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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Daniels ... Charles Driggs
Melanie Griffith ... Audrey Hankel
George 'Red' Schwartz George 'Red' Schwartz ... Counter Man (as George Schwartz)
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 Adelle Lutz ... Rose
Charles Napier ... Irate Chef
Jim Roche Jim Roche ... Motel Philosopher
John Sayles ... Motorcycle Cop
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Storyline

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Something Wild See more »

Filming Locations:

Quincy, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,825,717, 9 November 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The band that plays at the high school reunion is The Feelies, a favorite of Demme's. Demme shot the video for their song "Away". See more »

Goofs

When Charlie persuades Ray to let Audrey leave with him, they are sitting at a table in the center of the diner. After the couple have left, the waitress returns with the bill to Ray, who is suddenly sitting at a window table. See more »

Quotes

Ray Sinclair: Always keep 'em guessing, Charlie!
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Connections

Referenced in Dawson's Creek: Something Wild (2002) See more »

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Ooh! Aah!
Written by Ashley Cooper, Sidonia Thorpe, Harold Baile, Richard Walters, Alvin Campbell
Louis Marriot, Franklyn Campbell
Performed by Fabulous Five (as The Fabulous Five)
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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Two Movies In One
27 February 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

It's almost two films in one: a lighthearted sex fantasy ride for the first 50 minutes and then (when Ray Liotta appears) a suspenseful, violent thriller.

It's a strange movie, but certainly entertaining. However, I found that the more I watched this film, the more I didn't like it. It kept dropping ratings, from a 9 to a 7.6 to a 6. I guess I should have quit while I was ahead.

What annoyed me was Jeff Daniels and his role. What a irritating idiot! The only redeeming quality for watching him is to show how stupid we men act and have our lives ruined by the lure of sex from some young, pretty woman. Daniels constantly wears this stupid jerky smile on his face for that first hour unless Liotta wipes it off him.

Few people in the '80s and '90s could play psychotics was well as Liotta and few people in that same period could look and sound like such a sexy bimbo as Melanie Griffith, so both of them are effective in their roles. The only guy that is totally out of his element is Daniels, playing this huge boob (speaking of Griffith) who winds up reaping what he sows.

Yes, it still was an Interesting movie, but two viewings are enough.


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