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Wild Life, The (1984)

This tale of teenage post-high-school hi-jinks in a singles apartment complex in the LA suburbs was written by Cameron Crowe before he made his directorial debut with Say Anything (1989).

Bill Conrad (Eric Stoltz) is graduating from high school and moves into an apartment after breaking up with his girlfriend Anita (Lea Thompson) who is now having a fling with married cop David Curtiss (Hart Bochner).

Bill works with friend Tom Drake (Chris Penn) at the bowling alley. Tom’s girlfriend Eileen (Jenny Wright) is best friends with Anita.

Bill’s brother Jim (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) is obsessed with the Vietnam war and likes blowing stuff up.

Often compared to the also Crowe-written Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) some have even called it a pseudo-sequel, although it isn’t officially that.

A jukebox soundtrack includes Prince, Madonna, Little Richard, Van Halen, Billy Idol, Steppenwolf, Jimi Hendrix and many others.

Kitten Natividad has a brief appearance as a stripper. Nancy Wilson from the rock group Heart (Cameron Crowe’s wife) appears as the wife of the character David the cop. Ronnie Wood from The Rolling Stones can be seen raiding the refrigerator during the party scene.

Tom Drake
Chris Penn
Bill Conrad
Eric Stoltz
Jim Conrad
Ilan Mitchell-Smith
Eileen
Jenny Wright
Anita
Lea Thompson
Tony
Brin Berliner
Harry
Rick Moranis
David Curtiss
Hart Bochner
Donna
Susan Rinell
Julie
Cari Anne Warder
Craig Davis
Robert Ridgely
Mr Parker
Jack Kehoe
Brenda
Simone White
Robin
Beth McKinley
Vince
Michael Bowen
Benny
Ángel Salazar
Charlie
Randy Quaid
Eddie
Dick Rude
Reggie
Reginald Farmer
Penny Harlin
Sherilyn Fenn
Tom’s Dad
Leo Penn
Mrs Conrad
Hildy Brooks
Louie
Rande Worcester
David’s Wife
Nancy Wilson
Ricky
Michael H. Stein

Director
Art Linson