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Wilder Days (2003)





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The third TV movie produced for the TNT network's "Johnson & Johnson Spotlight Presentations," Wilder Days stars Peter Falk as septuagenarian James "Pop-Up" Morse, who, though warm and indulgent toward his 11-year-old grandson Chris (Josh Hutcherson), has always been a bit aloof and distant when it comes to his own son (and Chris' father) John (Timothy Daly). As a result, John has become a bitter, uptight, super-pragmatic adult, rigidly rejecting the colorful tall tales that Pop-Up enjoys spinning for Chris. Not wishing to have Chris' imagination stunted by John, and also hoping to make up for neglecting his son, Pop-Up decides to prove that his fanciful stories are factual, beginning with his oft-told yarn of the wreck of the circus boat Wilder Days. To this end, the elder Morse "escapes" from his nursing home and takes Chris on a journey of rediscovery across country in his classic 1959 El Dorado -- without the fuming John's permission. Directed by David Mickey Evans of Radio Flyer and The Sandlot fame, Wilder Days premiered October 19, 2003.


Peter Falk
as James `Pop Up' Morse
Tim Daly
as John Morse
Josh Hutcherson
as Chris Morse
Kate Vernon
as Dorothy Morse
Ron Small
as Mr. Rally
Frank Hache
as Pop Up's Roommate
Andrew Campbell
as Garage Mechanic
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Critic Reviews for Wilder Days

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Personally, I prefer Columbo... But Wilder Days is as semi-sweet and heart-lukewarming as this sort of TV movie is supposed to be.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

precisely the sort of mild and harmlessly familiar TV schmaltz that goes down easy - and leaves nary a trace.

March 21, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

...the bottom line is that the film never quite takes off - though there's no denying that both Falk and Daly are very effective.

August 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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