- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 10, 2011
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New Interviews with Demme And Screenwriter E. Max Frye
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Plus: A Booklet featuring an Essay by Film Critic David Thompson
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital Surround - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You look out for that girl."
- Peaches, Audrey's mother (Dana Preu), to Charlie (Jeff Daniels)
"Remember, no matter what, it's better to be a live dog than a dead lion."
- Motel Philosopher
New York Times - 11/21/1986
"...A buoyant road-movie romance....[Griffith and Daniels] make a charming couple of liars....Exuberant..."
Variety - 10/29/1986
"...Conceptually and stylistically compelling....SOMETHING WILD gets better the wilder and bolder it becomes..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/06/1986
"...Demme finds haunting overtones....SOMETHING WILD also has three first-class performances..."
Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels star in this quirky road movie from director Jonathan Demme (MARRIED TO THE MOB, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS). Charlie Driggs (Daniels) is a timid New York investment broker who lets himself be abducted during his lunch hour by an attractive nut named Lulu (Griffith). While drunk, she drives him to a New Jersey hotel for some kinky sex and petty thievery, and later convinces him to accompany her to Pennsylvania and pose as her husband at her high school reunion. More misadventures ensue, and Charlie gradually finds himself loosening up and falling in love, but then the film makes a sudden left turn with the appearance of Ray (Ray Liotta), Lulu's real husband--a violent ex-convict. As the film's tone oscillates from lightheartedness to darkness, Demme's affection for his characters never wavers, and he keeps things moving with a jubilant soundtrack of global music and a roster of cameo appearances that include directors John Waters and John Sayles, and musicians the Feelies and Sister Carol. It's a comedy, it's a drama, it's a look at the pleasures and dangers of stepping outside the norm, in life and in film.
Essential Cinema |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: October 22, 1986.
- Filmed on Location in New York City and Tallahassee, Florida.
- Richard Guay, who went on to become a producer-screenwriter, was production auditor on the film, and writer-director Nancy Savoca was an assistant auditor.