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Wild at Heart (1990)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Wild at Heart (1990)

In director David Lynch's Wizard of Oz-related, lovers-on-the-run cult arthouse romance film:

  • the two lovers: violent 23 year-old ex-con and snakeskin-wearing, Elvis-obsessed Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) and horny goodtime 20 year-old Lula Pace Fortune (Laura Dern): ("This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top")
  • the scene of Sailor recalling and describing to Lula (in order to excite her) an especially memorable sexual encounter he once had with Irma (Charlie Spradling) when he was visiting his cousin, Junior Train, in Savannah: "When she got almost to the top step, I stuck my hand between her legs from behind...Man, I had a boner with a capital O. Anyway, I found her lyin' in her room filled with assault weapons and 'Spankhouse' magazines, so I slid my hand between her legs again and she closed her thighs on it....Well, her face was half-pushed into the pillow, and I remember she looked back over her shoulder at me and said, 'I won't suck you. Don't ask me to suck you.'...Anyway, dig this. She turns over, peels off them orange pants, spreads her legs real wide and says to me: 'Take a bite of Peach'." In response, Lula urged him: "Jesus, honey! You more than sort of got what you come for. Uh, oh. Baby, you'd better run me back to the hotel. You got me hotter than Georgia asphalt"; he responded: "Say no more, but go easy on me, sweetheart. Tomorrow we got a lot of drivin' to do"
  • the character of Lula's monstrous and vindictive homicidal mother Marietta (Oscar-nominated Diane Ladd, Dern's real mother)
  • their encounter with a dying and bloody car wreck victim (Sherilyn Fenn), who complained about "sticky stuff in my hair"
  • the startling death scene of psychotic hitman Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe) who knelt down and blew off his own head with a shotgun, during an aborted robbery of a feedstore
  • the final scene of Ripley being visited by the Good Witch (Sheryl Lee)


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