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The Wild Party

3.2 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The highly celebratedand OscarÂ(r)-nominated*Ismail Merchant and James Ivory swing back to Hollywood's heyday to tell this "dazzling" (The Hollywood Reporter) story of unchecked egotism and desperation. Featuring a "bravura" (Playboy) performance by OscarÂ(r) nominee** James Coco, and a "genuinely touching" (Time) turn by Raquel Welch, The Wild Party is a bash people will be talking about for years! 1920s Hollywood. Talkies have become the rage, but silent film star Jolly Grimm (Coco) believes he still has a future. Ready to premiere his latest opus, a picture in which he's invested his entire fortune, Grimm throws a party at his mansion. But when his film is tepidly received and his gal (Welch) sneaks off with an up-and-coming star, Grimm is forced to face a horrible truth about himself one that may lead to deadly consequences! *Merchant: Best Picture, The Remains of the Day (with Mike Nichols, John Calley) (1993); Best Picture, Howards End (1992); Best Picture, A Room With a View (1986); ShortSubjectLive Action, The Creation of Woman (with Charles F. Schwep) (1960);Ivory: Director, The Remains of the Day (1993); Director, Howards End (1992); Director, A Room With a View (1986) **1981: Supporting Actor, Only When I Laugh

Special Features

  • Featurette with director James Ivory

Product Details

  • Actors: James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King, Tiffany Bolling, Royal Dano
  • Directors: Greg Carson, James Ivory
  • Writers: Joseph Moncure March, Walter Marks
  • Producers: Greg Carson, Edgar Lansbury, George Manasse, Ismail Merchant
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001V6ZKC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,610 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wild Party" on IMDb

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This has been a pretty good year for fans of the lovely AND talented Raquel Welch. First 20th Century Fox released "The Raquel Welch Collection" box set, then Warner Home Video gave us "The Last Of Sheila" and now "The Wild Party", probably one of Miss Welch's best films! And thanks to the fine folks at MGM we have the ORIGINAL, UN-CUT version not the version originally released by AIP back in the 70s. And what a glorious film it is! Rocky is just great as Queenie, the mistress of Jolly Grimm (James Coco), a washed up silent movie comedian vainly attempting to make a comeback into pictures. She is endearing and sexy as his tender young lover, and the song she sings ("SINGAPORE SALLY") is a real treat!
Picture and sound are both quite good on this disc and the extra's include the original trailer and a short interview with the director, James Ivory.
So, if you like Miss Welch (and how can anyone not???), check this disc out. You'll love it! Now if only MGM will release "Kansas City Bomber" and Paramount put out "Hannie Caulder", I'd be a really happy camper! - George Bauch,
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I am giving "Wild Party" 5 stars for a few reasons. Most significantly is that this is the version that James Ivory had submitted to the studio, which then recut it for distribution through American International.
I remember seeing WP when it was first released, and believe me that was an entirely different movie than is on this DVD. A.I. was known as the distributor that marketed exploitation flicks, so it purchased WP as it was cut to emphasize an orgy sequence.
Ivory is not a sensationalist, if anything his films incorporate sex to advance the story, here the wildness of the party is just a by product of a much richer story.
Raquel, Coco, Bolling and King are all terrific. The wonder of DVD is that this film makes sense, whereas the theatrical version and all the VHS versions do not. This is really an amazing movie that was never released as it was intended. Thumbs up to MGM for releasing this edition.
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This is an early entry from the Merchant Ivory team, and one which was unjustifiably dismissed on its initial release.It's a creative, well filmed and acted period piece set in early Hollywood, loosley based on the Fatty Arbuckle scandal. All the angst, drama, insincerity, drugs and general debauchery is perfectly and vividly captured.The movie features great performances from the entire cast Raquel Welch is execellent, Perry King gorgeous and James Coco tragic.

This DVD restores some of the cut footage such as the infamous orgy scene.

Another plus is the excellent music score.
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Raquel Welch does a fine job in this drama. The scenes of Hollywood in the 1920's seem deatiled and authentic. Fans of Raquel will probably enjoy this the most.
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THIS is one of those delightful, guilty, and dismissed treasures [alongside Glenda Jackson's 'Negatives', and what WAS the title of that vaguely soft-core porno type movie Richard Dreyfuss made???? "INSERTS!" Same period ....] HOWEVER, this Party is somewhat inspired by the Fatty Arbuckle event of the Roaring 20ties and fortunately does not follow the same route, but it is close, and naturally everyone associated or invited to the Party is affected by the outcome in one or another way .... you be the judge here.
Expertly directed - same goes for the Art and Costume design - makes a great companion piece to the rarely seen "SAVAGES" another Ivory gem!
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I only ordered this because I'm in the movie. It's actually a pretty bad movie! If you like Raquel Welch or The Mission Inn in Riverside, CA, you might like it, but I doubt it.
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I saw this when it was first released; I remember being kind of disappointed, because I was really excited to see James Coco in a dramatic part. This character was supposed to be loosely based on Fatty Arbuckle. The actors are good, but the story itself is weak.
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Not the greatest, but Raquel gives an honest presentation. She's more than just a pretty face. I think this was a stretch for Coco, he's better as a comedian. All in all, worth watching for Raquel fans. Does drag a bit !
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