Wild at Heart

August 17th, 1990


Wild at Heart

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Hannah Kozak with Isabella Rossellini on location of the David Lynch film

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 7.2/10 (35,496 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: David Lynch

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together... until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident - a bad omen.

Writers: Barry Gifford, David Lynch

Nicolas Cage - Sailor Ripley
Laura Dern - Lula Fortune
Willem Dafoe - Bobby Peru
J.E. Freeman - Marcelles Santos
Crispin Glover - Dell
Diane Ladd - Marietta Fortune
Calvin Lockhart - Reggie
Isabella Rossellini - Perdita Durango
Harry Dean Stanton - Johnnie Farragut
Grace Zabriskie - Juana Durango
Sherilyn Fenn - Girl in Accident
Marvin Kaplan - Uncle Pooch
William Morgan Sheppard - Mr. Reindeer (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
David Patrick Kelly - Dropshadow
Freddie Jones - George Kovich

Release Date: 17 August 1990

Filming Locations: Castle Green Apartments - 99 S. Raymond, Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $9,500,000 (estimated)

Gross: $14,560,247 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Willem Dafoe is actually urinating in the toilet when he goes to visit Laura Dern and asks to "piss in your head". Apparently, Dafoe had drunk a lot of bottled water and really needed to go. Only later did he find out that the toilet was not a working one and some poor crew member had to clean it.

Continuity: When Sailor leaves Lula, and Lula cries out "SAILOR!!!" in close-up, the image is reversed. Lula's hair is normally "waved" to her left, but in this shot, her hair is "waved" to her right.

Lula: When'd you start smoking, Sail?
Sailor: I guess I started smoking when I was about... four. My momma was already dead then from lung cancer.

User Review



Recipient of the prestigious Palme d'Or award at Cannes, David Lynch's "Wild at Heart" is an amazingly brilliant spectacle for the senses. Bold splashes of deep red, curiously staged musical numbers (Nicolas Cage does his own singing – and he's great!), and the continuous references to "The Wizard of Oz" help create a surreal and dreamlike texture to the narrative. The story in brief: Sailor and Lula (excellent performances from both Nicolas Cage & Laura Dern); two broken souls passionately in love, flee the vengeful wrath of Lula's mother Marietta, who for reasons of her own will stop at nothing to ensure the lovers are kept apart. Diane Ladd practically steals the show in her brave portrayal of Lula's psychopathic mother Marietta. Gut wrenchingly violent in places, hopelessly romantic in others; Lynch has crafted an adult fairy tale worthy of multiple viewings. Recommended to those who enjoy and appreciate abstract methods of film-making – a definite 10/10!


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