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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

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Laura Palmer's harrowing final days are chronicled one year after the murder of Teresa Banks, a resident of Twin Peaks' neighboring town.

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David Lynch
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheryl Lee ... Laura Palmer
Ray Wise ... Leland Palmer
Mädchen Amick ... Shelly Johnson
Dana Ashbrook ... Bobby Briggs
Phoebe Augustine ... Ronette Pulaski
David Bowie ... Phillip Jeffries
Eric DaRe ... Leo Johnson
Miguel Ferrer ... Albert Rosenfeld
Pamela Gidley ... Teresa Banks
Heather Graham ... Annie Blackburn
Chris Isaak ... Special Agent Chester Desmond
Moira Kelly ... Donna Hayward
Peggy Lipton ... Norma Jennings
David Lynch ... Gordon Cole
James Marshall ... James Hurley
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Essentially a prequel to David Lynch and Mark Frost's earlier TV series "Twin Peaks". The first half-hour or so concerns the investigation by FBI Agent Chet Desmond (Chris Isaak) and his partner Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland) into the murder of night-shift waitress Teresa Banks in the small Washington state town of Deer Meadow. When Desmond finds a mysterious clue to the murder, he inexplicably disappears. The film then cuts to one year later in the nearby town of Twin Peaks and follows the events during the last week in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) a troubled teenage girl with two boyfriends; the hot-tempered rebel Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook) and quiet biker James Hurley (James Marshall), her drug addiction, and her relationship with her difficult (and possible schizophrenic) father Leland (Ray Wise), a story in which her violent murder was later to motivate much of the TV series. Contains a considerable amount of sex, drugs, violence, very loud music and inexplicable ... Written by Douglas Baptie

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Meet Laura Palmer... In a town where nothing is as it seems... And everyone has something to hide. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence, sex, and drug content, and for language | See all certifications »

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All the members of the Blue Rose team, other than Agent Cooper, are played by musicians: Chris Isaak, David Bowie, and Miguel Ferrer. Bowie and Ferrer have both worked with Bing Crosby. Bowie recorded a Christmas album with him, while Ferrer worked as a drummer when Crosby went on tour with his mother Rosemary Clooney. Chrysta Bell, who appears in Twin Peaks: The Return as Agent Tamora Preston, is a composer and performer of avante garde Dreampop music and has collaborated with David Lynch on recordings. See more »

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Norma's hair is noticeably shorter than it was in the series, which takes place only a few days after the events of the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Gordon Cole: [shouting very loud] GET ME SPECIAL AGENT CHESTER DESMOND OUT IN FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA!
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Alternate Versions

Lynch filmed about 5 hours of total footage for Fire Walk With Me. However, none of the extra footage was ever released in any way shape or form. Some of it may resurface as additional material on an upcoming DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Between Two Worlds (2014) See more »

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Blue Frank
Written by David Lynch
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Severely under-rated prequel to one of the best TV series ever
16 October 2004 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

By the time this film was released, critics and TV audiences had already decided its decidedly mediocre box-office fate. The usual network attitude toward anything which demands thought and interpretation assured the cancellation of the series in its second season, and Lynch's departure from the show's director's chair to begin this film project all but sealed the fate of the show. Unfortunately, this same fate determined both the critical and public approach to the film project.

TP:FWWM is a prequel to the two-season Twin Peaks saga, and (sort of) answers the question 'how and why did Laura Palmer die?'. Fans of the show mostly knew the answers before they saw this film, but to see Laura's life so vividly realized, and to see the TV characters cast into such a different, more harsh, surreal and disturbing light, really invigorates the entire TP phenomenon. FWWM actually inspired me to watch the entire series again (and as of 2004, I am in the process of watching it again). Fans of the series who found themselves disappointed by the final few episodes of the series because they felt it became too bizarre, are likely to find this film more gripping, though they will probably end up as unsatisfied as they were at the onset. Those who found the second season thrillingly experimental are likely to be surprised by the subtlety of and dramatic quality of this film. Those, like me, who approach the film with few tangible expectations might just find themselves, compelled, disturbed, and very entertained.

The performances are generally very good, but not entirely even. Some TV cast-members, given the vastly expanded possibilities of cinema, really showed their range and depth. Sheryl Lee, MacLachlan, Dana Ashbrook, and Ray Wise were especially impressive. The cinematography is less powerful than the usual Lynchian vision (see Eraserhead, Lost Highway for extreme examples), and is more in keeping with the TV show's straightforward, but moody, photographic approach. The overall production values are, in fact, comparable to those of Mulholland Drive - also originally planned by Lynch as a TV show. Though more subtle than many of Lynch's more extravagant works, TP:FWWM is very successfully manipulative and powerful.

I ardently appreciate Lynch, considering him one of cinema and performance's greatest contemporary artists. And I am unashamed to state that I believe this to be among his finest works. Many of Lynch's fans love to write interpretations of Lynch himself, as if all of his films are in some way connected beyond the obvious fact that he directed (and more often than not scripted) them. I do not disagree with this approach, but, in my opinion, any such universalizing comments more or less miss the point. Lynch is one of many director's who view film as an art form, not as a craft, nor as a vehicle for specific messages and stories. As Lynch has stated, repeatedly, his films involve a dream-like reality and often attempt to invoke a dream or nightmare state in viewers. Unlike most, however, Lynch succeeds in the purity of his art. His films demand interpretation, engagement and, what's more, demand a different and unique interpretation by most who view them.

If you are looking for something which can be universally interpreted from TP:FWWM as part of this imagined set of Lynchian themes, I am not the reviewer to give it, look elsewhere. I have too much respect for Lynch's artistry to subject him to my own interpretive explanations.

If you are looking for a simple story which will clear up the insanity of Twin Peaks, don't bother with FWWM.

If you are looking, open-mindedly, for an intense, disturbing, and well constructed cinematic experience which creates more questions than it answers, and retains elements of mystery in a fatalistically driven plot environment, you've come to the right place.


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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Teresa Banks and the Last Seven Days of Laura Palmer See more »

Filming Locations:

Fall City, Washington, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,813,559, 30 August 1992

Gross USA:

$4,160,851

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,183,547
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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