Something Wild (1986)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  7 November 1986 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
George 'Red' Schwartz ...
Counter Man (as George Schwartz)
Leib Lensky ...
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 ...
Adelle Lutz ...
Irate Chef
Jim Roche ...
Motel Philosopher
Motorcycle Cop


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 <>

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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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Chris Isaak was up for the role of Ray Sinclair. He dropped out, due to finishing his self-titled second album. See more »


Lulu's drink of choice is Seagram's 7, an American blended whiskey. When she enters the package store, she specifically asks for 4 pints of Scotch, and the clerk retrieves the Seagram's from the shelf. See more »


Charlie Driggs: What are you doing?
Audrey 'Lulu' Hankel: I'm setting you free.
Charlie Driggs: Maybe I don't want to be free.
Audrey 'Lulu' Hankel: Maybe you're not.
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Featured in The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1987) See more »


Written by Jasper van't Hof
Performed by Jasper van't Hof
Courtesy of WEA Musik GmbH, Germany / Keynote Productions BV
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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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