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Plot, Details & Awards

Wild At Heart

R In Theaters 08/14/1990 , 125min.
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Plot & Details

Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern play a pair of lovers on the run in David Lynch's surrealist road movie Wild at Heart. Cage's Sailor Ripley is a violent ex-convict with an Elvis Presley fixation who falls in love with Dern's Lula Pace Fortune, the daughter of a rich, but mentally unstable, Southern belle named Marietta (Diane Ladd, Dern's real-life mother). Just after Sailor is released from prison, where he was jailed for brutally killing one of Marietta's thugs, he and Lula take off on a wild cross-country trip, pursued by his parole officer, her mother, criminals, bounty hunters, and detectives. Along the way, Sailor and Lula have a lot of sex, share their pasts, share their respective obsessions for Elvis and The Wizard of Oz, and meet a lot of bizarre characters, including a seedy ex-marine (Willem Dafoe) who persuades Sailor to participate in a bank robbery.


Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Diane Ladd Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Diane Ladd Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor Willem Dafoe Nominated
1990 Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Frederick Elmes Won

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