Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1990. PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Propaganda Films. Screenplay by David Lynch, based on the novel Wild At Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula by Barry Gifford. Cinematography by Frederick Elmes. Produced by Steve Golin, Monty Montgomery, Sigurjon Sightvatsson. Music by Angelo Badalamenti. Production Design by Patricia Norris. Costume Design by Amy Stofsky. Film Editing by Duwayne Dunham. Academy Awards 1990. Cannes Film Festival 1990. Golden Globe Awards 1990. Independent Spirit Awards 1990.
Lynch psychedelia at its most unimportant. After getting out of jail on probation, Nicolas Cage picks up his lady love (Laura Dern) and drives her across the country on his motorcycle. Her slightly psychotic mother (a fantastic Diane Ladd) hates Cage for his past and is entirely sure that her daughter is in great danger, hiring a killer to trail the couple everywhere they go and bump Cage off. The cast is marvelous, and some of the Wizard Of Oz references are charming, but the story is mostly just stupid excuses for Lynch to make a weird movie.