An often chilling political science fiction drama, with comedy, the production considers the takeover of American government by the preponderant younger population. Good writing and direction enhance the impact of a diversified cast headed by Shelley Winters.

An often chilling political science fiction drama, with comedy, the production considers the takeover of American government by the preponderant younger population. Good writing and direction enhance the impact of a diversified cast headed by Shelley Winters.

Christopher Jones plays a rock ‘n’ roll hero who, as a result of a request from would-be US Senator Hal Holbrook, exceeds the bounds of electioneering help by mobilizing teenagers into legalized voters.

Winters plays his sleazy, selfish mother, whose purported emasculation of dad Bert Freed years before cued Jones’ running away from home.

Holbrook projects perfectly the bright young politico who exploits the young crowd, only to be turned on by those whose help he seeks.

Actual footage from real-life demonstrations was shot for pic, some of it matched quite well with internal drama. What comes off as a partial documentary flavor makes for a good artistic complement to the not-so-fictional hypothesis, the logical result of an over-accent on youth.

1968: Nomination: Best Editing

Wild in the Streets

Production

American International. Director Barry Shear; Producer Burt Topper; Screenplay Robert Thom; Camera Richard Moore; Editor Fred Feitshans, Eve Newman; Music Les Baxter

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Shelley Winters Christopher Jones Diane Varsi Ed Begley Hal Halbrook Millie Perkins
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