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      Wild at Heart

      R Released Aug 17, 1990 2h 5m Comedy Drama List
      65% Tomatometer 55 Reviews 81% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune (Laura Dern). Lula's mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), desperate to keep them apart, hires a hit man to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), an old buddy who's also out to get Sailor, try to rob a store. When Sailor lands in jail yet again, the young lovers appear further than ever from the shared life they covet. Read More Read Less
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      One of director David Lynch's more uneven efforts, Wild at Heart is held together by his distinctive sensibilities and compelling work from Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern.

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      Jonathan Rosenbaum Sight & Sound Perhaps the major problem is that despite Cage and Dern's best efforts, Lynch is ultimately interested only in iconography, not characters at all. Jan 11, 2020 Full Review Scott Tobias The Dissolve There's a spontaneous, anything-can-happen feeling to it that's the primary appeal of any road movie. Rated: 4/5 Apr 27, 2015 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Even the title is a letdown, somehow. Rated: C- Sep 17, 2008 Full Review Joe Lipsett Anatomy of a Scream Podcast Network Something of an desert noir/soap opera fever dream with completely over the top performances (MVP Diane Ladd). Cage and Dern are both incredibly hot, even if the film itself feels slightly disjointed and never truly comes together cohesively. Rated: 3.5/5 Apr 4, 2024 Full Review Terry Francis Southern Voice (Atlanta) Wild at Heart's materials are so thin that the Lynchisms appear to be the film's principal reason for being. As the film runs on, the flaws accrue. Rated: 2/4 May 9, 2023 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) A film that seems like a grand practical joke. [Full review in Spanish] Dec 6, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Madie R David Lynch takes you on a crazy erotic and rip-roaring ride! Great performances from Nic Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, and Diane Ladd. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/19/23 Full Review Leaburn O Denn and Cage own the picture, with great supporting work from Dafoe. The mother is a bit of a sideshow and there are some strange elements but overall it's a fun tale that only Cage could really pull off. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/19/23 Full Review AB L Arguably Lynch's most transgressive work but it's also one of his most uneven. The crazed performances and unforgettable imagery keep the movie together despite the weak ending. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/31/23 Full Review David F I normally like road trip movies but this one was pretty out there. The romance between Laura Dern's character and Nicholas Cage's felt authentically passionate and intense but there was a lot of weirdness all throughout the film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 07/22/23 Full Review Dan W Fucking best movie ever. No idea what people are thinking. This thing is rock. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/18/23 Full Review Courtney K ohmygosh; i love Laura Dern, but her character is almost unbearable in this movie, haha. it's purposeful but absolutely outrageous. both her & Nic. although Nic overacts IMO all the time anyways so it seemed normal for him. I'm not sure there was much substance in this film, but it could be a fun time if you think you'd be into it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune (Laura Dern). Lula's mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), desperate to keep them apart, hires a hit man to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), an old buddy who's also out to get Sailor, try to rob a store. When Sailor lands in jail yet again, the young lovers appear further than ever from the shared life they covet.
      Director
      David Lynch
      Producer
      Monty Montgomery, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Steve Golin
      Screenwriter
      David Lynch
      Distributor
      Media Home Entertainment, Samuel Goldwyn Company
      Production Co
      Propaganda Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 17, 1990, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 1, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $14.5M
      Runtime
      2h 5m
      Sound Mix
      Surround