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

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E. Max Frye (written by)
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Release Date:
7 November 1986 (USA) See more »
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Something Different Something Daring Something Dangerous
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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**** (Out of four) See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Daniels ... Charles Driggs

Melanie Griffith ... Audrey Hankel
George 'Red' Schwartz ... Counter Man (as George Schwartz)
Leib Lensky ... Frenchy

Tracey Walter ... 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

Charles Napier ... Irate Chef
Jim Roche ... Motel Philosopher

John Sayles ... Motorcycle Cop

John Waters ... Used Car Guy
The Texas Kid ... Hitchhiking Cowboy
Byron D. Hutcherson ... Hitchhiking Kid
Eleana Hutcherson ... Hitchhiking Kid
Thomas Cavano ... Guitar Player
Dorothy Demme ... Junk Store Gal
Emma Byrne ... Junk Store Gal
Dana Preu ... Peaches
Max the Dog ... Himself
Mary Ardella Drew ... Donna Penski
Joseph Lee Davis ... James Williams

Edward Saxon ... Kevin Stroup
The Feelies ... The Willies
James Hurd ... Stylish Reunion Couple
Joanna Kitchen-Hurd ... Stylish Reunion Couple
Jack Gilpin ... Larry Dillman
Su Tissue ... Peggy Dillman

Gary Goetzman ... Guido Paonessa

Margaret Colin ... Irene

Ray Liotta ... Ray Sinclair
Chloe Amateau ... Chloe
Dung Chau ... Robbery Victim
The Crew ... Gas Station Rappers
Steven Scales ... Nelson (as Steve Scales)
John Montgomery ... Harmonica Slim
Kristin Olsen ... Tracy
Heather Shaw ... Choir Girl
Vic Blair ... Cowboy Maitre d'
D. Stanton Miranda ... Darlene
Ding-a-Ling ... Motorcycle Dog
Johnny Marrs ... Motorcycle Driver
George Henry Wyche Jr. ... Police Officer
Marilee K. Smith ... Police Officer
Jeffrey R. Rioux ... Police Officer
Jeff Herig ... Police Officer
Gil Lazier ... Homicide Detective

Anna Levine ... The Girl in 3F
'Sister' Carol East ... Dottie (as 'Sister Carol' East)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Denise Ashlynd ... Tina - Waitress (uncredited)
Gary Bishop ... Civil War Reenactor (uncredited)
Joanna Daniels ... Joanne (uncredited)
Drummond Erskine ... Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
 
Writing credits
E. Max Frye (written by)

Produced by
Ronald M. Bozman .... associate producer (as Ron Bozman)
Jonathan Demme .... producer
Bill Miller .... associate producer
Edward Saxon .... executive producer
Kenneth Utt .... producer
 
Original Music by
Laurie Anderson 
John Cale 
 
Cinematography by
Tak Fujimoto (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Craig McKay 
 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia  (as Risa Bramon)
Billy Hopkins 
 
Production Design by
Norma Moriceau 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen J. Lineweaver  (as Steve Lineweaver)
 
Set Decoration by
William F. Reynolds  (as Billy Reynolds)
 
Costume Design by
Norma Moriceau 
 
Makeup Department
Alan D'Angerio .... hair department head
 
Production Management
Kenneth Utt .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald M. Bozman .... first assistant director (as Ron Bozman)
James Greenhut .... second assistant director: New York (as Jim Greenhut)
Dana J. Kuznetzkoff .... dga trainee (as Dana Kuznetzkoff)
Kyle McCarthy .... second assistant director
David Sardi .... second assistant director: New York
 
Art Department
Richard Adee .... set dresser (as Rich Adee)
Kathy Bird .... art department assistant
Peter Demme .... carpenter
Kathleen Dolan .... assistant props (as Kathy Dolan)
Chuck Esty .... carpenter
Jim Finguera .... scenic artist (as Jim Finguerra)
Clay A. Griffith .... art department assistant (as Clay Griffith)
Jerry Holt .... construction supervisor
Winston Ford Lawless .... assistant props (as Winston 'Ford' Lawless)
Ann Miller .... property master (as Annie Miller)
Kevin Oates .... set dresser
Jiggs Walker .... assistant props (as Lewis 'Jiggs' Walker)
Susan Inge Wood .... scenic artist (as Susan Wood)
John Dahl .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Byron K. Lovelace .... property master: New York second unit (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Louis Bertini .... sound assistant
Harriet Fidlow .... adr editor (as Harriet Winn)
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Graziadei .... sound recordist
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Michael Moyse .... sound editor
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Yvette Nabel .... adr assistant
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Lynn Sable .... sound assistant
Jill Searchinger .... sound assistant
Reilly Steele .... adr recordist
Ann Stein .... adr editor (as Anne Stein)
Paul Trejo .... sound editor
Li-Shin Yu .... sound apprentice (as Li Shin Yu)
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunt double: Ray (as Billy Anagnos)
Debbi A. Davison .... stunt double
Debbie Ellis .... stunt double: Lulu (as Debbi Ellis)
Larry Holt .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunt coordinator
John Robotham .... stunt double: Charlie
George Marshall Ruge .... stunt double: Ray
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Brennan .... best boy
Mike DePrez .... assistant camera: second unit
John Donohue .... key grip
Gene Engels .... electrician
S. Karin Epstein .... still photographer
James W. Finnerty .... dolly grip (as Jim Finnerty Jr.)
Bill Gerardo .... assistant camera (as Billy Gerardo)
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera
Andrea 'Maude' Graham .... grip
Kurt Illinger .... electrician
Tony C. Jannelli .... camera operator (as Tony Janelli)
Brian Marshall .... grip
Jim Meade .... grip
Charles Meere .... gaffer (as Charlie Meere)
Tom Schurke .... video engineer
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
John Smith .... best boy
 
Casting Department
Beth Henley Cavano .... extras casting (as Beth Cavano)
Heidi Levitt .... casting assistant
Lisa Peterson .... casting assistant
Riccardo Bertoni .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugenie Bafaloukos .... costume supervisor (as Eugenie Bafaloukas)
Rita Barbera .... wardrobe supervisor
Michael Forcade .... wardrobe supervisor
Julie Hill-Parker .... wardrobe supervisor (as Julie Parker)
Jacqueline Pinon .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Reid Burns .... color timer
Rudy Gaskins .... assistant editor
J. Kathleen Gibson .... assistant editor
Howard Gindoff .... assistant editor
Bill Johnson .... second assistant editor
Alisa Lepselter .... apprentice editor
Anne Sawyer .... apprentice editor (as Ann Sawyer)
Diane Schaub .... first assistant editor
Camilla Toniolo .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Sharon Boyle .... music supervisor
Gary Goetzman .... musical consultant
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Eric Liljestrand .... score recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
John Leonidas .... transportation coordinator
Dennis Radesky .... transportation captain
John H. Stephens .... driver
Timothy Stephens .... driver: trailers (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Grace Blake .... production office coordinator
Vince Burns .... production assistant
Parnes Cartwright .... production assistant
Donna Chase .... production assistant
Diana Chingos .... assistant production office coordinator
R.W. Dixon .... production assistant
Robin Fajardo .... assistant: Ken Utt
Loretta Farb .... production associate
Richard Guay .... production auditor
Gus Holzer .... production associate
Larry Kaplan .... unit publicist
Bill Largin .... production assistant
Jacek Laskus .... creative consultant
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Pat MacEnulty .... assistant production office coordinator
Sandy McLeod .... script supervisor
Steve Rose .... location manager: New York (as Steven Rose)
Nancy Savoca .... assistant auditor
Annie Spiegelman .... production assistant
Dawn Steinberg .... production assistant (as Dawn Sydney Steinberg)
Jim Van Voris .... production assistant
Mark Witzen .... production assistant
Michelle Hartly .... coordinator (uncredited)
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Irving Azoff .... thanks
Steve Baker .... thanks
John 'Tim' Bowling .... thanks
Jay Chattaway .... thanks
Percy Chin .... thanks
Tony Fitzpatrick .... thanks
Andrea 'Maude' Graham .... thanks
Jah Life .... thanks
Jerry Masucci .... thanks
Kathy Nelson .... thanks
Chip Taylor .... thanks
Mark Wolfson .... thanks
 

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114 min
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Trivia:
Jonathan Demme later directed The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Ray Liotta later appeared in the sequel Hannibal (2001).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Beer is purchased in a convenience store in Pennsylvania (a PA Lottery sticker is on the door). Beer cannot be purchased in convenience stores in PA.See more »
Quotes:
Ray Sinclair:[mocking Charlie] Do-do-do, do-da-do-do-do.See more »
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54 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
**** (Out of four), 23 August 1999
Author: halnexus from USA

Jeff Daniels has been the type of actor whose films are always shown on "The Late Late Movie". His career has been built as playing the normal guy in increasingly odder movies. He's taken on the B-movie genre ("Arachnophobia"), trippy cult sci-fi ("Disaster in Time"), nostalgia-fueled Woody Allen comedies ("The Purple Rose of Cairo"), and even the occasional abominable romance ("Love Stinks", "The Butcher's Wife"). And then there's "Something Wild", a film which defies any possible classification. It's a love story, a road movie, a thriller, a comedy of errors, an 80's movie and most of all, it's a Jonathan Demme movie.

Made in 1986, the film has a logical kind of pre-thinking which is both subtle and amazing. Daniels plays Charlie Driggs, an uptight New York City businessman whose life goes into overdrive when he meets "Lulu" (Melanie Griffith), a wacky free spirit with a pair of handcuffs, a bottle of Scotch and a sexuality which seems to be inspired not by the Madonna-esque charades of the time but on past screen legends as Louise Brooks and Mae West. After meeting in a corner restaurant where it seems all of the customers have their own interesting stories to tell, Demme and screenwriter E. Max Frye focus on these two people and the various destinies their meeting awaits, the least of which involves Lulu's ex-husband (Ray Liotta), fresh out of prison and demanding an explanation for Lulu's fading love for him.

Of course I'm making this film seem like another one of those standard Hollywood claptraps. Yet it's not. Together with regular cinematographer Tak Fujimoto, Demme plunges us into a world which seems at first like a homespun portrait of Americana, complete with minor characters who seem to have life beyond the screen (the Motel Philosopher; John Waters' crooked car salesman; Charlie's protege and his very pregnant, very introverted wife; Lulu's unexpectedly wise mother). Later, however, the film uses its keen sense of characterization to subtly show the effects of the various kindnesses of strangers (the gas-station attendant, the little girl outside the church, a naive teen named Tracy). All of this is done in a style that is both unique and mesmerizing, as Demme keeps shifting the gears of his story so the audience doesn't know what will happen next.

And then there's the Liotta character. This is one of the great supporting performances of contemporary cinema, as Liotta's presence lets another dimension of atmosphere pervade its way through this already quirky film,lifting it beyond the ranks into greatness. Displaying a level of intelligence which is both dangerous and striking, Liotta conjures up a performance which he would later reprise in Jonathan Kaplan's inferior "Unlawful Entry", a film which, unfortunately, did considerably better at the box office than this one. Nevertheless, Liotta proves exactly what Scorsese saw in him when he was casting "Goodfellas": his smarmy underhandedness and sneaky intrusions would prove similar to those he would display playing Henry Hill in that Mafia masterpiece.

Another one of "Something Wild"'s many strengths is its soundtrack. The film contains many of what I have described as "30-second rock interludes", but in this case, it's done with so much style and cinematic know-how that it does not take away from the story. Instead, Demme uses the stereotype that many of his MTV-obsessed colleagues employed and turns it on its head. Instead of using music for music's sake, Demme uses an eclectic mix of reggae (Sister Carol, Jimmy Cliff, UB40), oldies (many performed by the Feelies during the reunion sequence), and Laurie Anderson and John Cale's solo guitar riff and blends the sound to the images so it looks as if the film is being told by a pseudo-Greek chorus of African-American subculture which stands apart from this story of libidos and materialism run awry.

This film is shown on Comedy Central many, many times. However, it has been severely edited due to commercial restraints and is also shown during the wrong time of day. This is a midnight movie, a film which is meant to be discovered while flipping the dials on your television set during restless bouts of insomnia. Like "Blade Runner" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", this cult movie feeds upon a nocturnal atmosphere and is as a result all the more effective. I haven't even mentioned Griffith's performance, which is her best, even better than "Working Girl". Her squeaky voice and demeanor hints at oceans of emotion behind this problematic woman, and you find yourself caring for this mismatched couple even as Liotta terrorizes the screen. "Friends?" Liotta asks Daniels, manipulating his thoughts so easily that Daniels hardly knows what to say or what to do. The audience sits spellbound, experiencing the same degree of uncertainty over this eccentrically exquisite movie.

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