Wild at Heart

Feature Film | USA 1990 | 124' | OV

Elvis fan Sailor Ripley and his southern bride Lula are on the run from Lula’s mother Marietta, that once already had Sailor thrown in jail. They’re pursued by several of Marietta’s henchmen and lovers, and when they finally arrive in a backwater desert town and meet oily gangster Bobby Peru, the whole world seems to have conspired against them. Straight after his trip up north for TWIN PEAKS, Lynch now explores the Southern US, where Voodoo magic and Cajun dialect go hand in hand. The actors give it all they’ve got, especially Willem Dafoe as the repulsive freak and Diane Ladd, whose portrayal of the witch-in-law earned her an Oscar nomination; the director once again impresses with brilliant images and artistic handicraft that distorts the seemingly simple plot to the point of absurdity. Lynch’s winner of the Palme d’Or is an immensely bloody, kitschy-romantic surge of love and death at the end of civilization, where fables begin, where evil drools drippingly and the good fairy still grant wishes.

Director
David Lynch
Script
David Lynch
Novel »Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula«
Barry Gifford
Photography
Frederick Elmes
Editor
Duwayne Dunham
Production Design
Patricia Norris
Music
Angelo Badalamenti
Sound
Sara Bolder, Luis Colina
Principal Cast
Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Harry Dean Stanton
Producers
Steve Golin, Michael Kuhn, Monty Montgomery, Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Production
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films, Astro Distribution