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Wild Thing is a 1987 film directed by Max Reid and starring Robert Knepper and Kathleen Quinlan. The screenplay was by John Sayles and the story by Larry Stamper. The film was distributed by the Atlantic Entertainment Group.

Wild Thing
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Directed byMax Reid
Produced byDavid Calloway
Nicolas Clermont
Written byJohn Sayles
StarringRobert Knepper
Kathleen Quinlan
Music byGeorge S. Clinton
CinematographyRené Verzier
Edited byBattle Davis
Steven Rosenblum
Distributed byAtlantic Entertainment Group
Release date
  • April 17, 1987 (1987-04-17)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box officeUS$84,000


When his parents are killed in a botched drug deal, a young boy is taken in by a bag lady who teaches him about the Blue Coats (Cops) and White Coats (Doctors). After her death he becomes an urban Tarzan defending innocents in a large city. He soon becomes an urban legend and champion of street justice, espousing a 1960s philosophy and coming to the aid of the helpless and oppressed. Jane (Kathleen Quinlan) is the concerned social worker who falls for the hero. Armed with a bow and arrow and makeshift equipment such as a grappling hook made from an old umbrella he and his cat sidekick set out to avenge his parents death when he finds the drug dealer that killed them. The song Wild Thing by the Troggs is played as a sort of theme music for this unlikely hero, played by Robert Knepper.


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