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3.8
6,985 Ratings

Wild at Heart

Directed by David Lynch
United States, 1990
Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Synopsis

Young lovers Sailor and Lula hit the road to start a new life together without the wrath of Lula’s deranged, disapproving mother, who has hired a team of hitmen to cut the lovers’ surreal honeymoon short.

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Wild at Heart Directed by David Lynch

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1990 | Winner: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1991 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

When Sailor (Nicolas Cage) mounts the hood of his sweetheart’s Cadillac and serenades her with “Love Me Tender,” the superficiality of the reference to badboy Elvis Presley movies achieves a sort of extradimensional poignancy: the characters live in a plastic world, of Wizard of Oz witches, barroom brawls, lipstick-smeared killer moms, Texas hitmen, and middle of nowhere, beer-supping hillbillies, so it’s suitable that their reunion and redemption might too be plastic.
December 18, 2015
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Wild at Heart is a love story, sure, but it’s also a coming-of-age tale of sorts, as Lula, through this forbidden road trip, sees and experiences horrors that shatter the innocence that her monstrously overprotective mother (Diane Ladd) has tried so hard to maintain. And yet, she and her love for Sailor (Nicolas Cage) endures. Sailor’s concluding rendition of “Love Me Tender” encapsulates Wild at Heart’s sincere/ironic duality: It’s as cheekily goofy as it is achingly passionate.
December 09, 2015
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The power of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart is the endurance of an Elvis Presley song (or two), the staying power of a children’s movie, and the sight and sound of a match being struck: romantically mellow, wackily comic, and deadly, darkly serious.
August 14, 2015
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