Blue Velvet

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De Laurentis Entertainment Group Released 1986

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Director:
David Lynch
Released:
1986
Rating:
R

Blue Velvet is the legendary, controversial 1986 crime thriller from celebrated director of the outr' David Lynch. Jeffrey (Kyle MacLachlan), a young college student with a streak of mystery, discovers a severed, ant-infested human ear near a grassy trail, bringing it to the attention of the local police chief. With the help of Sandy (Laura Dern), a sunshine blonde girl-next-door who emerges hauntingly from the shadows and promises her devotion to his mission, Jeffrey breaks into the apartment owned by an emotionally frayed chanteuse, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rosselini) and becomes involved in the sinister world of her psychotic lover, Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    As fascinating as it is freakish. It confirms Mr. Lynch's stature as an innovator, a superb technician, and someone best not encountered in a dak alley. [19 September 1986]

  • 80

    Variety

    Hopper creates a flabbergasting portrait of unrepentent, irredeemable evil.

  • 25

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    So strong, so shocking and yet so audacious that people walk out shaking their heads; they don't know quite what to make of it.

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Sandy: (as Jeffrey prepares to sneak into Dorothy's apartment) I don't know if you're a detective or a pervert.
        Jeffrey: That's for me to know and you to find out.

    • NOTES (4)

      • In an attempt to help lower production costs, David Lynch authorised a re-recording session of Bobby Vinton singing "Blue Velvet". Unfortunately, Vinton's voice had deepened over the years, and Lynch was unsatisfied with the new recording. Lynch finally decided to pay the extra royalty fees and purchase the rights to use Vinton's original 1963 version.

      • Dennis Hopper was advised by his agent to not play the role of Frank Booth, since the character had no redeeming qualities in the script. Hopper disagreed and accepted the part because he considered David Lynch to be an important director and thought that Blue Velvet had a good chance of becoming a highly regarded film, which could only help his stagnant career.

      • David Lynch had originally planned to cast Helen Mirren as Dorothy Vallens, but after talking to Isabella Rossellini, he decided that she was the perfect one for the role.

      • David Lynch was nominated for "Best Director" at the 59th Academy Awards in 1987, but the Oscar went to Oliver Stone for directing Platoon.

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    Categories

    Drama, Suspense

    Themes

    Crime, Thrillers