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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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


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The zigzag pattern on the floor of the Black Lodge is similar to the pattern on the floor of the lobby of Henry's house in Eraserhead (1977), also directed by David Lynch. The Black Lodge version of the pattern is much larger. See more »


The cabin scene at the end of the film differs vastly from its depiction in the series. In the film the cabin has no red drapes, there is no phonograph left playing, nor does the exterior of the cabin even appear to be the same. Also missing/omitted from the narrative of this sequence: - No Leo's bloody shirt. - Waldo never leaves the cage & does not draw blood. - No broken One Eyed Jack's casino chip or "Bite the big one, Baby." See more »


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Alternate Versions

In the original US theatrical release, the scene where Agent Desmond disappears concludes by fading to white. The director altered the video release so it fades to black. See more »


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Decent Companion Piece to Twin Peaks
25 February 2020 | by truemythmediaSee all my reviews

I'm a huge David Lynch fan ("Mulholland Drive", "Eraserhead"), and while unabashedly love the first season and a half of the groundbreaking TV show Twin Peaks, it took me a long time to get through the latter half of the second season of the aforementioned show because it sort of started to go off the rails when Lynch wasn't steering the ship. Just to give you a sense of timing: it took me about two weeks to get through the first season and a half (first eighteen episodes), and then after I found out who killed Laura Palmer and why, it took me almost a year to finish those final twelve episodes. I did finally finish those less-than-stellar episodes, and I was surprised to find that despite my relative disappointment with most of season two, the series finale was pretty great, and it left me eagerly awaiting this film, and then completing my Twin Peaks journey with Twin Peaks: The Return (I'm only a few episodes in so far, but it's fantastic). I was so excited after the season two finale that I jumped right from that episode to this movie (like I'm sure many of the hardcore fans of the series did when this film hit theaters).

As a whole, I'm sort of conflicted about this movie. I think it's a very good companion piece to Twin Peaks, as it tells the story of Laura Palmer's final days leading up to her murder from Laura's perspective, revealing all of the information we learned about Laura and Twin Peaks in an easily digestible two-hour-and-fifteen minute chunk. In a lot of ways, I like this film: any time that I get to visit Twin Peaks with David Lynch as my guide, I'm happy. At the same time, I'm not really sure if this film needs to exist, as it doesn't reveal any new information, and it essentially spoils the whole story of the first two seasons. The only people who can really appreciate this movie for what it is are those who have seen the show, and those people already know everything that's going to happen in this movie, they just haven't seen it from Laura's perspective.

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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 »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,813,559, 30 August 1992

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1.85 : 1
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