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Something Wild (1986)

A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.

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George 'Red' Schwartz ...
Counter Man (as George Schwartz)
Leib Lensky ...
Frenchy
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The Country Squire
Maggie T. ...
Country Squire Bulldog
Patricia Falkenhain ...
Charlie's Secretary
Sandy McLeod ...
Graves' Secretary
Robert Ridgely ...
Richard Graves
Buzz Kilman ...
TV Newscaster
Kenneth Utt ...
Dad
Adelle Lutz ...
Rose
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Irate Chef
Jim Roche ...
Motel Philosopher
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Motorcycle Cop
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The uneventful life of the businessman Charles Driggs suddenly changes when he meets the wild and sexy Lulu. When he accepts her offer to drive him back to his office, she instead takes him out of town and on a trip, leaving behind his old life. Posing as a married couple, Charles and "Audrey" (which turns out to be Lulu's real name) visit her mother and her high school reunion. At this reunion they meet Audrey's violent ex-husband Ray, who has just released from prison. When Ray makes it clear that he wants Audrey back, that is when the real trouble begins. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Something Different Something Daring Something Dangerous


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7 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Gefährliche Freundin  »

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$8,362,969 (USA)
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When Audrey offers Charles a ride after meeting him outside the diner, she gets in the car and hikes her skirt up above her stockings. The next scene shot from the passenger side shows her skirt completely down by her knees. See more »

Goofs

When Lulu pulls the pistol out from under the car seat it is a Smith & Wesson model 59 9mm. The pistol she throws into the storm drain a few seconds later is a Berretta model 92FS 9mm. See more »

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Charlie Driggs: You were right. I'm a rebel. I am! I just channelled my rebellion into the mainstream.
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Referenced in The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live (1998) See more »

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Ethnicolor
Written by Jean-Michel Jarre
Performed by Jean-Michel Jarre
Courtesy of Frances Dreyfus Records
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Something special
21 November 1999 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Jeff Daniels has never been better, Ray Liotta is wonderfully sexy and menacing, and even Melanie Griffith (whom I normally dislike) works well here. One of my favorite Demme movies, this one features all kinds of interesting little character bits (a Demme trademark), and a cool little detail that I only noticed upon my 3rd or 4th viewing: at the high school reunion, after Charlie and Audrey finish their sweet little dance, the lights flicker and black out for a moment, signaling the end of the first, lighter half of the film. Ray Liotta appears on screen seconds later, bringing with him the all the violence and danger of the second half.

A very simple but elegant touch. Check this one out, it's a really good movie. Great soundtrack too! 8/10.


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