Wild in the Country

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Released 1961

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Director:
Philip Dunne
Released:
1961
Rating:
PG

Wild in the Country stars Elvis Presley as a troubled country boy with an incredible gift for writing. The film opens with Glenn Tyler (Elvis Presley) knocking out his brother (Red West) in an angry barnyard fist fight. After a juvenile court hearing, the parole board releases Glenn into the custody of his uncle Rolfe Braxton (William Mims). With Irene Sperry (Hope Lange) as his court-appointed psychological counselor, Glenn realizes he is at the crossroads of his life. His cousin Noreen (Tuesday Weld) pulls him towards a carefree existence, encouraging him to stick with his own kind. However, Glenn's sweetheart, Betty Lee (Millie Perkins), urges him to think about his future, leave their small town and enroll in college. Meanwhile, Irene, a widow, recognizes Glenn's raw literary talents. Glenn soon falls for this older woman, and rumors of their affair cause a stir in their rural community. This 1961 drama goes light on the musical numbers with Elvis only singing the title track and a few acoustic ballads.

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Drama

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Classics, Love & Romance