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Something Wild (1986)

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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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Counter Man (as George Schwartz)
Leib Lensky ...
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The Country Squire
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Patricia Falkenhain ...
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Richard Graves
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Kenneth Utt ...
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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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$8,362,969 (USA)
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Jonathan Demme later directed The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Ray Liotta later appeared in the sequel Hannibal (2001). See more »

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When Charlie persuades Ray to let Audrey leave with him, they are sitting at a table in the center of the diner. After the couple have left, the waitress returns with the bill to Ray, who is suddenly sitting at a window table. See more »

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Motel philosopher: Remember, no matter what, it's better to be a live dog than a dead lion.
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References Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985) See more »

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Two Movies In One
27 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's almost two films in one: a lighthearted sex fantasy ride for the first 50 minutes and then (when Ray Liotta appears) a suspenseful, violent thriller.

It's a strange movie, but certainly entertaining. However, I found that the more I watched this film, the more I didn't like it. It kept dropping ratings, from a 9 to a 7.6 to a 6. I guess I should have quit while I was ahead.

What annoyed me was Jeff Daniels and his role. What a irritating idiot! The only redeeming quality for watching him is to show how stupid we men act and have our lives ruined by the lure of sex from some young, pretty woman. Daniels constantly wears this stupid jerky smile on his face for that first hour unless Liotta wipes it off him.

Few people in the '80s and '90s could play psychotics was well as Liotta and few people in that same period could look and sound like such a sexy bimbo as Melanie Griffith, so both of them are effective in their roles. The only guy that is totally out of his element is Daniels, playing this huge boob (speaking of Griffith) who winds up reaping what he sows.

Yes, it still was an Interesting movie, but two viewings are enough.


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