Norman Mailer

Wild 90

Wild 90

Norman Mailer’s first feature filmmaking effort stars the director and his two longtime collaborators Buzz Farbar and Mickey Knox as a trio of gangsters holed up in a ramshackle New York apartment, drinking, braying, and fighting. Mailer once claimed that he viewed making movies as “free psychoanalysis,” and this bristly, stripped-down experiment in improvisation shows a filmmaker baring himself for all to see.

Film Info

  • Norman Mailer
  • United States
  • 1968
  • 81 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer

Eclipse Series 35: Norman Mailer

DVD Box Set

2 Discs

$31.96

Wild 90
Cast
Norman Mailer
Prince
Buzz Farbar
Buzz Cameo
Mickey Knox
20 Years
Beverly Bentley
Margie
Ramona Torres
Carmela
José Torres
Kid Cha Cha
Harold Conrad
Boots
Milton Richard
Chief inspector
Macklin Adler
Lieutenant
D. A. Pennebaker
Al
Bryan Hamill
2R
Mara Lynn
Lillian
Credits
Director
Norman Mailer
Produced by
Buzz Farbar
Produced by
Mickey Knox
Produced by
Norman Mailer
Cinematography
D. A. Pennebaker
Editing
Jan Pieter Welt
Editing
Norman Mailer
Music
Charlie Brown

From The Current

Pennebaker on Mailer: Wild 90 and Beyond the Law
Pennebaker on Mailer: Wild 90 and Beyond the Law

The feral first three films by Norman Mailer, available in our thirty-fifth Eclipse set, may look primitive, but Mailer had some of the best filmmakers in the business on set to help him out, including verité pioneers D. A. Pennebaker and Richard Le…


Oct 15, 2012
Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer
Eclipse Series 35: Maidstone and Other Films by Norman Mailer

In the 1960s, Mailer, already a literary legend, was inspired by the avant-garde film movement to take a stab at his own, anti-Warholian underground cinema.

By Michael Chaiken

On Film / Essays — Aug 30, 2012