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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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an above-average rom-com script crossbred with juicy pulp fiction, great stuff See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Daniels ... Charles Driggs

Melanie Griffith ... Lulu / Audrey Hankel

Ray Liotta ... Ray Sinclair
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
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)
 
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)
Peter Demme .... carpenter
Kathleen Dolan .... assistant props (as Kathy Dolan)
Chuck Esty .... carpenter
Jim Finguera .... scenic artist
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
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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Chris Isaak was up for the role of Ray Sinclair. He dropped out, due to finishing his self-titled second album.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:
Charlie Driggs:Look, if you don't turn around and take me back, you're gonna make me do something that I don't wanna do.
Audrey 'Lulu' Hankel:[grins] I can hardly wait, Charlie.
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
an above-average rom-com script crossbred with juicy pulp fiction, great stuff, 16 April 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Why can't more romantic comedies be like this? This question came to me while watching Something Wild, a little sleeper from the mid 80s from Jonathan Demme about a seemingly typical 80s NY businessman, Charlie (Jeff Daniels) who gets whisked away by a 'free-spirit' "Lulu" (Melanie Griffith). Well, probably because most people who watch the very typical romantic comedies probably don't watch it for the same reasons that those who love Something Wild do. There's maybe something to keep going through the dirge of crap that are among the films of decades and decades of romantic comedies, but it's finding one of the nuggets that counts (Love Actually, from 2003, is another one for example). And, perhaps, there might be a darker sensibility, or more thought put into it, in enjoying Something Wild.

It's a lot like Id-gone-Wild, in a sense. In the world of Something Wild, we're brought along with characters on a situation that would seem surreal on a Bunuel level (i.e. bourgeois brought along into the realm of sin and desire by some free-will temptress of the 'lower depths'), but there's a reality to it, a kind of down-to-earth level about the characters- and, more importantly for this, the actors playing them- and it elevates it past being either too strange or just too quirky. It's just about right, which is tough to dol you feel like cringing as Lulu calls up Charlie's boss while teasing him incredibly in the midst of kinky sex, but it's also so funny in how it all comes together that you just don't care, at least, enough, that it's anarchic.

So while it's enjoyable, at least on first sight, as a sort of freewheeling existentialist romp, like a French sex comedy clipped over on the 80s 'greed-is-good' motto, it has dark undertones that soon get darker and darker, thanks to Ray Liotta's Ray, who is Lulu/Audrey's real husband. At this point we feel like we're suddenly plopped into a pulp fiction piece, with the ex-con bad-ass going to town against the would-be rebel and his girl gone awry. But at the same time, for what Demme and his wonderful screenwriter have, it all works. What helps exponentially (if that's the word) is that Demme doesn't stray either into anything not honest within the boundaries of this situation. It might seem like a risk people wouldn't take in real life, or that the violence is pumped up to, again, pulp fiction territory, but in the logic of the piece- of the tricky deceit and the push-and-pull of the triangle of Charlie/Audrey/Ray- it's just awesomely achieved.

Again, the performances are a big asset to the film's suceess. Daniels matches very well that line between playing it innocent and the straight-shooter, the guy we're supposed to identify with as stuck middle-class citizens with families and green lawns, and as a rebel who just has to let some free will into his system now and again. Griffith is in one of her very best, not acting too precocious or annoying, and conveying in the little bits of 'regular' Audrey (i.e. the scene at her mother's) that there's more than meets the eye. And Liotta is so great that it's probably no wonder that he (maybe unfortunately) got typecast as a psycho. There's actually complexity that Liotta gets to, and in a way doesn't make Ray totally unlikeable; he is the villain, of course, but there's a charm that is like the ID unraveled completely as a guy who shoots guns, robs stores, and hits on girls whenever he can. All three make up such a terrific combo here.

It's crazy, it's awkward, it's a rip-roaring time, and it's even got heart too. For those who are tired of spoon-fed tripe by the studios, it's an excellent escape into one of the most unconventional (but most pleasantly genre-tastic) of the past 25 years

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