Blue Velvet

1986

Blue Velvet

Critics Consensus

If audiences walk away from this subversive, surreal shocker not fully understanding the story, they might also walk away with a deeper perception of the potential of film storytelling.

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Director David Lynch crafted this hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion. Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff's curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that's being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). The sociopathic Booth has kidnapped Dorothy's young son and is using the child as a bargaining chip to repeatedly beat, humiliate and rape Dorothy. Though he's drawn to the virginal, wholesome Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), Jeff is also aroused by Dorothy and in trying to aid her, he discovers his dark side. As the film nears its conclusion, our hero learns that many more indivduals are tacitly involved with Frank, including a suave, lip-synching singer, Ben (Dean Stockwell), who is minding the kidnapped boy. Director Lynch explored many similar themes of the "disease" lying just under the surface of the small town, all-American faade in his later television series Twin Peaks (1990-91). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Cast

Kyle MacLachlan
as Jeffrey Beaumont
Dennis Hopper
as Frank Booth
Isabella Rossellini
as Dorothy Vallens
Laura Dern
as Sandy Williams
Hope Lange
as Mrs. Williams
George Dickerson
as Det. Williams
Priscilla Pointer
as Mrs. Beaumont
Frances Bay
as Aunt Barbara
Jack Harvey
as Mr. Beaumont
Brad Dourif
as Raymond
Kate Reid
as Party Girl
Dick Green
as Don Vallens
Fred Pickler
as Yellow Man/Det.T.R. Gordon
Philip Markert
as Dr. Gynde
Leonard Watkins
as Double Ed
Moses Gibson
as Double Ed
Selden Smith
as Nurse Cindy
Peter Carew
as Coroner
Jon Jon Snipes
as Little Donny
Andy Badale
as Piano Player
Jean Pierre Viale
as Master of Ceremonies
Angelo Badalamenti
as Piano Player
Donald Moore
as Desk Sergeant
Michelle Sasser
as Party Girl
Katie Reid
as Party Girl
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