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5.0 out of 5 stars Wild In The Country, 2 May 2007
H. Smith (England, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wild In The Country [DVD] (DVD)
Amazon's synopsis doesn't really do this film justice.

Out of the thirty three Elvis films, 'Wild In The Country' is my favourite. It is based on a novel by J R Salamanca and as such it is more serious than later films such as 'Blue Hawaii'. Elvis plays Glenn Tyler, a James Dean sort of character. Glenn finds himself in trouble with the law and talks to psychiatrist Irene Sperry (Hope Lange) as part of his rehabilitation. Soon, we see him in a different light. Glenn has two girls vying for his attention: 'bad girl' Noreen (Tuesday Weld) and 'good girl' Betty Lee (Millie Perkins). He tells his psychiatrist that there are two roads in front of him, so which will he choose? This has been described as 'perhaps the sexiest and most passionate of all Presley films' but it is also the most moving, and here's why.

There are two scenes in Wild in the Country that show Elvis at his finest as an actor. The first time Glenn meets his psychiatrist, he tells her about the death of his mother. It is impossible not to empathize with Glenn. Elvis is totally convincing but he would understand that sort of emotional suffering as Wild in the Country was made just three years after the death of his own mother. I imagine filming this scene brought back painful memories for Elvis, and that is why it is especially poignant.

There is another good scene towards the end of the film, when Glenn and his psychiatrist get stranded in a motel during a storm. This is a captivating performance from both Elvis and Hope Lange - she was, in my opinion, his best co-star. Elvis only sings three songs in this film and the fact that he isn't bursting into song every five minutes really helps the viewer to take him seriously as an actor.

If you want to show a friend that Elvis could act as well as sing, buy them a copy of 'Wild In The Country'.
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