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Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992)

Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me



Critic Consensus: For better or worse, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is every bit as strange and twisted as you'd expect from David Lynch.

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David Lynch's prequel to his cult television series "Twin Peaks" concerns the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), whose plastic-wrapped corpse, found floating in a river, was the fulcrum for the television series. During the day in the town of Twin Peaks, Laura is a top honors student at the local high school. By night, she is a sex-crazed cokehead, prostituting herself at a sleazy sex club to get money to feed her drug habit. Her race to oblivion is fueled by her father, Leland (Ray Wise), who, as his alter ego Bob (Frank Silva), has been sexually abusing Laura since she was a child. But Laura has an attack of conscience when she realizes that she is leading her best friend Donna (Moira Kelly) down the same rocky road. Leland, however, discovers Laura's nocturnal debauchery when, during a business trip out-of-town, his mistress for a sexual tryst sets him up with his own daughter. In a fit of jealous rage, Leland follows Laura as she travels to a sex party in an abandoned railroad car. Consumed by insatiable longing, Leland transforms himself into Bob, with tragic results for Laura and her friends.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Engels, David Lynch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 26, 2002
New Line Cinema


Sheryl Lee
as Laura Palmer
Ray Wise
as Leland Palmer
Chris Isaak
as Chester
David Bowie
as Phillip
Phoebe Augustine
as Ronette Pulaski
James Marshall
as James Hurley
Pam Gidley
as Teresa Banks
Grace Zabriskie
as Sarah Palmer
Pamela Gidley
as Teresa Banks
David Lynch
as Gordon Cole
Mädchen Amick
as Shelly Johnson
Miguel Ferrer
as Albert Rosenfield
Heather Graham
as Annie Blackburn
Gary Bullock
as Sheriff Cable
Gregory Hormel
as Band at Roadhouse
John Huck
as FBI Agent
Al Strobel
as Phillip Michael Gera...
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Tremond
Everett McGill
as Ed Hurrly
Rick Aiello
as Cliff Howard
Eric Da Re
as Leo Johnson
Lenny Von Dohlen
as Harold Smith
Jon Huck
as FBI Agent
Mike Malone
as FBI Agent
Joe Berman
as Bus Driver
Yvonne Roberts
as 1st Prostitute
Audra L. Cooper
as 2nd Prostitute
Kimberly Ann Cole
as Lit the Dancer
Elizabeth Ann McCart...
as Giggling Secretary
C.H. Evans
as Jack at Hap's
Paige Bennett
as French Girl at Hap's
G. Kenneth Davidson
as Old Guy at Hap's
Ingrid Brucato
as Curious Women
Margaret Adams
as Fat Trout Neighbor
Carlton L. Russell
as Jumping Man
Calvin Lockhart
as The Electrician
Jonathan J. Leppell
as Mrs. Tremond's Grand...
David Brisbin
as Second Woodman
Steven Hodges
as Band at Roadhouse
William Ungerman
as Band at Roadhouse
Joseph "Simon" Szeib...
as Band at Roadhouse
Gregory 'Smokey' Hor...
as Band at Roadhouse
Joseph L. Altruda
as Band at Roadhouse
James Parks
as Service Station Mech...
Jane Jones
as School Teacher
Karin Robison
as Angel in Train Car
Lorna MacMillan
as Angel in Red Room
Julee Cruise
as Roadhouse Singer
Gary Hershberger
as Mike Nelson
Sandra Kinder
as Irene at Hap's
Lenny van Dohlen
as Harold Smith
Michael J. Anderson
as Man from Another Pla...
Walter Olkewicz
as Jacques Renault
Kimmy Robertson
as Lucy Moran (scenes d...
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Critic Reviews for Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (12)

In its own singular, deeply strange way, Fire Walk With Me is David Lynch's masterpiece.

Full Review… | December 13, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

There have always been two sides to Lynch: the inscrutable, demonic prankster and the rhapsodic dreamer. In Fire Walk With Me, he's at least trying to recover his poetic sincerity. If only his dreams weren't starting to look like reruns.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

At its best, it's a dream within a dream, a nightmare in endlessly reflecting pop mirrors, a screen full of TV-movie sex and horror kitsch blowing up right in our faces.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In Twin Peaks the movie, all the twists get straightened out. The thrill is gone.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

For those who are willing to go the distance with Lynch, the return trip to Twin Peaks is well worth the trouble.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

For a film with a pre-established conclusion, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me seems depressingly interminable.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me


A pretty high school girl who dabbles with drugs and prostitution is haunted by bizarre dreams and stalked by a mysterious figure known only as "Bob". David Lynch's prequel to his hugely influential TV series Twin Peaks bears all his usual hallmarks. It's the story of the unseen horrors of middle America featuring unsettling and deliberately obtuse imagery which is scored brilliantly with inventive sound design and populated by offbeat characters. The opening in particular as the FBI investigate a similar case a year earlier is classic Lynch and to be honest I wish he'd stayed with them a bit longer. Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland and Harry Dean Stanton all give very memorable performances and Sheryl Lee ably tackles a very complex character. The story set in Twin Peaks features the final days of Laura Palmer and for this reason Fire Walk With Me works neither as a stand alone nor as an introduction to the series; those who have not seen the show will find it incomprehensible while at the same time it gives away far too much of the story. Taken as a companion piece for fans it's a thought provoking and disturbing requiem to a heartfelt story with a very important message.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

This prequel to the events of the cult TV show explores the sordid story behind Laura Palmer's last days. There's a good core story here about the doomed homecoming queen, but it's obscured by too much Lynchian fanservice: multiple dream sequences trying too hard to outweird each other, the shoehorning in of popular characters who have nothing to do with Laura's story, and too many digressions (an entire half hour prologue devoted to a previous victim!) meant to tie up loose ends from the cancelled TV series.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


It has some flaws but for those who are fans of the series, this is a must see. Actually looking back at it now, some of the most memorable scenes from all of Lynch's films are in this one, including a nice little part featuring David Bowie.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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