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Lost Highway (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  21 February 1997 (USA)
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After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Roselius ...
Louis Eppolito ...
Ed (as Lou Eppolito)
Jenna Maetlind ...
Party Girl
Guard Mike
Forewoman (voice)
Leonard Termo ...
Judge (voice)
Ivory Ocean ...
Guard Ivory
David Byrd ...
Gene Ross ...
Warden Clements


Fred Madison, a saxophonist, is accused under mysterious circumstances of murdering his wife Renee. On death row, he inexplicably morphs into a young man named Pete Dayton, leading a completely different life. When Pete is released, his and Fred's paths begin to cross in a surreal, suspenseful web of intrigue, orchestrated by a shady gangster boss named Dick Laurent. Written by <jdean@gslink.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bizarre violent and sexual content, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carretera perdida  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$212,710 (USA) (21 February 1997)


$3,796,699 (USA) (18 April 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The back of the region 4 DVD has a "Welcome to the universe of David Lynch" sign. It states: - 1. Don't look for it, there is no exit... - 2. Forget it, there is no way out... - 3. Forget it, it's a deadlock... See more »


Mystery Man: Call Me. Dial your number. Go ahead.
[Fred dials the number and the Mystery Man answers]
Mystery Man: [over the phone] I told you I was here.
Fred Madison: [amused] How'd you do that?
Mystery Man: Ask me.
[Fred's facial expression turns from amused to serious as he's clearly rembering the anonymous video tapes]
Fred Madison: [angrily into the phone] How did you get inside my house?
Mystery Man: [voice] You invited me. It is not my custom to go where I am not wanted.
Fred Madison: [into the phone] Who are you?
[Both Mystery Men laugh mechanically]
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Referenced in The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp (2004) See more »


Written by Billy Corgan
Produced and Mixed by Billy Corgan
Performed by Smashing Pumpkins
Recorded at Soundworks (Chicago)
Mixed at Chung King (New York)
Recording Engineer: Jeff Moleski
Mixing Engineer: Neil Perry
Technical Engineer: Tommy Lipnick
Assisted by J. Nicholas, G. Langis
© 1996 Chrysalis Songs/Cinderful Music (BMI)
The Smashing Pumpkins appear courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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User Reviews

It doesn't matter that the pieces fit.
16 February 1999 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I started this film upon renting it one night at 11:00 PM. I finished at about 1 in the morning. I was so stunned and awestruck that I stayed up until 3 in the morning to watch it again. This is one of the most spell-binding movies I have ever seen. Each time I see it my theory of the plot thickens. What I love about the movie is that it leaves you with the option to fill in the blanks. You will keep asking what happened and why that happened, but that is what makes the movie so awesome. David Lynch's skewed opinion of reality is very inspiring and I feel that my reality has changed ever since I watched it. Having watched it 13 times I can pretty safely say that my theory of the plot is set, but I still love to ponder exactly why.

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