Los Angeles Times - 09/01/1992
"...[A] mixture of subversive dreaminess, winking kitsch and offbeat wit..."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2005
"[It] achieves a strange, moving intensity."
Director David Lynch returns to the Pacific Northwest territory that helped to change the face of television in 1990, making him a household name all across America. A predecessor to that series, FIRE WALK WITH ME recounts the final week in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), a sparkling teenager who finds herself caught up in a seedy underworld and is eventually murdered. As Laura abuses cocaine and performs sexual favors for a series of shady characters, she also must balance her day-to-day affairs, which include a best friend, Donna (Moira Kelly), an ex-boyfriend, James (James Marshall), and her parents, Leland (Ray Wise) and Sarah (Grace Zabriskie). Screenwriters Lynch and Robert Engels raise more questions than they answer, keeping the film's mystery ambiguous even by the film's conclusion. While this will most certainly appeal to die-hard fans of the series, it isn't necessary for the viewer to have any prior knowledge of the characters in order to follow the story line, for Lynch's unique vision is enough to keep audiences engaged even when they aren't able to put the pieces together. Haunting, humorous, and strange, FIRE WALK WITH ME is another work of artistry from the mind of David Lynch.
TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME is the feature-length prequel to the TV cult phenomenon, arranged around events occurring during the last week of Laura Palmer's life: her realization of the true identity of "Bob," her last visit to the Roadhouse with Donna, and her fateful trip to the cabin of sleazeball Jacques Renault. Fans of the show will appreciate this deliberately paced meditation on the show's myriad themes.
Cult Film |
Theatrical Release |
Released theatrically in the United States on August 28, 1992.
The film was shot on location in Washington State, as well as in Los Angeles, California.
Lara Flynn Boyle turned down the role of Donna Hayward because of her character's projected nude scenes.