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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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David Lynch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pullman ... Fred Madison
Patricia Arquette ... Renee Madison / Alice Wakefield
John Roselius John Roselius ... Al
Louis Eppolito Louis Eppolito ... Ed (as Lou Eppolito)
Jenna Maetlind Jenna Maetlind ... Party Girl
Michael Massee ... Andy
Robert Blake ... Mystery Man
Henry Rollins ... Guard Henry
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Guard Mike
Mink Stole ... Forewoman (voice)
Leonard Termo ... Judge (voice)
Ivory Ocean Ivory Ocean ... Guard Ivory
Jack Kehler ... Guard Johnny Mack
David Byrd David Byrd ... Doctor Smordin
Gene Ross ... 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Carretera perdida See more »

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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Entertainment Weekly ranked this as the twenty-third scariest movie of all time. See more »

Quotes

Sheila: What do you want?
Pete Dayton: Wanna go for a drive?
Sheila: [coyly] I don't know.
Pete Dayton: Get in, baby.
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Crazy Credits

A Real Trooper-Guadalupe Hurst See more »

Alternate Versions

The "Rammstein" music video shows the scene of Fred being featured on one of the video tapes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fear Factory: Cars (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Performed by Barry Adamson appearing courtesy of Mute Records Ltd.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products.
Written by Barry Adamson (courtesy of Mute Songs and Windswept Pacific) and contains excerpts from
1) "Spooky"
Written by Harry Middlebrooks (as H. Middlesbrooke), Mike Shapiro (as M. Shapiro),
'Buddy Buie' (as B. Buie) and J.R. Cobb and published by Lowery Music Co. Inc.
2) "Blues Lines"
Written by Robert Del Naja (as R. Del Naja), Grant Marshall (as G. Marshall),
Andrew Vowles (as A. Vowles) and Tricky (as A. Thaws) and published by Island Music Ltd. and
3) "Le Temps Des Souvenirs"
Written by Jacques Datin, Maurice Vidalin and Charles Blackwell and published by EMI Limited Partnership Ltd.
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noone does dreamscapes like lynch
27 November 2018 | by imizrahi2002See all my reviews

I haven't read the other reviews...i'm sure lots of them try and explain what 'this movie is about'. they should become psychoanalysts...i'm pretty sure if we asked LYNCH 'what it was about', he'd say, 'beats me'. it's as if had storyboarded a dream...and it's something to experience...robert blake playing 'the midget'. a character lynch seems to employ in lots of his work, was fantastic...plus i hadn't seen him in anything in quite a while... i saw this film for the second time last night, thinking it might make more sense... and what i realized is that some stories impact me viscerally and are every bit as valid as the ones that 'make sense'.


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