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Lost Highway (1997)

After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Fred Madison
... Renee Madison / Alice Wakefield
John Roselius ... Al
Louis Eppolito ... Ed (as Lou Eppolito)
Jenna Maetlind ... Party Girl
... Andy
... Mystery Man
... Guard Henry
... Guard Mike
... Forewoman (voice)
Leonard Termo ... Judge (voice)
Ivory Ocean ... Guard Ivory
... Guard Johnny Mack
David Byrd ... Doctor Smordin
... Warden Clements
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Storyline

Fred Madison, a saxophonist, is accused under mysterious circumstances of murdering his wife Renee. On death row, he inexplicably morphs into a young man named Pete Dayton, leading a completely different life. When Pete is released, his and Fred's paths begin to cross in a surreal, suspenseful web of intrigue, orchestrated by a shady gangster boss named Dick Laurent. Written by <jdean@gslink.net>

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for bizarre violent and sexual content, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 January 1997 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Carretera perdida  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$212,710, 23 February 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,796,699, 20 April 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Lynch wrote the script with Barry Gifford, who wrote the book Wild at Heart (1990). Lynch said that he got the name for this project from a page in Gifford's book. He said that on that page he saw the words "Lost" and "Highway" and the words clicked with him. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Eddy: Boy, that's smooth. Smooth as shit off a duck's ass!
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Referenced in Stone Quackers: Blue Feathers (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Driving Theme
Written, Arranged, Produced, Performed and Mixed by Trent Reznor
Leaving Hope Music/TVT Music (ASCAP)
Additional Production by Peter Christopherson
Additional Guitars by Danny Lohner
Assisted by Brian Pollack
Courtesy of Nothing/TVT/Interscope Records
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It doesn't matter that the pieces fit.
16 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

I started this film upon renting it one night at 11:00 PM. I finished at about 1 in the morning. I was so stunned and awestruck that I stayed up until 3 in the morning to watch it again. This is one of the most spell-binding movies I have ever seen. Each time I see it my theory of the plot thickens. What I love about the movie is that it leaves you with the option to fill in the blanks. You will keep asking what happened and why that happened, but that is what makes the movie so awesome. David Lynch's skewed opinion of reality is very inspiring and I feel that my reality has changed ever since I watched it. Having watched it 13 times I can pretty safely say that my theory of the plot is set, but I still love to ponder exactly why.


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