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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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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Laura Dern broke her no-nudity clause for the film, In a 1990 interview she said "I'd never done nudity in a movie; I've never sort of condoned it for myself, but David wanted it, and I was completely comfortable with it because that love story was so protected. There's never a moment where you feel anything is exploited. I'm interested to see what the American reviewers talk about compared to the Europeans, who really didn't question it much." See more »

Goofs

When the policeman approaches Perdita who's waiting in the car, a shadow from either crew or equipment can be seen briefly on his hat. See more »

Quotes

Sailor: Honey, you ain't gonna begin worrying now about what's bad for you? I mean, here you are, crossing state lines with a 'A' number one certified murderer. Murderer.
Lula: A manslaughterer, honey, not murderer. Don't exaggerate.
Sailor: Okay, manslaughterer - who just broke parole and got nothin' in mind but immoral purposes, as far as you're concerned.
Lula: Thank the Lord! Well, you ain't let me down yet Sail'. It's more than I can say for the rest of the world.
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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 »

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Written by John Ewing, Charles Thomas, Charles Lane, Jesse Sailes, Russell Weathers, Herbert Permillion
Performed by John Ewing and the Allstars
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Inventive, bleak romance drama has power
11 December 1999 | by emmSee all my reviews

A real stimulatingly offbeat exhibition from Lynch is the dark and wild backdrop of a romantically engaged traveling pair: "Sailor" who is on parole after committing a brutal murder, and "Lula" whose mother demands her to return from a spoiled trip to Texas with help from a detective. It's a twisted, artsy journey that is often repulsive and long to boot (and certainly not for the squeamish!), but fares inventive at a certain degree and boasts some of the strongest performances ever worked on a Lynch film, perhaps even in 1990. Cage's concert act and the magically rendered semi-ending are two classic acclaims put together in this moving cinematic collage.

RATING: * * *


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,913,764, 19 August 1990

Gross USA:

$14,560,247

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,561,425
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Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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