Wilder Napalm (1993)




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After a childhood spat drove brothers Wilder (Arliss Howard) and Wallace (Dennis Quaid) apart, they went their separate ways, until a chance meeting brought them back together again. Gifted with a psychic ability to spark fires, Wilder supresses his gift, marries the lovely Vida (Debra Winger), and attempts to lead a normal life. However, he runs into his brother, who is using his powers to work as a carnival attraction, and their reunion leads to disaster when the brothers begin to compete for … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Vince Gilligan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 2003
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for Wilder Napalm

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 1993
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | August 1, 2008
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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A madcap rom-com made all the more entertaining thanks to the cast

May 6, 2005
Film Threat

May 7, 2007

Audience Reviews for Wilder Napalm

This was just a little too wacky to be either funny or serious. I was just trying to suspend disbelief the whole time.

Skooter Taylor

One of the strangest movies I've ever seen! Definitely give it kudos for originality. It's just good enough to stay to the end, but really no laughs to be a comedy and not serious enough to be a good drama.

Where was this gem hiding for the last 15 years? How did I never hear of it? This is just the kind of quirky early/mid-90s era films that I love. It's over engineered, highly detailed, and perhaps way ahead of its time.

I don't know if this film was shelved or if it simply didn't catch on with people or find an audience, but this is a fantastic romantic comedy with brilliant acting and stunning cinematography. The writer and director of this film are both underrated geniuses...

Max A.

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