Wild at Heart
Director: David Lynch Run Time: 125 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1990
Starring: Laura Dern, Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Harry Dean Stanton, Isabella Rossellini, Crispin Glover
Shot after the pilot of “Twin Peaks” and released at the height of the show’s popularity, Wild at Heart was the first time that a David Lynch film hinged on being a DAVID LYNCH FILM. The story of a pair of young lovers on the run from the young girl’s psychotic mother sticks largely to convention, but doesn’t lack in the director’s token knack for violence and dark humor.
Rather than deliver a juicy, pulpy crime story, Lynch offers up a sun-bleached, heavy metal version of The Wizard of Oz, complete with witches, yellow brick roads and the clicking heels of ruby slippers.