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Walk on the Wild Side (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Dove Linkhorn (Laurence Harvey, The Manchurian Candidate) shows up in New Orleans with drifter Kitty Twist (Jane Fonda, Barbarella) looking for his old flame, Hallie (Capucine, The Pink Panther). When Dove finds out that Hallie works at the Doll House, a bordello run by Jo (Barbara Stanwyck, Double Indemnity), Dove looks to take her away. But Jo and her cohorts have no intention of letting their star employee go without a fight. Directed by Edward Dmytryk (The Caine Mutiny) and featuring title credits designed by the legendary Saul Bass (Psycho).
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New Orleans is the setting, but you'd never know it as most of the shots are interior. The psychology is amazing, though, and you'll find yourself completely wrapped up in the story.
For those not interested in the lesbian overtones, the prostitution themes alone will suffice. Jane Fonda is amazing and in fact, did an amazing thing by being in this movie. Even today, anyone who would dare to make something that would equal the lines of "Walk" by today's standards would be taking a chance with their career.
Laurence Harvey, Capucine, and Annex Baxter (!!!!!) make excellent appearances in this highly unusual film.
I would also suggest another movie, titled "The Killing of Sister George" which is along the same lines. It's a tad long but made about the same time and every bit as good. It deals with lesbianism and is shocking not in this fact, but because the main character so does not care who knows it in the 1960s setting. I highly recommend both films.
The rather sordid plot revolves around a good-looking Texas drifter named Dove, superbly underplayed by Laurence Harvey, who hitchhikes his way to New Orleans in search of his long lost love, Hallie. Hallie is portrayed by the elegant and ravishing Capucine. (Capucine bears an uncanny resemblance to both Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn. No wonder everyone was crazy about her!) Enroute to the Big Easy, Dove encounters a runaway juvenile delinquent, Kitty, performed with sass and vigor by Jane Fonda. She tags along with Dove until he leaves her behind after he discovers that she is a thief and a liar.
Following an anonymous tip, Dove locates Hallie who is living and working in a high-class brothel. At first he does not realize that she has followed a primrose path. When he does find out, he is understandably shocked. Eventually he forgives her and proposes marriage. Complications and tragedy follow.
The cast of " A Walk on the Wild Side" are uniformly excellent. Barbara Stanwyck is especially memorable. She gives a fearless, ferocious performance as the calculating, possessive lesbian madam, Jo, who is hopelessly infatuated with Hallie. Other palatable ingredients in this movie: the solid direction by Edward Dmytryk; the crisp, evocative black and white photography of Joe MacDonald; and the bold, brash jazz score composed by the great Elmer Bernstein.
No it's not Shakespeare, but "A Walk on the Wild Side" is a very watchable, well-crafted, guilty pleasure.
Most recent customer reviews
I saw this movie in the 60's and loved it then. It has stood the test of time. The acting is superb.Published 7 months ago by Ron McKercher
You will find yourself liking this movie in spite of the stiff performances. You'll may even feel compelled to watch it twice. Read morePublished on June 25 2004 by carolbwilliams
What an unpleasant film this is. Barbara Stanwyck was incapable of giving a bad performance, but participating in this undertaking must have been hard on her. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Nancy Tannenbaum
It's been said that nobody deliberately sets out to make a bad movie. Based on a novel of the same name and with character names like Dove Linkhorn and Kitty Twist, "Walk on... Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by Mark Norvell
A must see--and own. I highly recommend for your library. Harvey, Fonda, Standwick,and Capuccini are all great! Will keep you on the edge of your seat. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2002 by Lenora J Jenkins
Best title [and end-title] to date! The great catfight between the too real alleycats, but that's Saul Bass! Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2001
I was pretty young when I first saw this movie on television on a late show. The musical score and the tragic conclusion stayed with me. Read morePublished on April 9 2001 by lidamae
The movie seems to be trying to shock us with its portrayal of a New Orleans whorehouse (and maybe it *was* shocking back then). Read morePublished on July 4 1999