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Wild at Heart (1990)

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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 »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) Lula talks about her Uncle Pooch dying in a car accident while vacationing in Myrtle Beach. As she speaks,a car is shown crashing down a mountainous ravine and bursting into flames. The goof: Myrtle Beach is a flat seaside town and there are no mountains or ravines like those shown for hundreds of miles around. See more »

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Lula: When'd you start smoking, Sail?
Sailor: I guess I started smoking when I was about... four. My momma was already dead then from lung cancer.
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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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Referenced in El Rey ha muerto (2001) See more »

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Love Me Tender
Written by Elvis Presley and Ken DarbY (as Vera Matson)
Performed by Nicolas Cage
Published by Elvis Presley Music
Administered by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Mesmerizing.
1 March 2005 | by (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

Recipient of the prestigious Palme d'Or award at Cannes, David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" is an amazingly brilliant spectacle for the senses. Bold splashes of deep red, curiously staged musical numbers (Nicolas Cage does his own singing – and he's great!), and the continuous references to "The Wizard of Oz" help create a surreal and dreamlike texture to the narrative. The story in brief: Sailor and Lula (excellent performances from both Nicolas Cage & Laura Dern); two broken souls passionately in love, flee the vengeful wrath of Lula's mother Marietta, who for reasons of her own will stop at nothing to ensure the lovers are kept apart. Diane Ladd practically steals the show in her brave portrayal of Lula's psychopathic mother Marietta. Gut wrenchingly violent in places, hopelessly romantic in others; Lynch has crafted an adult fairy tale worthy of multiple viewings. Recommended to those who enjoy and appreciate abstract methods of film-making – a definite 10/10!


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