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Walk on the Wild Side back to product details

"Wild" Side? Ummm... maybe not.
written by talltale June 27, 2005 - 8:43 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
An artifact of the silly 60s, WALK ON THE WILD SIDE--with its first-rate cast, glossy black-and-white photography and foolishly whitewashed version of Nelson Algren's original book--won't exactly bore you, but if you're old enough to recall the original release of this film, you'll gaze in wonderment as to what the fuss was all about. Ah, well: Yesterday's "shocks" are all too often today's "camp."

Back then, Hollywood hadn't the guts even to use the words "brothel" or "prostitute," and the fact that the Laurence Harvey character is so clueless as to how his "true love" earns her living is quite the howler here. Still, any movie that boasts Barabara Stanwyck, Capucine (as gorgeous and wooden as she's ever been), Anne Baxter (doing a nifty Mexican accent) and early Jane Fonda is worth a watch. And--as everyone from critics to audiences pointed out at the time--the black cat that stalks through the opening and closing credits (by Saul Bass, no less!) is still the high point of the film.


(Average 6.17)
29 Votes
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