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Wild at Heart (1990)

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Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Director:

David Lynch

Writers:

Barry Gifford (novel), David Lynch (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Sailor Ripley
Laura Dern ... Lula Fortune
Willem Dafoe ... Bobby Peru
J.E. Freeman ... Marcelles Santos
Crispin Glover ... Dell
Diane Ladd ... Marietta Fortune
Calvin Lockhart ... Reggie
Isabella Rossellini ... Perdita Durango
Harry Dean Stanton ... Johnnie Farragut
Grace Zabriskie ... Juana Durango
Sherilyn Fenn ... Girl in Accident
Marvin Kaplan ... Uncle Pooch
William Morgan Sheppard ... Mr. Reindeer (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
David Patrick Kelly ... Dropshadow
Freddie Jones ... George Kovich
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Storyline

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

David Lynch's Wild at Heart See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,560,247
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two distinct references to American thrash metal are made in the film: first, the band that plays in the club where Sailor and Lula go dancing is Powermad, who were from Minneapolis. The 2nd occurs very late in the film when a gang member wears a Metallica shirt. See more »

Goofs

When Sailor leaves Lula, and Lula cries out "SAILOR!!!" in close-up, the image is reversed. Lula's hair is normally "waved" to her left, but in this shot, her hair is "waved" to her right. See more »

Quotes

Juana Durango: [Durango's scream wakes up Johnnie Farragut]
Juana Durango: [Sniffs him] I smell your shit now, Johnnie.
Juana Durango: Give us one more kiss, Reggie!
Juana Durango: [while kissing Reggie frantically] Fuck me! Fuck me. Fuck me!
[pause]
Juana Durango: Fuck that!
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits play over footage of Sailor singing "Love Me Tender" to Lula, rather than a black screen. See more »

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First Movement
Written and Performed by Duke Ellington and Ray Brown
Published by Pablito Publishing Co. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Pablo Records
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One Of The Best - And Probably Craziest - Road Movies Of All Time
11 February 2018 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

Typical David Lynch (translate: fantastic visuals, crazy characters and scenes and great music). Yet unlike many of his other movies, this one is easy to follow and not quite as surreal. Cage and Dern are marvelous, but the best performance comes from Willem Dafoe as Bobby Peru. One of the best road movies (and probably the craziest). 9 stars out of 10.

In case you're interested in more underrated masterpieces, here's some of my favorites:

imdb.com/list/ls070242495


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