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Wild at Heart (1990)

NC-17  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  17 August 1990 (USA)
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Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.



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Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

17 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

David Lynch's Wild at Heart  »

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$9,500,000 (estimated)


$14,560,247 (USA)

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Diane Ladd and Darrell Zwerling also appeared in Chinatown (1974). See more »


During the scene when Sailor's is running through a traffic jam to find Lula, a crew member and boom mic is visible in the reflection of one of the windows of a black van. See more »


Bobby Peru: I gotta take a piss bad, can I use your head?
Lula: Uh... yeah, I guess.
Bobby Peru: I don't mean your head-head. I'm not gonna piss on your head, your hair and all, I'm just gonna piss in the toilet. Y'all take a listen, you'll hear the deep sound comin' down from Bobby Peru.
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits play over footage of Sailor singing "Love Me Tender" to Lula, rather than a black screen. See more »


Referenced in Growing Pains: Ben's Sure Thing (1990) See more »


Written by Gene Vincent & Tex Davis
Performed by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (as Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps)
Published by Lowery Music Company, Incorporated (BMI)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
by Arrangement with Cema Special Markets
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This whole world is Wild at Heart and crazy on top
29 September 1999 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Wild at Heart begins with an arresting scene of bloody violence by one of the two lead characters, Sailor Ripley, and this immediately grabs our attention. After this he hooks up with his lover, Lula, who he fiercely protects, and goes on a bizarre road trip into the deep south of the states, while avoiding Lula's mother, played with passion by a deservedly Oscar-nominated Diane Ladd, who has an obsessive hatred for Sailor. They meet an assortment of weird people, especially Bobby Peru, and also Perdita Durango, who has appeared recently in a film with her name as the title, also written by Barry Gifford. It is classic David Lynch, with a homage type theme to the Wizard of Oz. It has the sensuality and eroticism later seen in Lost Highway, the violence and gore, the head sequence after the bank robbery being graphic, and a general uneasiness throughout. But it is a darkly humorous and transfixing piece.

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