Wild Thing

  • 1987
  • 1 HR 32 MIN
  • PG-13
  • Crime

A thoroughly uninvolving attempt to urbanize the Tarzan legend that plays as a corny cross between a comic-book tale and a television cop show. The film opens in 1969 as a hippie mother and father, innocent witnesses, are murdered by drug dealer Chopper (Robert Davi). Their three-year-old son escapes and is later found and raised by an ultracounterculture...read more

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A thoroughly uninvolving attempt to urbanize the Tarzan legend that plays as a corny cross between a comic-book tale and a television cop show. The film opens in 1969 as a hippie mother and father, innocent witnesses, are murdered by drug dealer Chopper (Robert Davi). Their three-year-old

son escapes and is later found and raised by an ultracounterculture bag lady (Betty Buckley). Eventually the young hippie grows up into a local legend called "Wild Thing" (Rob Knepper). He's a cross between Robin Hood and Spiderman, sneaking around by night, swinging down to the street from the

roofs of tenement buildings to give drunken bums and destitute children unexpected dinners. Enter Jane (Kathleen Quinlan), a well-groomed social worker, who is immediately accosted by a couple of thugs who work for Chopper, the drug dealer and murderer. WILD THING held the promise of being an

interesting synthesis of the nature-loving, free-spirited attitude of the 1960s and the desensitized, corrupt ways of the urban ghetto of the 1980s. However, it is a gross misfire. Instead of addressing any of these issues, it simply settles for standard action fare. This time out the fault rests

clearly with the empty script and the spotty direction by first-timer Max Reid.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: A thoroughly uninvolving attempt to urbanize the Tarzan legend that plays as a corny cross between a comic-book tale and a television cop show. The film opens in 1969 as a hippie mother and father, innocent witnesses, are murdered by drug dealer Chopper (R… (more)

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