Wild at Heart (1990)


David Lynch directs Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern and Diane Ladd in this lovers on the run road movie full of sex, violence and warped Wizard of Oz imagery. 

Easily Lynch’s most throwaway movie. There’s no real art, just madness – sexy, histrionic mania. Oh my, it is strange and gory. But the simple(ish) plot means it is relatively accessible for Lynch. Willem Dafoe’s chisel toothed Bobby Peru turns up to steal the film in the last act. A vibrant rooster of menace. And that’s “steal a film” where Diane Ladd is an Oscar nominated evil mother, Laura Dern lets it all out (“Welcome to Jurassic Park!”), and Nic is somehow the most regular, normal thing in it… and believe you me, our Mr Cage holds nothing back.



  1. msjadeli · October 6, 2017

    Back in 1996 I wrote a paper for my criminology class on on Sailor. I love the movie. It’s not as simple as it seems, and as freaky as it is, like Cage, it’s Lynch’ most normal movie of the bunch. I loved Harry Dean Stanton in this film as well, but you’re right, Bobby Peru creeped the hell out of me the first time I watched it.


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