Something Wild

Synopsis: Mary Ann Robinson, a young woman living in The Bronx, New York, with her neurotic, overbearing mother and kindly but ineffectual stepfather, is raped while walking home one night. Keeping the attack to herself, Mary Ann runs away, seeking to lose herself in Manhattan by renting a seedy flat and taking a job in a dime store. Overwhelmed by people's hostility and her own despair, Mary Ann tries to jump off the Manhattan Bridge, only to be stopped by Mike, a garage mechanic who takes her back to his modest basement apartment nearby. At first appreciative of Mike's kindness, Mary Ann becomes terrified when he refuses to let her leave. Is Mike really Mary Ann's rescuer - or is he another rapist?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Jack Garfein
Production: United Artists
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

Good night. See you tomorrow.


Mary Ann?

Mary Ann?

Is there no school today, Mary Ann?


Getting late, you know.

I'm going soon. Thank you.

Want me to put the toast in for you?

No, thank you.

I'll get something at the cafeteria.

All right then. All right.

Young girls today.

Just can't please her.

Don't understand why, but then

I don't think she understands me.

Mary Ann? Is that you?

Yes, Mother.

What time is it?

About 8:

Say good-bye to your stepfather.

You forgot yesterday.

He didn't say anything,

but I knew he was hurt.

I didn't know he was up.

He's usually asleep when I leave.

Dear, I know

you didn't do it deliberately.

I just wanted to remind you.

Aren't you gonna kiss me good-bye?

I'm very late. Bye.



- Bye.

- Bye.

Excuse me.

Go back.

All right. Stand back. Stand back.

Come on. Stand back.

Come on. Break it up. Come on.

- Let's go.

- Feeling better now?

Let's go. Break it up.

All right.

Can you remember what happened?

I don't know.


Where to, miss?

- I'm going home.

- Where's that?

All right. Come on.

Let's go. Break it up.

- Where do you live?

- This is no sideshow.

614 Green Street.

- Come on, miss. Please.

- What's your name?

Mary Ann.

Mary Ann Robinson.

All right then.

Slow now. Just take it easy.

Let's keep it back.

Coming home in a police car.

You'll never know

what that made me feel like.

Of course, I knew there was

something wrong with you this morning.

In the first place, you were so late.

That officer said you were sick.

I suppose you'd been eating some of that

awful food with your friends last night.

You'll just never know

how much this has upset me.

I was just going out.

Now, dear, tell me what happened.

I don't know.

There were too many people

in the subway.

I'll be all right soon.

I thought I'd die

when I saw you get out of that police car.

Wasn't that officer polite?

He kept asking if you felt better.

I've always said that choir practice

goes on too long

for the middle of the week.

You've been looking

a little peaked lately.

Uh-huh. I'd better call the doctor.

Doctor wants you

to have one a day with two aspirin.

He says it'll calm you down.

This room is so dark when it's cloudy.

Shall I turn on the light?

I don't care.

Mrs. Carver phoned.

She wanted to know how you felt.

I told her you were a little peaked.

That's all.

Anybody who calls, I'll tell them

you're just a little bit down.

She said some more of those dirty people

had moved in the next block.

Honestly, I don't know what's

going to happen to this neighborhood.

Everyone is dirty.

Eat some more!

How can you expect to get well?

I didn't mean to hurt anybody.

Honestly, you can't even

go out on the streets alone at night.

Why? What could happen?

Anything could happen.

People do all sorts of things.

This used to be such a nice neighborhood.

People in the shops were so polite.

People on the streets were

decently dressed.

On Sunday everybody went to church.

Now all those people have moved away.

Nothing left but dirt and noise

and people sitting on the steps,

staring at you.

I know it's not their fault,

but honestly,

I don't feel at home anymore.

I feel like a positive stranger.

It's terrible. Just terrible.

- Hi, Mary Ann.

- Hi, Mary Ann.

You remember? The Elizabethans

supposed them to secrete a cold poison,

as in As You Like It.

"Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,

wears yet a precious jewel in his head."

What do you want?

You have a vacancy?

You want it?

Want to see it?

I'll take it.

It's five dollars a week.

You pay in advance.

- You looking for me?

- I saw the sign in the window and I

Yeah, yeah. Come on in.

It's, uh, just for the summer, part-time.

Twenty-five dollars a week.

You're over 17, aren't you?

Four afternoons and all day Saturday.

Have you ever worked a cash register?


All right. The girl at the counter

will show you what to do.

- Do you want the job?

- Yes, I want it.

Write your name and address...

and come back tomorrow morning at 9:00.

Tomorrow is Saturday,

so you'll work all day tomorrow

and then start your regular week

on Monday.

That's all now. Come back in the morning.

Don't mind me, honey.

The heat's got me.

You can be a little late

getting back from lunch.

- I won't say anything.

- Thanks.

There's nothing doing here anyway.

Probably close the place down.


It's hot, isn't it?

Well, excuse me!

Mrs. Gates!

Now, Mrs. Gates...

what's the idea

of taking this card up to the chief?

Isn't this the office been handling

your case from the beginning?

Detective Bogart,

I've called you every day for ten days.

Nobody's had the courtesy

to even call me back.

Mrs. Gates, I have reports of my men

calling you back...

being asked silly questions like,

"Have you heard anything

about my little girl?"

Now yours is not the only case

in the city, Mrs. Gates.

I'm not used to this kind of treatment.

My husband is an attorney.

We have connections.

And if we weren't sure

you were doing everything in your power

Take it easy, Mrs. Gates. Take it easy.

I can't take it easy, officer.

My only daughter is involved.

I haven't slept.

Mrs. Gates, I haven't brought you here

to argue with you.

We've picked up a girl

that fits your daughter's description.

My God.

Where is she?

She's in the next room.

She refused to say anything.

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Jack Garfein

Jack Garfein (born July 2, 1930, in Mukacevo, Carpathian Ruthenia, Czechoslovakia, now Mukacheve, Ukraine) is a key historical figure of the Actors' Studio, director, writer, teacher and producer. Garfein was once married to actress Carroll Baker, with whom we had two children: actress Blanche Baker and Grammy-Award-winning American composer Herschel Garfein. Garfein's second marriage was to Anna Laretta, with whom he had two children: Rela Garfein (scholarship graduate of HEC in Paris) and Elias Garfein (scholarship graduate of Sorbonne). He has been living the past four years with his partner, Natalia Repolovsky, a pianist and technical writer. more…

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