Wild at Heart

Released 1990


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Wild at Heart

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David Lynch (I)
Wild at Heart is a 1990 film directed by David Lynch based on a novel by Barry Gifford. It stars Nicolas Cage as Sailor and Laura Dern as Lula, two lovers separated after Sailor is jailed for murder. Sailor is released and he and Lula are reunited. On their first night out, Sailor and Lulu go see a heavy metal band called Powermad. At the concert, Sailor gets in a fight with some men and joins the band on stage to sing "Love Me" by Elvis Presley. Later, he and Lulu decide to leave for California, thus violating his parole. Private investigator Johnnie Farragut (Hary Dean Stanton) and hitman Marcelles Santos (J.E. Freeman) are fresh on their tail. Sailor and Lulu meet up with Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe) and plan a robbery to get some cash. Bobby ends up killing store clerks and attempting to kill Sailor when he is killed himself. Sailor is blamed for the deaths and is sent back to prison. After getting out he tells Lulu he is leaving her, but after being knocked out by a gang and having a vision of Glinda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz, he realizes he should reconsider. He runs back to Lulu's car and sings "Love Me" once again to her.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 90


    Joltingly violent, wickedly funny and rivetingly erotic, David Lynch's Wild at Heart [based on the novel by Barry Gifford] is a rollercoaster ride to redemption through an American...

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    There is something repulsive and manipulative about it, and even its best scenes have the flavor of a kid in the school yard, trying to show you pictures you don't feel like lookin...

  • 40

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    This time, though, Mr. Lynch's conceits are less often pleasurably disorienting than out of focus.

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Comedy, Drama, Suspense


Love & Romance, Crime, Dark Comedy, Thrillers