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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sailor Ripley
... Lula Fortune
... Bobby Peru
... Marcelles Santos
... Dell
... Marietta Fortune
... Reggie
... Perdita Durango
... Johnnie Farragut
... Juana Durango
... Girl in Accident
... Uncle Pooch
... Mr. Reindeer (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
... Dropshadow
... 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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17 August 1990 (USA)  »

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David Lynch's Wild at Heart  »

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$9,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,560,247
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Trivia

Several cast members were culled from David Lynch's then-active TV series, Twin Peaks (1990), which he temporarily left to make this film. Sherilyn Fenn, Grace Zabriskie, David Patrick Kelly, Sheryl Lee and Jack Nance were all either regular or recurring characters on the series. Laura Dern did not appear on the series, but did appear in the revival series nearly three decades later. Harry Dean Stanton appeared in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), and later joined the cast of the revival series. See more »

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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 »

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Marcelles Santos: You want me to shoot Sailor... in the brains... with a gun?
Marietta Fortune: Yes.
Marcelles Santos: In the forehead?
Marietta Fortune: Yes.
Marcelles Santos: Wrong. It's always better to blow a hole through the back of the head, right through to the bridge of the nose. Lots of irreparable brain damage.
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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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References Yojimbo (1961) 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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Lynch on the road to hell
12 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

The most creative and controversial director in cinema is back with a road-movie! Wild at Heart is one rough roller coaster ride and a typical Lynch-cocktail of violence, sex and of course…bizarre characters. I challenge you to find one personality in this film that could be referred to as a ‘normal human being'. As usually, Lynch introduces a bunch of wicked individuals in his film who're all messed up in the head pretty bad. Yet, I feel like Wild at Heart might be Lynch's most accessible film (outside The Elephant Man and The Straight Story). The structure remains chronological and quite easy to follow. Unlike the previous Blue Velvet, I feel like the plot and development of Wild at Heart is a bit inferior to the wonderful photography. The greatest aspects in the screenplay are in fact the delicious side-chapters that are told without absolute necessity. Like the story about Lula's cousin Dell (Crispin Glover), the torture of Harry Dean Stanton's character and the nasty and disturbing images of a car accident the protagonists come across. These are the little sequences that truly prove Lynch's talent as a storyteller. Overall and simply put: this movie is COOL! It's a joy to watch and you really hate to love some of the offensive characters. Willem Dafoe takes the cake as Bobby Peru. His portrayal is a neat follow-up to Blue Velvet's Frank Booth. Peru is a filthy and despicable pervert with itchy-trigger-fingers! It's a damn shame he hasn't got any more screen time. Wild at Heart surely isn't the greatest masterpiece out there, but you should love it for what it is: an absurd and entertaining adventure with a couple of thought-provoking values and an extraordinary love-lesson.


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