Wild at Heart
Steve Golin, Monty Montgomery, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Michael Kuhn (executive) for Propaganda Films, PolyGram
directed by David Lynch
starring Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Calvin Lockhart, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton, Grace Zabriskie, Sherilyn Fenn, Marvin Kaplan, William Morgan Sheppard, David Patrick Kelly, Freddie Jones, John Lurie, Jack Nance, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Gregg Dandridge, Glenn Walker Harris jr, Frances Bay, Blair Bruce Bever, Sally Boyle, Peter Bromilow, Lisa Ann Cabasa, Frank Collison, Eddy Dixon, Brent David Fraser, Cage S. Johnson, Sheryl Lee, Valli Leigh, Nicholas Love, Daniel Quinn, Mia M. Ruiz, Charlie Spradling, Billy Swan, KoKo Taylor, Ed Wright, Darrell Zwerling, Debra Lamb (uncredited cameo)
screenplay by David Lynch, based on the novel Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula by Barry Gifford, music by Angelo Badalamenti
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Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and Lula (Laura Dern) are madly in love - but
when Sailor's threatened by some goon (Gregg Dandridge) hired to kill him,
he beats that man to a pulp ... and spends the next 22 months in a
correctional facility. Upon his release, Sailor's first way is to Lula,
but Lula's possessive mother Marietta (Diane Ladd, Laura Dern's real life
mother) tries to do everything to keep them apart - and in fact it was her
who hired the goon to kill Sailot after Sailor refused her sexual
advances. So the young couple runs away, even if that means skippign
parole for Sailor. Marietta does everything to get Lula back, like hiring
her part time boyfriend Johnny Farragut (Harry Dean Stanton), who happens
to be a private eye, and handing the affair over to Marcelles Santos (J.E.
Freeman), a crime kingpin. Thiing is, Santos also wants Johnny Farragut
dead, and when Marietta learns that, she realizes much too late she has
opened a Pandora's box. She travels past Sailor and Lula herself, but
instead of diffusing the situation she makes everything worse.
meantime, other oddball criminals have picked up the scent of Sailor and
Lula as well, like gangster boss Mr Reindeer (William Morgan Sheppard) and
assassins Juana (Grace Zabriskie), Reggie (Calvin Lockhart) and Dropshadow
(David Patrick Kelly). But there's another issue as well, Sailor has
impregnated Lula, and the money is scarce. So when they run across small
time crook Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), it's easy for Bobby to convince
Sailor to become his accomplice in an armed robbery - of course without
telling Sailor that he's secretly in league with Mr Reindeer and has been
paid to kill Sailor during the robbery. So everything's stacked against
our heroes ...
Isabella Rossellini plays Perdita Durango, one of Mr
Wild at Heart is pretty much a
one-of-a-kind movie: Its story is pure pulp fiction, but exaggerated to
such a degree that it's exhilarating. And despite its pulpy story,
everything's weird and exuberant, just the way you'd expect from a David
Lynch movie, and it's full of poses that on first sight seem slightly
forced, but the longer one watches the more sense they make - and the same
goes for the over-the-top acting by all of the involved. Besides all that,
this is probably Lynch's most humourous film, though don't expect many
laugh-out-loud jokes, the comedy's actually pretty dark to go with all the
violence and gore. And then there are several direct references to Wizard
of Oz, which make much more sense than one would think.
just an awesome experience!