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The Wild Ride (1960)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 17 June 1960 (USA)
A rebellious punk of the beat generation spends his days as an amateur dirt track driver in between partying and troublemaking. He eventually kidnaps his buddy's girlfriend, kills a few ... See full summary »

Director:

Harvey Berman

Writers:

Marion Rothman (screenplay), Ann Porter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Nicholson ... Johnny Varron
Georgianna Carter Georgianna Carter ... Nancy
Robert Bean Robert Bean ... Dave
Carol Bigby Carol Bigby ... Joyce
John Bologni John Bologni ... Barny
Gary Espinosa Gary Espinosa ... Cliff
Judith Trezise Judith Trezise ... Ann
Wesley Marie Tackitt Wesley Marie Tackitt ... (as Wesley Tackitt)
Sydene Wallace Sydene Wallace
Donna Dabney Donna Dabney
Garry Korpi Garry Korpi
Leonard Williams Leonard Williams
John Holden John Holden
Raymond O'Day Raymond O'Day
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Storyline

A rebellious punk of the beat generation spends his days as an amateur dirt track driver in between partying and troublemaking. He eventually kidnaps his buddy's girlfriend, kills a few police officers, and finally sees his own life end in tragedy. Written by Tiff Banks

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From roaring hot rods to the racing big time!

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for teen drinking and anti-social behavior, and for brief language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Velocity See more »

Filming Locations:

Clayton, California, USA

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Harvey Berman Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (producer's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Johnny Varron: She's got you mixed
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Alternate Versions

Re-edited into a newer version entitled Velocity, which included new footage which makes the original film a long flashback sequence. The new scenes featured Jorge Garcia, Jason Sudeikis, Dick Miller, and 'Jack Nicholson' impersonator Joe Richards. See more »

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Featured in Bikers, Blondes and Blood (1993) See more »

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Odd modern segments framing original film
14 May 2006 | by JumeirahSunSee all my reviews

I picked this movie up cheap out of a bargain bin. It is a double feature disc with "The Little Shop of Horrors." When I started watching it I was shocked to find that "Velocity," which I knew was circa 1960, started off with a relatively new-looking scene of kids driving dangerously. It seems that Vina Distributor (who put out this double feature edition) or somebody decided to "update" the old teen flick with some footage of more relevant "street punks."

The bad "modern" teen meets a dude in a bar who looks a little like Jack Nicholson but doesn't sound anything like him (I guess Jack has better things to do these days, unlike these cutters) who tells him the story of his young life. THEN we get into "Velocity," which is all that the other reviews here promised.

Jack is so young that one might not recognize him at first. This was only his second role and he was 23 years old in 1960. It is pretty funny and I gave it two stars for the yuks, but it is atrociously dated. The version I have is colorized.

I see on IMDb that "Velocity" is the video title and "The Wild Ride" was the original name of the film. Maybe it was renamed "Velocity" after the bizarre framing segments were added.


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