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Something Wild (1986)

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A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writer:

E. Max Frye
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Charles Driggs
Melanie Griffith ... Audrey Hankel
Ray Liotta ... Ray Sinclair
George 'Red' Schwartz George 'Red' Schwartz ... Counter Man (as George Schwartz)
Margaret Colin ... Irene
Leib Lensky Leib Lensky ... Frenchy
Tracey Walter ... The Country Squire
Maggie T. Maggie T. ... Country Squire Bulldog
Patricia Falkenhain Patricia Falkenhain ... Charlie's Secretary
Sandy McLeod Sandy McLeod ... Graves' Secretary
Robert Ridgely ... Richard Graves
Buzz Kilman Buzz Kilman ... TV Newscaster
Kenneth Utt ... Dad
Adelle Lutz ... Rose
Charles Napier ... Irate Chef
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The uneventful life of the businessman Charles Driggs suddenly changes when he meets the wild and sexy Lulu. When he accepts her offer to drive him back to his office, she instead takes him out of town and on a trip, leaving behind his old life. Posing as a married couple, Charles and "Audrey" (which turns out to be Lulu's real name) visit her mother and her high school reunion. At this reunion they meet Audrey's violent ex-husband Ray, who has just released from prison. When Ray makes it clear that he wants Audrey back, that is when the real trouble begins. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Something Different Something Daring Something Dangerous


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Trivia

Audrey's "Lulu" persona was loosely based on the silent film era actress Louise Brooks. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie Driggs pulls into the gas station and is first talking to the attendant, we see the Civil War re-enactor and the other station employee walk by twice in the same direction. See more »

Quotes

Audrey 'Lulu' Hankel: [shouting at Charlie] I get involved with a married man who isn't even married!
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Glenn Close/Black Crowes (1992) See more »

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Someone Like You
Written by John Doe (as John X. Doe), Exene Cervenka
Performed by The Knitters
Dave Alvin appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
John Doe / Exene Cervenka / D.J. Bonebreak appear courtesy of Elektra / Asylum Records
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Truly a Wild Entertainment
12 September 2009 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

Not even remotely corny like one would expect of a 1980s romantic comedy, this fierce, libidinous entertainment stars Jeff Daniels as Charlie, an externally button-down banker whose mojo is readily fluttered by audacity in women, and Melanie Griffith as Lulu, an alcoholic sex machine with an amply fertile mind. Daniels plays some of the same notes here that he used in Terms of Endearment, where he was the firm, competent, straitlaced husband and father who liked to have relations with perky coeds. He looks like he was born to wear a suit and a tie, but he has that insubordinate glint in the right light. Griffith's performance is founded not so much on sexual excitement as on nerve: She is able to persuade us, and Daniels, that she is likely to do almost anything, particularly if she thinks it might shock him.

Even while they're standing on the sidewalk in front of that restaurant and she's making like she's charging him with theft, there's a spark between them. The casting is critical in a movie like this. There has to be some kind of brutish cohesion between the man and the woman or it doesn't make any difference how sharp the dialogue is. Once they've made their connection, Daniels freely goes along for the ride. After awhile she even takes his handcuffs off, although he sort of liked the idea of having lunch in a restaurant with the cuffs dangling from one of his wrists.

They drive down the East Coast from New York to Tallahasee, while she steals money from cash registers and he capsizes into the conscious daydream of the sensually exhausted. At Griffith's high school reunion, Daniels runs into the last person he wants to see, the accountant from his office. And Griffith runs into the last person she wants to see, her husband, Ray Liotta. I will stop here. The uncertainty of the tension must not be ruined.

If Demme and screenwriter E. Max Frye had developed this movie as a madcap comedy, it most likely wouldn't have worked as well. Their feat is to think their characters through before the very first scene. They know all about Charlie and Lulu, and so what happens after the confrontation outside that restaurant is virtually inescapable, cnsidering who they are and how they look at each other. This is one of those few movies where the story acts shocked by what the characters do, and not the other way around.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Quincy, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,825,717, 9 November 1986

Gross USA:

$8,362,969

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,362,969
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Religioso Primitiva See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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