"This snakeskin jacket symbolizes my individuality and belief in personal freedom."
- Sailor (Nicholas Cage)
"Speakin' of one-eyed jacks, this one-eyed jack is a-lookin' to go peepin' in a fish store!"
- Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe)
"This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top."
- Lula (Laura Dern)
Cannes 1990 -
USA Today - 08/17/1990
"...Lynch is terrifically talented..."
New York Times - 08/17/1990
"...The flames are of a heat and intensity to melt a Cadillac Seville....[Dern and Cage] triumph..."
Film Comment - 09/01/1990
"...A mammothly entertaining Guignol....David Lynch doing David Lynch. And very nicely, too..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/12/1990
"...Nicholas Cage may be the most high-flying actor in the movies right now. He's the perfect performer for Lynch..."
Premiere - 12/01/2004
"[A] perversely hilarious, brutally erotic, WIZARD OF OZ-themed, rock-'n'-roll neo-noir from hell."
Uncut - 01/01/2006 Ranked #4 in Uncut's Best DVDs Of 2005 -- "David Lynch's audacious 1990 pop-noir road movie starts in Cape Fear and ends near Oz."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2006
"[T]he story serves up a spicy stew of hot sex, shaggy-dog flashbacks and oblique nods to THE WIZARD OF OZ."
In adapting Barry Gifford's colorful novel, David Lynch delivers another jolt of adrenaline to unsuspecting viewers everywhere. WILD AT HEART follows the troubled romance of Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and Lula (Laura Dern), two lovers who struggle to remain together even when fate seems intent on keeping them apart. In this case, fate is Lula's mother, Marietta Fortune (Diane Ladd), a desperate woman who hates Sailor and will do anything to keep him away from her daughter. After Sailor is released from prison for murdering a man--albeit in self-defense--he and Lula embark on a sex-filled, rocking road trip, aware that they are being hunted by one of Marietta's cronies. When they pull off the road in order to hide out in a small trailer park, Sailor befriends Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), an incredibly intense war veteran with a rotten set of teeth. Bobby convinces Sailor to help him rob a bank, much to Lula's objections (for she has discovered that she is pregnant). Sailor must decide if he wants to go straight and be there for his child or remain under Bobby's influence and risk returning to jail. Lynch's raucous film contains his trademark visual style, over-the-top dialogue, and pulsating soundtrack, creating another truly distinct picture.
Lovers Sailor and Lula are on the run from Lula's mom, who has put a contract out on Sailor. When they aren't making burning love to each other, they're weathering a hailstorm of crazed enemies bent on destroying them. David Lynch's surreal comedy is very intense, very weird, and incredibly electric, with unforgettable performances by Diane Ladd and Willem Dafoe (as the infamous Bobby Peru). WILD AT HEART is THE WIZARD OF OZ for the truly twisted.