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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
Willem Dafoe ... Bobby Peru
J.E. Freeman ... Santos
Crispin Glover ... Dell
Diane Ladd ... Marietta Fortune
Calvin Lockhart ... Reggie
Isabella Rossellini ... Perdita
Harry Dean Stanton ... Johnnie Farragut
Grace Zabriskie ... Juana
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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A Love Story See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,913,764, 19 August 1990

Gross USA:

$14,560,247

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,560,247
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Laura Dern broke her "no nudity" clause for the film, saying she felt comfortable with director Lynch and that the love story warranted it. 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

Lula: Uh oh. Baby, you'd better get me back to that hotel. You got me hotter than Georgia asphalt.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

To avoid an X-rating in the USA, David Lynch added a smoky haze and spark impact to the shots where Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe) shoots himself with a shotgun and blows his head off. The second shot has the same smoky haze on it to hide the chunk of his head flying though the air. The effect made the removal of his head from his body less clear and muted the blood and gore and got the movie an "R" rating. The uncut version was released outside the USA, but since the David Lynch-approved DVD came out in the U.S. (the shot was altered there), the censored transfer has been used on worldwide DVD releases as well, while most of the versions with the bloodier version of the scene have gone out of print. Oddly enough, the more graphic version is still shown in TV airings in the U.S. on the Sundance Channel. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Natural Born Killers (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Spanish Sky
Written and Performed by Chris Isaak
Published by Isaak Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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This whole world is Wild at Heart and crazy on top
29 September 1999 | by AfraciousSee all my reviews

Wild at Heart begins with an arresting scene of bloody violence by one of the two lead characters, Sailor Ripley, and this immediately grabs our attention. After this he hooks up with his lover, Lula, who he fiercely protects, and goes on a bizarre road trip into the deep south of the states, while avoiding Lula's mother, played with passion by a deservedly Oscar-nominated Diane Ladd, who has an obsessive hatred for Sailor. They meet an assortment of weird people, especially Bobby Peru, and also Perdita Durango, who has appeared recently in a film with her name as the title, also written by Barry Gifford. It is classic David Lynch, with a homage type theme to the Wizard of Oz. It has the sensuality and eroticism later seen in Lost Highway, the violence and gore, the head sequence after the bank robbery being graphic, and a general uneasiness throughout. But it is a darkly humorous and transfixing piece.


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