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.~Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Director David Lynch on the DVD process
Original making-of featurette
"Dell's Lunc Counter" extended interviews
David Lynch profile
TV spots and original trailer
Nicolas CageSailor Ripley
Laura DernLula Pace Fortune
Diane LaddMarietta Fortune
Willem DafoeBobby Peru
Isabella RosselliniPerdita Durango
Harry Dean StantonJohnnie Farragut
J.E. FreemanMarcello Santos
David Patrick KellyDropshadow
Glenn Walker Harris, Jr.Pace
Freddie JonesGeorge Kovich
Marvin KaplanUncle Pooch
Jack Nance00 Spool
Tommy G. KendrickRed (uncredited/cut out)
Sherilyn FennGirl in Accident
Pruitt Taylor VinceBuddy
Peter BromilowHotel Manager
Frank CollisonTimmy Thompson
Cage S. JohnsonMan at Shell Station
Sheryl LeeGood Witch
Nicholas LoveMan in Wheelchair
Koko TaylorSinger at Zanzibar
Ed WrightDesk Clerk
Darrell ZwerlingSinger's Manager
Bob TerhuneEarl Kovich (uncredited/cut out)
Jack JozefsonChet (uncredited/cut out)
Tracey WalterRoach (uncredited/cut out)
Albert PopwellBarkeeper at Zanzibar (uncredited/cut out)
I don't now how this one has missed me so long. For those that missed the limited release this is a perfect chance to get it proper.
There is a nice 5.1 mix as well as the stereo track, and of course it is David Lynch supervised from 2004. Extra are quite nice and there is all kinds of great information (gotta love Crispin Glover and his "method" madness).
As a Lynch fan (becoming obsessive) I can't believe I haven't appreciated Laura Dern more. This is her starring vehicle and and it made me sit up and realize her talent that I have seen oh so many times before and not appreciated fully. She is sexy, heartfelt and most of all, has flaws in her character that I can appreciate. Her real life mom in the movie gives it even more.
Nicholas Cage does it like always, and to describe him is to belittle him. He is a force of charisma that just keeps on giving.
As for the movie as a whole, well let me say this. There is a certain other movie that covers the same ground that was made not too long later that was one of my favorite movies. Isn't it special when you see a movie that influences the other and makes it impossible for you to have the exact same appreciation? This is the blue print, and it is really hard to beat. Prime Lynch in my view, and the "censored" shot, is at least included for reference, though it makes no difference to me since it is what the director wanted in the end.
What a wonderfully weird film! This has been one of my favorites for a long time now, back when Nick Cage made good movies. I already have it on DVD but had to re-buy on blu-ray. Lots of extras that I am looking forward to watching soon on this collector's edition.
This is one good movie for the buck it is worth the money I paid for it very exciting and enjoyable thank you
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Extra weird and punk rock goodness!
I'd never seen this before, and I was surprised at how entertaining it was. It's super weird, which you've come to expect from Lynch, but is also punk rock, which I didn't expect. Super unique and fun.