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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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Did You Know?


In 2003 Austrian composers Olga Neuwirth and Elfriede Jelinek turned the film into an opera, basing it off of David Lynch and Barry Gifford's screenplay. Reportedly the first act of the opera is spoken word, where as the second act is sung. See more »


[laying on the ground with his throat slashed by Fred and the Mystery Man]
Mr. Eddy: [gagging from his bloody throat] What do you guys want?
[the Mystery Man pulls out a hand-held Watchman TV and gives it to Mr. Eddy who looks on it to see an interior of Andy's house at night with with Mr. Eddy and Renee watching a snuff-porno film while fondling each other beside the projector. The image suddenly changes back to Fred and the Mystery Man standing before him in the frame]
Mystery Man: Now you can hand it back.
Mr. Eddy: [...]
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Referenced in Les chemins de l'oued (2002) See more »


I'm Deranged
Written by David Bowie and Brian Eno
Courtesy of Tintoretto Music (BMI) and Upala Music (BMI)
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of Jones Music and Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Possibly the strangest film ever made.
23 July 2004 | by (Brighton, England) – See all my reviews

The thing that's great about Lost Highway is there is no absolute solution to the events in the film, everything about the film is open to interpretation and after you watch it you either need to thing and talk about it for a couple of hours or watch it again. In Mulholland Drive, people say that it needs to be watched twice to be fully understood. Lost highway needs to be watched about 3 or 4 time to be slightly understood and will probably never be fully understood. All the clues are there in the film but to include all of them to make sense is very difficult. However it is very rewarding to try and find out the meaning of Lost Highway.

Although it is described as a modern film-noir, it's more inspired by Alfred Hitchcock. The use of music to increase the suspense of the film is used a lot here and in many Hitchcock films such as Psycho. Even if you cant work out what it is about, it is still a very tense thriller.

Final Score – 10/10

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