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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.



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



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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 <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Something Different Something Daring Something Dangerous


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Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gefährliche Freundin  »

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$8,362,969 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jonathan Demme later directed The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Ray Liotta later appeared in the sequel Hannibal (2001). See more »


In the motel scene where Ray throws Audrey into the pool, she goes in with socks and sneakers on. Next shot shows her swimming out barefoot. See more »


Nelson: You really oughta see someone about that nose.
Charlie Driggs: Broken nose ain't gonna kill ya, Nelson.
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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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One mood change has been overlooked...
20 May 2003 | by (Omaha, NE) – See all my reviews

I truly love this movie when I need to totally vanish from real life for a couple of hours. I wholeheartedly agree with the comments about how it goes from fun to serious almost seamlessly, but one part has been overlooked. The visit to Audrey's mother, Peaches, is almost abrupt in its quietude ("Don't call me Lulu, call me Audrey" changes everything), and it makes you wonder how Audrey became as free-spirited as she is. Peaches is no dummy, either... she reads right through Charlie with an air of a woman resigned to never really knowing her daughter. This little visit is the bridge between the fun and scary, the surreal and frighteningly real, and asks more questions than it answers... which works perfectly.

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