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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

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Dorothy Vallens
Jeffrey Beaumont
Frank Booth
Sandy Williams
Mrs. Williams
George Dickerson ...
Detective Williams
Mrs. Beaumont
Aunt Barbara
Jack Harvey ...
Mr. Beaumont
Ken Stovitz ...
J. Michael Hunter ...
Dick Green ...
Don Vallens
Fred Pickler ...
Yellow Man
Philip Markert ...
Dr. Gynde
Leonard Watkins ...
Double Ed
Moses Gibson ...
Double Ed
Nurse Cindy
Peter Carew ...
Jon Jon Snipes ...
Little Donny
Piano Player (as Andy Badale)
Jean Pierre Viale ...
Master of Ceremonies
Donald Moore ...
Desk Sergeant
A. Michelle Depland ...
Party Girl
Michelle Sasser ...
Party Girl
Katie Reid ...
Party Girl
Sparky ...
The Dog
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred C. Caruso ...
The Ear (uncredited)
Robert J. Maxwell ...
Slow Club Customer (uncredited)

Directed by

David Lynch

Written by

David Lynch ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Fred C. Caruso ... producer (as Fred Caruso)
Richard Nolan Roth ... executive producer (as Richard Roth)
Dino De Laurentiis ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Angelo Badalamenti

Cinematography by

Frederick Elmes ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Duwayne Dunham

Editorial Department

Donah Bassett ... negative cutter (as Donnah Bassett)
Brian Berdan ... apprentice editor
Tim Craig ... apprentice editor
Jonathan P. Shaw ... assistant editor (as Jonathan Shaw)
Mary Sweeney ... assistant editor
Daniel Frisch ... post-production assistant (uncredited)

Casting By

Pat Golden
Pamela Guest
Johanna Ray

Production Design by

Patricia Norris

Set Decoration by

Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur

Makeup Department

Jeff Goodwin ... makeup supervisor
Dean Jones ... special effects makeup
Barbara Page ... assistant makeup artist / hair stylist
Dean Gates ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Fred C. Caruso ... production manager (as Fred Caruso)
Gail Kearns ... production supervisor (as Gail M. Kearns)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Ellen Rauch ... first assistant director
Ian Woolf ... second assistant director

Art Department

Michel Anderson ... props-set dresser
Shaw Burney ... set prop man
Catherine Davis ... art department assistant
Vernon Harrell ... props-set dresser
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur ... property master (as Tantar Leviseur)
Tanya Lowe ... scenic artist
Loren McNamara ... props-set dresser (as Loren Mcnamara)
Les Pendleton ... construction coordinator (as Les Pendelton)
Paul Sebastian ... props-set dresser
Dawn Serody ... draftsperson
Robert Testerman ... chief scenic artist
Tim Viereck ... lead carpenter
Arron Waitz ... props set dresser
Doug White ... props-set dresser
Keith Darwin ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Frank Silva ... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark S. Turner ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Harley Whitehurst ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

Alan Abrams ... assistant sound editor
Mark Berger ... re-recording mixer
Todd Boekelheide ... music re-recording mixer
Karen Brocco ... assistant sound editor
Frank E. Eulner ... sound assistant (as Frank Eulner)
Rob Fruchtman ... sound editor
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam ... dialogue editor (as Vivien Gilliam)
Sarah Goldsmith ... assistant sound editor (as Sarah Rothenberg)
Richard Hymns ... sound effects editor
Pat Jackson ... sound editor
Ann Kroeber ... sound mixer
Patrick Moriarty ... boom operator
John Morris ... assistant sound editor
John Nutt ... dialogue editor
David Parker ... re-recording mixer
Paige Sartorius ... assistant sound editor (as Page Sartorius)
Michael Silvers ... dialogue editor
Alan Splet ... Sound Designer
Dennie Thorpe ... foley artist
John Verbeck ... assistant sound editor
Jim Bridges ... sound (uncredited)
Frank E. Eulner ... assistant sound editor (uncredited) / assistant sound supervisor (uncredited) / sound recordist (uncredited)
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

George R. Hill ... special effects (as George Hill)
Greg Hull ... special effects


Reginald Barnes Jr. ... stunt performer
David Boushey ... stunt performer
Robert Burton ... stunt performer
Mark Fincannon ... stunt performer (as W. Mark Fincannon)
Richard Langdon ... stunt coordinator
Sherrie Ann Langdon ... stunt performer
John W. McEuen ... stunt performer (as John W. Mceuen)
Dean Mumford ... stunt performer
Debra Shuckman ... stunt performer (as Debra Schuckman)
Ken Sprunt Jr. ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

Jock Brandis ... rigging
Donne Daniels ... key grip
Mark Shane Davis ... dolly grip (as Mark Davis)
Monte Dhooge ... electrical department
Lex duPont ... first assistant camera (as Lex Dupont)
Tim Farrow ... electrical department
Austin Goss ... rigging
Mike Hall ... rigger
Douglas Evan Hersh ... rigging (as Doug Hersh)
Robert Hoelen ... rigging
Neil Holcomb ... electrical department
Michael Katz ... gaffer
Ross Kolman ... rigging
Joe C. Maxwell ... best boy (as Joe Maxwell)
Umberto Montiroli ... still photographer
David Rudd ... camera assistant
Roger Russ ... electrical department
David Salamone ... electrical department (as Dave Salamone)
Dennis E. Shelton ... electrical department (as Dennis Shelton)
Anthony Stephens ... grip department (as Tony Stephens)
David W. Strong ... rigging (as David Strong)
James Tomaro ... rigging
Steve Venetis ... rigging chief
Franklin Williams Jr. ... generator operator (as Frank Williams)
Jeff Williams ... grip department
Jay W. Yowler ... rigging (as Jay Yawler)
Joe D'Alessandro ... grip (uncredited)
Dan Kneece ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Katherine Ray ... intern (uncredited)

Casting Department

Sharon Bialy ... casting assistant
Nina Axelrod ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Gloria Glynn ... costume shop supervisor (as Gloria Laughridge)
Ronald Leamon ... costumer
Henry Earl Lewis ... set wardrobe

Location Management

Morris Atkins ... location coordinator
Edward Bowen ... location assistant (as Edward Bown)

Music Department

Mark Adler ... music editor
Angelo Badalamenti ... conductor
Sandina Bailo-Lape ... assistant music editor
Todd Boekelheide ... music re-recording mixer
David Lynch ... composer: additional music

Script and Continuity Department

Rena Sternfeld-Allon ... script supervisor (as Rina Sternfeld)

Transportation Department

John Bankson ... driver
Doug DuRose ... driver (as Doug Du Rose)
Pat Hill ... transportation coordinator (as Patricia Hill)
Cynthia Jarose ... driver
A. Welch Lambeth ... driver (as Welch Lambeth)

Other crew

Celia Claire Barnes ... production assistant
Frank Behnke ... intern associate
Peter Braatz ... intern associate
Mary Bridges ... craft service
Patty Clark ... production assistant
Kathryn Colbert ... production office coordinator
Chrissie Davis ... production secretary (as Sarah Christine Davis)
Steve Day ... production assistant
Roe Fonvielle ... production assistant
Cindy J. Gray ... assistant accountant (as Cindy Jo Gray)
Bobby Kearns ... production assistant (as Robert Kearns)
Kathi Levine ... assistant accountant
Lyn Lucibello ... auditor (as Rita M. Lucibello)
Jennifer Lynch ... production assistant
John Wentworth ... assistant: David Lynch
John Wildermuth ... key production assistant
Greg Ferris ... marketing: Canada (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

College student Jeffrey Beaumont returns to his idyllic hometown of Lumberton to manage his father's hardware store while his father is hospitalized. Walking though a grassy meadow near the family home, Jeffrey finds a severed human ear. After an initial investigation, lead police Detective John Williams advises Jeffrey not to speak to anyone about the case as they investigate further. Detective Williams also tells Jeffrey that he cannot divulge any information about what the police know. Detective Williams' high school aged daughter, Sandy Williams, tells Jeffrey what she knows about the case from overhearing her father's private conversations on the matter: that it has to do with a nightclub singer named Dorothy Vallens, who lives in an older apartment building near the Beaumont home. His curiosity getting the better of him, Jeffrey, with Sandy's help, decides to find out more about the woman at the center of the case by breaking into Dorothy's apartment while he knows she's at work. What Jeffrey finds is a world unfamiliar to him, one that he doesn't truly understand but one that he is unable to deny the lure of despite the inherent dangers of being associated with a possible murder. Still, he is torn between this world and the prospect of a relationship with Sandy, the two who are falling for each other, despite Sandy already being in a relationship with Mike, the school's star football player. Written by Huggo

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Taglines It's a strange world. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Blue Velvet: Verbotene Blicke (Germany)
  • Terciopelo azul (Spain)
  • Vellut blau (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Veludo Azul (Portugal)
  • Плави сомот (Serbia)
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  • 120 min
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Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $789,409, 21 Sep 1986

Did You Know?

Trivia In an interview, Dennis Hopper claimed that writer/director David Lynch would never say the word "fuck" during filming, he would simply point to the line in the script and say "that word". Hopper laughed, saying "He can write it, but he won't say it. He's a peculiar man." Lynch has said this isn't exactly true, but he didn't want to charge the atmosphere anymore than it already was. See more »
Goofs Jeffrey's cheek wound disappears in some scenes. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Blue Velvet See more »
Quotes Frank Booth: Hey you wanna go for a ride?
Jeffrey Beaumont: No thanks.
Frank Booth: No thanks? What does that mean?
Jeffrey Beaumont: I don't wanna go.
Frank Booth: Go where?
Jeffrey Beaumont: For a ride.
Frank Booth: A ride! Now that's a good idea!
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