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Directed By
Barry Shear

Written By:
Robert Thom

Christopher Jones, Shelley Winters, Hal Holbrook, Richard Pryor, Diane Varsi, Millie Perkins, Ed Begley Sr., Barry Williams, Dick Clark

Wild in the Streets (1968)
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Movie Review by Derringer
February 28th, 2010


Reductio Ad Absurdum.

This dated, 60's 'What If?' Flick may be utterly ridiculous at times, but, nonetheless, it is somewhat enjoyable to watch on a totally non-thinking level.

US Rock Singer and multi-millionaire, Max Frost, becomes such an overwhelming influence and voice for the youth of the day that he enters into politics and becomes the most insufferable, hedonistic leader that the world has ever had to tolerate.

Frost naturally runs for US President and wins. He actually manages to swing the vote in Washington by spiking the water supply with LSD.

With Frost as Prez he immediately lowers the age of voting to 14 and 30 becomes the mandatory age for retirement. Anyone 35, or over, is rounded up like cattle and sent to 're-education' camps where they are permanently stoned on LSD.

Frost inevitably disbands the FBI and the Secret Service, while at the same time he puts computers and his loyal prodigies in charge of the Gross National Product.

If this all sounds like a world in utter chaos, well, that's 'cause it is. Whoever said that the 'so-called' enlightened 60's Generation knew what they were talking about?

Released in 1968 - WILD IN THE STREETS is a 'daydream' movie that was considered awesome, hip, groovy at the time of its release. It seems to have gathered itself a bit of a cult following over these many years.

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