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Wild Things

Theatrical release poster
Directed by John McNaughton
Produced by Kevin Bacon (executive)
Steven Brown (line)
Steven A. Jones
Rodney Liber
Written by Stephen Peters
Starring Matt Dillon
Kevin Bacon
Denise Richards
Neve Campbell
Bill Murray
Music by George S. Clinton
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) March 20, 1998
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $30,147,739 (domestic)
Followed by Wild Things 2 (2004)
Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough (2005)

Wild Things is a 1998 erotic thriller film starring Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards, Neve Campbell and Bill Murray. It was directed by John McNaughton. In some countries the film was released as Sex Crimes. An uncut version of the movie, adding seven minutes to its runtime, was released on DVD in 2004.



Sam Lombardo (Dillon) is a happy, sexually promiscuous high school guidance counselor in Blue Bay, Florida. That is, until wealthy, popular Kelly Van Ryan (Richards) accuses him of raping her one day after she had washed his truck. Due to the Van Ryans' high social status and connections, Lombardo's career and life take a heavy toll. Lombardo hires unorthodox lawyer Kenneth Bowden (Murray), but is later incarcerated when a second student, unpopular, trailer-dwelling Suzie Toller (Campbell), also accuses him of rape, with several factors matching Kelly's description of Lombardo's assault.

Lombardo is put on trial, where Bowden badgers Suzie, who admits that she and Kelly had made the whole thing up to get revenge on Lombardo. The Van Ryans are humiliated by the scandal, and Lombardo and Bowden negotiate a hefty settlement: 8.5 million dollars. Lombardo leaves town to retire after this, and encounters Kelly and Suzie at his hotel. It turns out that the three of them had been working together the entire time, and planned to split the money.

However, police Detective Ray Duquette (Bacon) becomes suspicious and begins investigating further. Suzie becomes increasingly nervous, and Lombardo and Kelly begin to worry that she will undermine the plan. Suzie and Kelly fight in the Van Ryan pool, where Kelly nearly drowns Suzie before the two make love. But then Lombardo and Kelly take Suzie down to the ocean, where Lombardo appears to murder Suzie with a wine bottle. Her blood and teeth are later found by the ocean by Duquette, who realizes that Lombardo must have killed Suzie, and goes to Kelly's to protect her. But when he arrives, she appears to attack him, shooting him in the arm, leaving him no choice but to kill her in self-defense. No charges are filed against Duquette, but he is discharged from the police force as a consequence of Kelly's death.

Later, while Lombardo is staying at a tropical resort, he finds Duquette in his shower. It turns out that the two of them had been working together the entire time. Although Lombardo is not pleased that Duquette killed Kelly (with whom Lombardo had apparently been in love), Duquette insists that it leaves fewer loose ends. The two drink a toast to "no loose ends", and agree to go fishing on Lombardo's sailboat the following day.

While on the boat far out to sea, Lombardo knocks Duquette overboard, but he soon climbs back aboard and attacks Lombardo. However, he is shot in the leg with a spear. The shooter: Suzie, who is still alive (but now has blonde hair) and who had been hiding aboard the boat. When Duquette begs Lombardo to save him, Lombardo responds that Duquette should not have killed Kelly. Suzie fatally shoots Duquette for killing her former boyfriend, Davie, years before. Suzie then poisons Lombardo to get rid of the last loose end.

It is revealed, through a series of flashbacks, that Suzie had planned the whole thing in order to get all the money and not just a third (as well as the aforementioned revenge on Duquette) and that she was very smart. As for Kelly's death, she had not attacked Duquette. Duquette had shot her twice first, and then shot himself in the arm.

In the final scene, Bowden meets Suzie at the tropical resort, and gives her most of the money (minus his "usual fee"). As she departs, he calls after her to "be good".


Filming locations

Almost all the high school sequences, including many pool scenes, were filmed at Ransom Everglades school in Coconut Grove, Florida.

Related films

The sequel to the movie, 2004's Wild Things 2, never saw release in the theatres and went straight to video, as did a third film called Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough (2005). The sequels recycle much of the plot, dialogue, and direction of the first film, albeit with different actors.

In February 2006, it was reported that Campbell and Richards will appear in Backstabbers, and producers are trying to get more of the original's cast to star as well.[1] Although Backstabbers would reportedly reunite members of the cast and crew of Wild Things, it would not be a sequel.[1] Backstabbers will go into production in late 2009 and will be released in 2011.

In June 2009, Sony started a production a fourth film in the series "Wild Things:Foursome" starring Ashley Parker Angel; Marnette Patterson and Jillian Murray will be portraying the two lead characters. It will be released in 2010.[2]


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