• Blue Velvet (1986)

Blue Velvet

Release Date: 1986

DVD Release Date: February 23rd, 1999

R |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

College student Jeffrey Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) returns home after his father has a stroke. When he discovers a severed ear in an abandoned field, Beaumont teams up with detective's daughter Sandy Williams (Laura Dern) to solve the mystery. They believe beautiful lounge singer Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) may be connected with the case, and Beaumont finds himself becoming drawn into her dark, twisted world, where he encounters sexually depraved psychopath Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, Dean Stockwell, Priscilla Pointer, Frances Bay

Director: David Lynch

Genres: Drama , Thriller

Production Co: De Laurentiis

Keywords: 1980s, Temptation, Car, Mystery, Girlfriend, Forbidden love, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Blue Velvet is David Lynch in peak form, and represents (to date) his most accomplished motion picture. It is a work of fascinating scope and power that rivals any of the most subversive films to reach the screens during the '80s. show more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Dark, menacing and sexual, with satanic overtones, like a Black Sabbath song, with many moments of genuine fright and harsh eroticism. [19 September 1986, Daily Notebook, p.76]

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    One powerful, mesmerizing thriller, a masterful exercise in controlling an audience's attention. [19 September 1986, Friday, p.A]

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