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Wilder Napalm (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 20 August 1993 (USA)
Two brothers with the secret power of starting fires with their minds, reunite after years apart, only to find conflict with their differing lifestyles.

Director:

Glenn Gordon Caron

Writer:

Vince Gilligan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debra Winger ... Vida
Dennis Quaid ... Wallace
Arliss Howard ... Wilder
M. Emmet Walsh ... Fire Chief
Jim Varney ... Rex
Mimi Lieber ... Snake Lady
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Deputy Sheriff Spivey
Justin LaBlanc Justin LaBlanc ... Young Wilder
Lance Lee Baxley Lance Lee Baxley ... Young Wallace
Peter Willie Peter Willie ... Horace Braintree
Daniel Hagen ... Harrison
Eric Whitmore Eric Whitmore ... Maurice
Robert Peters ... Deputy Sheriff Day
Buck Nolan Buck Nolan ... Tall Man
Rae L. Lawrence Rae L. Lawrence ... Bingo Lady
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Storyline

Wilder and Wallace are brothers and pyrokinetics. Ever since childhood they've been able to start fires with their minds but following a tragedy in which they accidentally killed a man, the brothers have grown up very differently. Wilder has become a regular 9-5 workaday joe but Wallace performs his feats with a traveling circus. When the circus comes to Wilder's home town Wallace starts coming on strong to Wilder's wife, Vida who, ironically, is a slight pyromaniac. Written by Stefan Halldorsson <ms@vortex.is>

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Taglines:

Never start a romance you can't put out.

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahava Boeret See more »

Filming Locations:

Ivuedim, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$84,859
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Arliss Howard and Debra Winger are real-life husband and wife. See more »

Quotes

Wallace: Why, we're just one big ol' thermonuclear family, Wilder!
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Connections

References I Dream of Jeannie (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Waiting for a Girl Like You
Written by Mick Jones & Lou Gramm
Performed by Foreigner
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Cinematic Carnival!
16 January 2007 | by VideoKidVsTheVoidSee all my reviews

I used to watch this on either HBO or Showtime or Cinemax during the one summer in the mid 90's that my parents subscribed to those channels. I came across it several times in various parts and always found it dark, bizarre and fascinating. I was young then, in my early teens; and now years later after having discovered the great Arliss Howard and being blown away by "Big Bad Love" I bought the DVD of "Wilder Napalm" and re-watched it with my girlfriend for the first time in many years. I absolutely loved it! I was really impressed and affected by it. There are so many dynamic fluid complexities and cleverness within the camera movements and cinematography; all of which perfectly gel with the intelligent, intense and immediate chemistry between the three leads, their story, the music and all the other actors as well. It's truly "Cinematic". I love Arliss Howard's subtle intensity, ambivalent strength and hidden intelligence, I'm a big fan of anything he does; and his interplay with Debra Winger's manic glee (they are of course married) has that magic charming reality to it that goes past the camera. (I wonder if they watch this on wedding anniversaries?......."Big Bad Love" should be the next stop for anyone who has not seen it; it's brilliant.) And, Dennis Quaid in full clown make-up, sneakily introduced, angled, hidden and displayed by the shot selection and full bloomed delivery is of the kind of pure dark movie magic you don't see very often. Quaid has always had a sinister quality to him for me anyways, with that huge slit mouth span, hiding behind his flicker eyes lying in wait to unleash itself as either mischievous charm or diabolical weirdness (here as both). Both Howard and Quaid have the insane fire behind the eyes to pull off their wonderful intense internal gunslinger square-offs in darkly cool fashion. In fact the whole film has a darkly cool energy and hip intensity. It's really a fantastic film, put together by intelligence, imagination, agility and chemistry by all parties involved. I really cannot imagine how this got funded, and it looks pretty expensive to me, by such a conventional, imagination-less system, but I thank God films like this slip through the system every once in awhile. In a great way, with all of its day-glo bright carnival colors, hip intelligence, darkly warped truthful humor and enthralling chemistry it reminds me of one of my favorite films of all time: "Grosse Pointe Blank".......now that's a compliment in my book!


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