but its is a film for amusement. But unlike so many, the mystery is solvable and does not rely on contrivances created at the end to make you feel stupid. If you miss them you are not stupid, but if foresee any of the conclusion, and the can be foreseen, hats off to you.


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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:

$30,163,576
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mandalay Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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