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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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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17 August 1990 (USA)  »

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$9,500,000 (estimated)

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$14,560,247 (USA)
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David Lynch wrote the additional music for the film. See more »

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When they are in bed - he has a shirt on in one shot, the other one it's off, and then on again. See more »

Quotes

Marcelles Santos: You want me to shoot Sailor... in the brains... with a gun?
Marietta Fortune: Yes.
Marcelles Santos: In the forehead?
Marietta Fortune: Yes.
Marcelles Santos: Wrong. It's always better to blow a hole through the back of the head, right through to the bridge of the nose. Lots of irreparable brain damage.
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The ending credits play over footage of Sailor singing "Love Me Tender" to Lula, rather than a black screen. See more »

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Wrinkles
Written by Lafayette Leake
Performed by The Big Three Trio
Published by Hoochie Coochie Music
Administered by Bug (BMI)
Courtesy of MCA Records
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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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