Wild at Heart (1990)

USA, 1990
124m, 3409 metres
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), colour, 2.35:1
Dolby SR, English

An American fantasy film directed by David Lynch.

Plot Summary

Young lovers Sailor and Lula decide to run away together, pursued by her psychotic mother, the detective she’s hired and a hitman. Inevitably things go horribly wrong as they meet an increasingly odd assortment of characters, culminating in Sailor’s encounter with Glinda, the Good Witch…


Director: David Lynch
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment/Propaganda Films
Executive Producer: Michael Kuhn
Producers: Steve Golin, Monty Montgomery, Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Script: David Lynch
Novel: Barry Gifford
Director of Photography: Frederick Elmes
Editor: Duwayne Dunham
Music: Angelo Badalamenti
Sound Mixer: Jon Huck
Costume Designer: Amy Stofsky
Make Up: Michelle Buhler
Hair: Frida Aradottir
Special Make Up Effects: David B. Miller, Louis Lazzara
Special Effects/Pyrotechnics: David Domeyer
Special Effects: Don Power
Visual Effects: Dreamstate Effects
Production Designer: Patricia Norris

Nicolas Cage (Sailor Ripley)
Laura Dern (Lula Fortune)
Willem Dafoe (Bobby Peru)
J.E. Freeman (Marselles Santos)
Crispin Glover (Cousin Dell)
Diane Ladd (Marietta Pace Fortune)
Calvin Lockhart (Reggie)
Isabella Rossellini (Perdita Durango)
Harry Dean Stanton (Johnnie Farragut)
Grace Zabriskie (Juana)
Sherilyn Fenn (girl in accident)
Marvin Kaplan (Uncle Pooch)
W. Morgan Sheppard (Mr Reindeer)
David Patrick Kelly (Dropshadow)
Freddie Jones (George Kovich)
John Lurie (Sparky)
Jack Nance (00 Spool)
Pruitt Taylor Vince (Buddy)
Gregg Dandridge (Bob Ray Lemon)
Glenn Walker Harris Jr (Pace Ripley)

Alternative Titles

Coração Selvagem – Brazilian title
Corazón salvaje – Spanish title
Cuore selvaggio – Italian title
David Lynch’s Wild at Heart – advertising title
Divji v srcu – Slovenian title
Dzikosc serca – Polish title
Sailor et Lula – French title
Um Coração Selvagem – Portugese title
Veszett a világ – Hungarian title
Villi sydän – Finnish title
Wild at Heart – Die Geschichte von Sailor und Lula – German title

Extracts included in
The Celluloid Closet (1995)
I Don’t Know Jack (2002)
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (1990)
The Last Cigarette (1999)

See also
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Perdita Durango (1997)


FilmMagasinet June/July 1994 p.89 – review (by Geir Kamsvaag)
Hollywood no.2 December 1995 p.72 – article (by Koraljka Diljic)
Première November 1990 p.14 – review (by Laurent Bachet)
Studio Special Cannes 1990 p.37 – review (by Michel Rebichon)
Studio November 1990 p.10 – review (by Denis Parent)