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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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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

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,078, 22 August 1993

Gross USA:

$84,859

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,859
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Vida Foudroyant: It's 12:47 and 23 seconds. Time to screw. Let's do it in the booth.
Wilder Foudroyant: You're not serious.
Vida Foudroyant: Yes, I really am!
Wilder Foudroyant: Vida! Vida!
Vida Foudroyant: Okay. Let's just find some hedges or something. Oh, baby, I'm rarin' to go!
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References The Arsenio Hall Show (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

She's a Lady
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Tom Jones
Courtesy of EMI Records Group/Chrysalis Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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"Wilder Napalm"; odd, funny & original...
30 July 2007 | by unclejay73See all my reviews

Here's a rare gem for those of you that haven't seen or most likely not even heard of this. During the 80s, Dennis Quaid was a hot commodity, but in the early 90s, Dennis Quaid disappeared from the scene. In 1993, he burst back onto the big screen with three movies, all of which unfortunately bombed. Two of those films I liked very much, and let me elaborate on one of them.

"Wilder Napalm" is a crazy flick about two brothers, Wallace (Quaid) and Wilder (Arliss Howard), whom are...fire starters: yes they have the power of pyrokinetics.

Wilder has decided not to use his power anymore (for anything not useful anyway) after a fatal incident during his youth, where he and his brother blew up an abandoned house which killed a man who was inside unbeknownest to them. Nowadays, Wilder is a firefighter and is married to the wacky Vida (Debra Winger), who is under house arrest for, guess what, arson (see the movie to understand this better). Wilder also hasn't spoken to Wallace in 5 years, because Wallace set his hair on fire during his bachelor party.

Wallace loves his pyro power and uses it for amusement. He also runs a Carnival and is the head clown. When the Carnival comes to Wilder's town, Wallace decides to reunite with his brother and also to see Vida, whom which Wallace has been in love with! Vida's house arrest sees its end, but Wilder is preoccupied. So, Wallace steps in and the fun begins. Brother vs. brother...fighting fire with fire!

Some great fireball throwing in this flick...eat your heart out, Drew Barrymore!

The film also has some really weird, yet funny elements, like Wilder's fire unit sings songs acapella during firefights and after wards. Jim Varney (globally known as 'Ernest') pops in as Wallace's redneck carnival buddy. "Wilder Napalm" is brilliantly shot...and cleverly put together...very off the wall and avant-guard.

Give this one a look...


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