• Wild at Heart (1990)

Wild at Heart

Release Date: August 14th, 1990

DVD Release Date: December 7th, 2004

R |2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Willem Dafoe, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton, Crispin Glover, Grace Zabriskie

Director: David Lynch

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Propaganda Films, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Distributors: Samuel Goldwyn Company, Media Home Entertainment

Keywords: Sacrifice, Gritty, Mother, Girlfriend, Car, 1990s, Forbidden love, Hotel, Dark, Police officer, Prison

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Starting with the outrageous and building from there, he ignites a slight love-on-the-run novel, creating a bonfire of a movie that confirms his reputation as the most exciting and innovative filmmaker of his generation. show more

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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 looking at. show more

  • 88
    Dave KehrChicago Tribune

    And yet there is enough of a core of sincerity to turn even the most preposterous moments-such as the film's dream-sequence finale-into something moving and true: You buy the feelings, even as the situations degenerate into the ludicrous and absurd. [17 Aug 1990, Friday, p.C]

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Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role