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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

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A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled.

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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In a town like Twin Peaks, no one is innocent. 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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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,813,559, 28 August 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,160,851
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Originally announced for production shortly after the cancellation of Twin Peaks (1990), the film was shelved when several key members of the cast - notably Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn and Kyle MacLachlan - declined to participate. MacLachlan, in particular, adamantly refused to appear for fear of typecasting. Director David Lynch managed to persuade the actor to return albeit in an abbreviated role, and created the character of Agent Chester Desmond (Chris Isaak) to compensate for Cooper's absence in the story. This created several continuity errors (the degree of which is still debated among fans) between the film, the series and several canonical tie-in novels. See more »

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Strictly for Lynch devotees; anyone else, steer clear
20 June 2005 | by KnightLanderSee all my reviews

I had heard much about the cult television series "Twin Peaks", and decided to buy the First Season on DVD. When I found that none of the stores near me had it in stock, I decided to pick up the movie instead. In some ways, this was good. In some, it was bad. Let me explain ...

In 1991, "Twin Peaks" was canceled. Immediately popular director David Lynch, who also created and wrote most of the show, said that he wasn't finished with the show yet ... and set to work making a movie that would close off the "Twin Peaks" phenomenon. "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" - this film - is the result, a 135 minute journey into a realm where insanity and madness reign supreme.

"Fire Walk With Me" is a prequel to "Twin Peaks". The first thirty minutes deal with two FBI agents, Chester Desmond (Chris Isaak) and Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland), who are investigating the murder of a young girl in the small town of Twin Peaks. Just when Desmond seems to have a suspect, we fade out and find that we are months later. From there, the film follows the events leading up to the mysterious death of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), which the series focused on. Kyle MacLachlan has some screen time as the series' main character, Dale Cooper.

This is probably the hardest film to review in the world. First of all, let me say that if you aren't a fan of "Twin Peaks" or of David Lynch, you will be lost shortly after the film begins. This movie was created solely for "Twin Peaks" lovers, and if you haven't seen the show, the mystery of who killed Laura Palmer is unveiled in this movie.

If ever there has been a movie that is pure insanity, it is this. "Fire Walk With Me" is one-hundred percent madness. And yet, throughout the whole film, I was completely mesmerized. And when the movie ended, I couldn't speak or do anything for about an hour. This movie truly has an effect on you, whether you're a fan of the show or not.

The cast is terrific, but it's David Lynch and Angelo Baladamenti who steal the show. Lynch is either a madman or a genius - I can't decide between the two. But Baladamenti is certainly a master composer, because his score for this film is beautiful.

Seeing is believing. That fits perfectly from this film. Perhaps after I watch the show, I will better understand this film. Until then, I can just say that it the most indescribable, frightening, mesmerizing, and astonishing film I've ever seen.


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