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A little film with big heart
- James Elliot Singer
The great Conrad Hall (the original Outer Limits) photographed Wild Seed in black & white and his mastery of light and shadow fit the noir mood of this melancholy story. Superbly sad jazz score. The late Michael Parks is excellent and Celia Kaye in an early role perfectly projected the innocence of am earnest young girl inexperienced in life. An experienced actress would have come across as artificial and "Hollywood." Their growing love story is completely believable. The direction by Brian Hutton is effective. Much of the story takes place on freight trains which gets a little tedious but the logistics of shooting these sequences had to have been complex and somewhat dangerous. It was produced by Marlon Brando's production company and it would not have been a stretch to see a 50s era Brando take the Parks role but not in 1964. Parks was more Dean than Brando in demeanor and it's hard to understand why Then Came Bronson hasn't been released on DVD when every piece of junk is. Turner Classics made a bad decision to pair this with Parks' and Ann- Margret's Bus Riley's Back In Town for a 2AM showing Nov. 25, 2017 on TCM Underground instead of giving it an 8PM time slot with a guest (such as Celia Kaye Millius herself) when more people would have tuned in to appreciate this little-seen gem. These films are all wrong for Underground which focuses on psychotronic, whacked-out films.
- kevin sellers
First the good stuff: nice, jazzy score by Richard Markowitz, great mid 60s, black and white, roadside and railside, America cinematography by Conrad Hall (who would repeat it on a larger scale a year later in "In Cold Blood"), affecting performances from the two leads and perhaps the best quality of all from this low budget film; a tone of humanity and heart from director Brian Hutton that many a more notable film maker, like Robert Zemeckis and Ron Howard, has tried for and failed to achieve, in the process garnering only cheap sentiment. Now for the bad stuff: A screenplay that is both repetitive (i.e. it seems like all the scenes between the two leads have Ms. Kay asking Mr. Parks if he loves her or telling Mr. Parks that she loves him) and claustrophobic in its lack of subsidiary characters which, in a road picture, of which this is an early example, is an absolute no no if you wish to avoid the sense of being trapped with two rather inarticulate people in an enclosed space for over an hour. Also, when the ride ends and Kaye and Parks are finally in L.A. the movie's pace which, heretofore, has been fairly smooth really grinds to that of a thoughtful snail. Give it a B minus. P.S. To an Angeleno like me who has long been tormented by the Woody Allen syndrome in film (i.e. LA =death) that shot of the rising sun yielding to a vision of downtown Los Angeles as Land Of Promise was most welcome. Hurrah for Hall and Hutton!
A Little Known Gem!!!
Wow!!! How did I miss this one all these years?? Great little movie...not to be missed!!! I don't think I've ever seen Michael Parks or Celia Kaye before but they were both great, especially Parks....the soundtrack is dynamite.....my only wish is that it was shot in widescreen instead of full screen aspect ratio!! Otherwise 5/5 rating....
Thank you so much for showing 2 of Michael Parks early films... "Wild Seed" and "Bus Riley's Back in Town" Both Films have made a lasting impression on me and I appreciate being able to see them again. Parks was , I believe an underrated actor who helped fill the loss of James Dean with out Deans over blown theatrics. The seedy hotel love scene in Wild Seed was as gripping as any. Thanks again.
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In Honor of Michael Parks' passing, why not a small film festival of especially the early films; Wild Seed, Bus Riley's Back in Town ( with Ann Margret), The Idol and Then Came Bronson. Please!
One of My All-Time Faves
- el debbo
I believe that some people are star-crossed, and Sis and Fargo are definitely a pair. This one shows us how meaningful a small movie can be. Look at the reviews and how many people have "never forgotten it." It's a fantastic film; Celia Kaye and Michael Parks are excellent. They do Venus and Mars so well...that scene in the little diner where she's sorrowfully hanging her head and he finally says, "OK, let's have it." I laughed out loud and replayed it. Wonderful, poignant, heartwarming movie.
- Gwen G
I also saw this movie a long time ago, can't remember what year, but it also has stayed in my mind and would love to see it again, can't find it anywhere to buy.....please, please TCM, find it--show it!!!!
- Sarah Perry
TCM, please show this movie sometime. It is not available on DVD. It is a Great movie! Wonderful soundtrack - reminiscent of Miles Davis. Michael Parks is amazing.
Yes, I too saw this movie years ago on TV and have always wanted to see it again. I wish it would be seen TCM so I can see it again.
I recall seeing this moving on UHF tv wayyyyy back around Christmas 1980. Fantastic film that has never left my memory. I wish I could see it again. Maybe one day on TCM?
I loved this movie
I saw it a couple of times on TV "back in the day". I wish they would air it or let me buy it. It really is a good little movie. I have never forgotten it.
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I remember seeing this in the movies as a young teen (in the 1960's). I thought it was so good and I have never seen it on television. I would love to see it again.
want to see this movie
- lisa dimonico
it is a very good movie i would love to see it on tcm
Please show this movie
- tricia stewart
Please put this movie on your schedule. I haven't seen it since I was young and would love to see it again. It was a very good movie and I like Michael Parks.