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23 October 1986 (Italy) See more »
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Directed by
David Lynch 
Writing credits
David Lynch (screenplay)

Produced by
Fred C. Caruso .... producer (as Fred Caruso)
Richard Roth .... executive producer (as Richard A. Roth)
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
Frederick Elmes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Duwayne Dunham 
Casting by
Pat Golden 
Johanna Ray 
Production Design by
Patricia Norris 
Set Decoration by
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur 
Makeup Department
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup supervisor
Dean Jones .... special effects makeup
Barbara Page .... assistant makeup artist
Barbara Page .... hair stylist
Dean Gates .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... production manager (as Fred Caruso)
Gail Kearns .... production supervisor (as Gail M. Kearns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ellen Rauch .... first assistant director
Ian Woolf .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michel Anderson .... props-set dresser
Shaw Burney .... set prop man
Catherine Davis .... art department assistant
Vernon Harrell .... props-set dresser
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur .... property master (as Tantar Leviseur)
Tanya Lowe .... scenic artist
Loren McNamara .... props-set dresser (as Loren Mcnamara)
Les Pendleton .... construction coordinator (as Les Pendelton)
Paul Sebastian .... props-set dresser
Dawn Serody .... draftsperson
Robert Testerman .... chief scenic artist
Tim Viereck .... lead carpenter
Arron Waitz .... props set dresser
Doug White .... props-set dresser
Keith Darwin .... scenic (uncredited)
Frank Silva .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark S. Turner .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Harley Whitehurst .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alan Abrams .... assistant sound editor
Mark Berger .... re-recording mixer
Jim Bridges .... sound
Karen Brocco .... assistant sound editor
Rob Fruchtman .... sound editor
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam .... dialogue editor (as Vivien Gilliam)
Sarah Goldsmith .... assistant sound editor (as Sarah Rothenberg)
Richard Hymns .... sound effects editor
Pat Jackson .... sound editor
Ann Kroeber .... sound mixer
Patrick Moriarty .... boom operator
John Morris .... assistant sound editor
John Nutt .... dialogue editor
David Parker .... re-recording mixer
Paige Sartorius .... assistant sound editor (as Page Sartorius)
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
John Verbeck .... assistant sound editor
Frank E. Eulner .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Frank E. Eulner .... assistant sound supervisor (uncredited)
Frank E. Eulner .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Alan Splet .... sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
George R. Hill .... special effects (as George Hill)
Greg Hull .... special effects
Reginald Barnes Jr. .... stunt performer
David Boushey .... stunt performer
Robert Burton .... stunt performer
Mark Fincannon .... stunt performer (as W. Mark Fincannon)
Richard Langdon .... stunt coordinator
Sherrie Ann Langdon .... stunt performer
John W. McEuen .... stunt performer (as John W. Mceuen)
Dean Mumford .... stunt performer
Debra Shuckman .... stunt performer (as Debra Schuckman)
Ken Sprunt Jr. .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jock Brandis .... rigging
Donne Daniels .... key grip
Mark Shane Davis .... dolly grip (as Mark Davis)
Monte Dhooge .... electrical department
Lex duPont .... first assistant camera (as Lex Dupont)
Tim Farrow .... electrical department
Austin Goss .... rigging
Mike Hall .... rigger
Douglas Evan Hersh .... rigging (as Doug Hersh)
Robert Hoelen .... rigging
Neil Holcomb .... electrical department
Michael Katz .... gaffer
Ross Kolman .... rigging
Joe C. Maxwell .... best boy (as Joe Maxwell)
Umberto Montiroli .... still photographer
David Rudd .... camera assistant
Roger Russ .... electrical department
David Salamone .... electrical department (as Dave Salamone)
Dennis E. Shelton .... electrical department (as Dennis Shelton)
Anthony Stephens .... grip department (as Tony Stephens)
David W. Strong .... rigging (as David Strong)
James Tomaro .... rigging
Steve Venetis .... rigging chief
Franklin Williams Jr. .... generator operator (as Frank Williams)
Jeff Williams .... grip department
Jay W. Yowler .... rigging (as Jay Yawler)
Joe D'Alessandro .... grip (uncredited)
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Katherine Ray .... intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sharon Bialy .... casting assistant
Pamela Guest .... casting associate (as Pam Rack)
Nina Axelrod .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gloria Glynn .... costume shop supervisor (as Gloria Laughridge)
Ronald Leamon .... costumer
Henry Earl Lewis .... set wardrobe
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter (as Donnah Bassett)
Brian Berdan .... apprentice editor
Tim Craig .... apprentice editor
Jonathan P. Shaw .... assistant editor (as Jonathan Shaw)
Mary Sweeney .... assistant editor
Daniel Frisch .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Morris Atkins .... location coordinator
Edward Bowen .... location assistant (as Edward Bown)
Music Department
Mark Adler .... music editor
Angelo Badalamenti .... conductor
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... assistant music editor
Todd Boekelheide .... music re-recording mixer
David Lynch .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
John Bankson .... driver
Doug DuRose .... driver (as Doug Du Rose)
Pat Hill .... transportation coordinator (as Patricia Hill)
Cynthia Jarose .... driver
A. Welch Lambeth .... driver (as Welch Lambeth)
Other crew
Celia Claire Barnes .... production assistant
Frank Behnke .... intern associate
Peter Braatz .... intern associate
Mary Bridges .... craft service
Patty Clark .... production assistant
Kathryn Colbert .... production office coordinator
Chrissie Davis .... production secretary (as Sarah Christine Davis)
Steve Day .... production assistant
Roe Fonvielle .... production assistant
Cindy J. Gray .... assistant accountant (as Cindy Jo Gray)
Bobby Kearns .... production assistant (as Robert Kearns)
Kathi Levine .... assistant accountant
Lyn Lucibello .... auditor (as Rita M. Lucibello)
Jennifer Lynch .... production assistant
Rena Sternfeld-Allon .... script supervisor (as Rina Sternfeld)
John Wentworth .... assistant: David Lynch
John Wildermuth .... key production assistant
Greg Ferris .... marketing canada (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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120 min | 172 min (with bonus footage)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:R (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2007) | Czech Republic:15 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 (1999) | Finland:K-18 (1987) | France:12 | Greece:K-17 (tv rating) | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Israel:18 | Italy:T | Italy:VM18 (VHS rating) (self applied) | Japan:R-15 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (re-rating) (2007) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:18 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #28301) | West Germany:16 | West Germany:18 (original rating)

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Continuity: Ben receives his beer from Frank - in the next two shots Ben holds the beer in different places e.g. round the glass, then the handle and back to around the glass.See more »
[first lines]
Radio announcer:It's a sunny, woodsy day in Lumberton, so get those chainsaws out. This is the mighty W.O.O.D., the musical voice of Lumberton. At the sound of the falling tree, it's 9:30. There's a whole lotta wood waitin' out there, so let's get goin'.
Nurse Cindy:Mr. Beaumont? Your son Jeffrey's here to see you.
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136 out of 185 people found the following review useful.
I've never seen anything quite like this before..., 5 May 2003
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

What surprised me was how very different this was from the two other great David Lynch films I'd seen: "Lost Highway" and "The Straight Story", which are in turn very different from one another. I'd been told by a disappointed David Lynch fan, back in 1997, that the only reason I was so deeply impressed with "Lost Highway" was that I hadn't seen "Bue Velvet", in which he does much the same kind of thing better. "Blue Velvet" may indeed be better (I wouldn't want to say), but in no respect is it the same kind of thing. (The only instance I've encountered so far of Lynch making the same film twice is "Lost Highway" being remade as "Mulholland Drive", which partly accounts for the latter film being so stale and uninvolving.)

"Blue Velvet" is a simple amateur sleuthing story, but the genius is in the telling of it. It's hard to avoid the feeling that something supernatural is somehow involved, although it isn't, and we know that it isn't. It looks and feels as though we're watching the world through a special enchanted (or cursed) prism: the image has been pulled apart, ALMOST into two distinct images, with the elements of pure evil and pure wholesomeness now distinct from one another, sitting just millimetres apart.

Unrelated to this, but still contributing to the intense suspense and the overall creepiness, is Lynch's ability to make us familiar with a few ordinary locations, which grow more sinister - or at least more meaningful - every time we see them, until the sight of a simple concrete stairwell in the dark is enough to make us start to panic.

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