Pray for the Wildcats

1974

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IMDb Rating 6.1

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Reviewed by Wuchakk 10

&quot;Pray for the Wildcats&quot; is a TV &quot;movie of the week&quot; from 1974 about four businessmen (Andy Griffith, William Shatner, Robert Reed and Marjoe Gortner) who take a trip through the desert wilderness of Baja California on dirt bikes. Griffith plays Sam Farragut, an arrogant mogul who thinks money is power and anyone can be bought if the price is right; and, if they can&#39;t, well, they&#39;ll just have to be discarded one way or another. Needless to say, the trip doesn&#39;t go as pleasantly as planned.<br/><br/>If you didn&#39;t think it was possible for Griffith to play a robust villain you need to see this film. Andy just eats up the role of the dastardly Farragut. Not only is his performance a pleasure to behold, it rings true! All the other actors are perfectly cast, as are the wives and girlfriend of the three subordinate bikers, Lorraine Gary, Angie Dickinson and Janet Margolin respectively.<br/><br/>&quot;Pray for the Wildcats&quot; is a morality tale in the manner of &quot;Deliverance,&quot; except that the crime is inverted and the trip takes place in the SW desert/coast rather than a wild river in Georgia. Although a TV movie, &quot;Pray for the Wildcats&quot; is every bit as good as &quot;Deliverance&quot; and perhaps even better. And, thankfully, it doesn&#39;t contain anything as hard to watch as that infamous &quot;squeal like a pig&quot; scene.<br/><br/>Judging from the reviews, many will ridicule such commendations. In fact, for reasons that elude me &quot;Pray for the Wildcats&quot; is often mocked as &quot;campy&quot; and &quot;unintentionally funny.&quot; Really? I don&#39;t see this at all; and anyone who thinks it&#39;s campy obviously doesn&#39;t know what camp is. This is clearly a serious drama/adventure/thriller with the requisite soap operatics, but nothing overkill and definitely within the realm of believability. Another overdone criticism is Shatner&#39;s hairpiece, which is odd since it definitely LOOKS like his natural hair (not that it is).<br/><br/>The real reason reviewers make fun of &quot;Pray for the Wildcats&quot; is because (1.) it&#39;s a TV movie and (2.) three of the stars had well-known TV shows -- The Andy Griffith Show, Star Trek and The Brady Bunch -- and, gee, I guess there&#39;s no way they could really act and break away from their typecast roles. But they can and do superbly in &quot;Pray for the Wildcats.&quot; <br/><br/>Another thing I love about this film is the powerful message: ***SPOILER ALERT*** One man sins greatly, but has zero remorse and tries to cover it up through his power and money; another man also sins, but realizes his mistake and ultimately proves his character; the other two show that they believe money and position are more important than justice and therefore prove their lack of character. ***END SPOILER*** <br/><br/>The film was shot in Arizona and Baja California and runs 100 minutes.<br/><br/>GRADE: A+

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Reviewed by MartinHafer 6

Sam Farragut (Andy Griffith) is a rich jerk who fully realizes how powerful this makes him. Instead of just allowing the advertising agency to handle his company, he controls them--insisting the three execs working for him MUST go on a long, long motorbike ride across Baja...or no contract. Once on the trip, Sam turns out to be a real piece of work...an amoral guy who drinks, brawls and womanizes-- acting nothing like the Andy Griffith we&#39;ve all grown to love. He&#39;s a lot like Satan on a cycle!<br/><br/>Among the three execs are Warren (William Shatner), Paul (Robert Reed) and Terry (Marjoe Gortner). All three are extremely flawed men and only Terry seems excited about making this trip. Paul is hiding a secret but Warren&#39;s is the darkest of all...he knows he&#39;s being terminated from his job and is showing hints that he might use this trip as a way to kill himself! What does come of all this? <br/><br/>This is certainly one of the strangest made for TV movies of its era. That&#39;s saying a lot since &quot;The ABC Movie of the Week&quot; often featured weird plots--such as women impregnated by aliens, monsters living in the chimney and reincarnated witches! But this strange is because the folks play so against type...especially Griffith! But is this strangeness any good? Well, yes. Despite the plot being extremely difficult to believe and the actors playing so against type, the basic issues going on in the film are compelling-- especially when Griffith&#39;s character does some very horrible things. The only BIG bad thing about all this is the ending with Shatner in the surf--not THAT is amazingly stupid! All in all, well worth seeing just because of its novelty.<br/><br/>By the way, if you are curious who Marjoe Gortner is, read him IMDb biography. This guy was VERY prolific on TV in the 70s but his life before this is really, really interesting. He&#39;s not particularly good in this film, however. Also, I think it is very likely NOT unintentional that the four men all sport shirts that look almost exactly like &quot;Star Trek&quot; shirts--red, blue and yellow! You really notice their Trekkiness in the cantina scene...complete with the black collars! Apart from missing the Enterprise emblem, they are almost dead ringers!

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Reviewed by johdousha 7

I agree with Teresa. This movie is a cheesy. But, on the other hand, I thought Andy Griffith did a fine job of being a bad guy for once. William Shatner, of course, played the part of William Shatner, but then, I just like him because he&#39;s Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise. Robert Reed was pretty good, too, and if you see this film, check out the interior of his house--I swear it&#39;s the same house as the one in the Brady Bunch! And sure, the film is completely dippy, and the plot&#39;s weird, and the effects are royally hand-made, but I still think this is a film worth watching, if only for the interaction between the well-known television personalities. Besides, where else do you get a chance to see William Shatner referring to someone else as &quot;The captain?&quot; The don&#39;t make &#39;em like this anymore...maybe that&#39;s a good thing. But see it anyway!

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