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

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John Roselius ...
Al
Louis Eppolito ...
Ed (as Lou Eppolito)
Jenna Maetlind ...
Party Girl
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Guard Mike
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Forewoman (voice)
Leonard Termo ...
Judge (voice)
Ivory Ocean ...
Guard Ivory
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David Byrd ...
Gene Ross ...
Warden Clements
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Storyline

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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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

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$3,796,699 (USA) (18 April 1997)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The house that Fred Madison lives in, along with most of the furniture in it, belongs to, and was designed by David Lynch. See more »

Quotes

Ed: Do you own a video camera?
Renee Madison: No. Fred hates them.
Fred Madison: I like to remember things my own way.
Ed: What do you mean by that?
Fred Madison: How I remembered them. Not necessarily the way they happened.
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References Kiss Me Deadly (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Performed by Barry Adamson appearing courtesy of Mute Records Ltd.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products.
Written by Barry Adamson (courtesy of Mute Songs and Windswept Pacific) and contains excerpts from
1) "Spooky"
Written by Harry Middlebrooks (as H. Middlesbrooke), Mike Shapiro (as M. Shapiro),
'Buddy Buie' (as B. Buie) and J.R. Cobb and published by Lowery Music Co. Inc.
2) "Blues Lines"
Written by Robert del Naja (as R. Del Naja), Grant Marshall (as G. Marshall),
Mushroom Vowles (as A. Vowles) and Tricky (as A. Thaws) and published by Island Music Ltd. and
3) "Le Temps Des Souvenirs"
Written by Jacques Datin (as J.J. Datin), Maurice Vidalin (as M. Vidalin) and Charles Blackwell (as C. Blackwell) and published by EMI Limited Partnership Ltd.
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Stunning.
1 December 1999 | by (Hazelhurst, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Lighting. That's the thing I remembered most from the first time I saw this film. Amazing lighting. Certain directors, Lynch included, are able to tell the story using camera movement, what's seen/not seen. Lynch, however, has taken that a step further with the way he chooses to light his scenes - he sculpts his shots in a manner that seems almost more like a theatrical lighting designer's work. The use of shadows within the home, the stark colors that accompany certain scenes, even the car lighting in the titles - all of this is used to draw the audience's attention to a certain point, and all of it thrills. With the terse, "European art-film" dialogue style (at first the most distancing thing I found in Lynch's work, it is now one of my favorite elements), sharp sound work, a strong cast, and the marvelous, spiralling structure of the film only reinforcing it's strongest feature - its atmosphere - this is a work that will be discussed long after the credits fade. In my short 22 years, the best film I've seen, bar none.


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