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Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992)

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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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This dark drama is the prequel to the TV series, Twin Peaks, also by director David Lynch. A woman who seems to be innocent and pure by day leads a double life in a rural community where quite a bit of evil lurks just beneath the surface of an otherwise typical American small town. As she was sexually abused throughout her childhood by her possessed father, Laura has some obvious sexual problems and is heavily addicted to cocaine. This film tells of the bizarre and twisted circumstances that led to her murder--which was where the television series began.

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Cast

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
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
Gregory Hormel
as Band at Roadhouse
Gary Bullock
as Sheriff Cable
John Huck
as FBI Agent
Al Strobel
as Phillip Michael Gerard
Everett McGill
as Ed Hurrly
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Tremond
Eric Da Re
as Leo Johnson
Rick Aiello
as Cliff Howard
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 McCarthy
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 Grandson
David Brisbin
as Second Woodman
Steven Hodges
as Band at Roadhouse
William Ungerman
as Band at Roadhouse
Joseph "Simon" Szeibert
as Band at Roadhouse
Gregory 'Smokey' Hormel
as Band at Roadhouse
Joseph L. Altruda
as Band at Roadhouse
James Parks
as Service Station Mechanic
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 Place
Walter Olkewicz
as Jacques Renault
Kimmy Robertson
as Lucy Moran (scenes deleted)
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Critic Reviews for Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me

All Critics (64) | 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
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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
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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
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In Twin Peaks the movie, all the twists get straightened out. The thrill is gone.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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
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For a film with a pre-established conclusion, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me seems depressingly interminable.

Full Review… | May 3, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me

½

Only two years after winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes for Wild at Heart, David Lynch decided to revisit the town of his much loved TV series Twin Peaks and explore more of that mystery. Only this time at Cannes his film was booed and jeered out the door. Critics hated it. However, if you're a fan of the TV series then this prequel is pretty much essential viewing. Twin Peaks' homecoming queen, Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) is a struggling teenager who, by day, is a sought after and cherished member of her small town community. But she leads a double life and, by night, she has an obvious sexual promiscuity and spiralling cocaine habit that explain the circumstances which led to her demise - ending where the television series began. From the opening shot of Fire Walk With Me, Lynch makes a bold statement on what to expect from the film. He depicts a television with no reception before quickly smashing it with an axe. It doesn't take much to understand the symbolism. This film is not in the same style or the quirky, off-beat approach that the TV series had. This is a much violent and sinister revisit to Twin Peaks. Maybe this is the reason why critics gave it a mauling. Although most of the criticisms seem to stem from it being indecipherable. As is often the case with Lynch, though, answers don't come easy and if you haven't seen the television show then this film will, admittedly, make no sense whatsoever. As an avid fan of the show, I personally think this is a superb companion piece and one of Lynch's most criminally underrated films. As much as its tone is darker, it still flirts with the Twin Peaks vibe. The majority of the characters from the series reappear and Lynch also introduces some new one's that fit into the story perfectly; Agent Chet Desmond (Chris Isaak) and his forensic partner Sam Stanley (Kiefer Sutherland) dominate the opening of the film as they investigate the murder of Teresa Banks in the town of Deer Meadow and how her death could have implications on future murders. Their segment of the story contains some classic Lynchian moments - as well as Lynch himself making another welcome appearance as the hard-of-hearing FBI Chief Gordon Cole. From there, we move forward a year and back to Twin Peaks, for the last seven days of Laura Palmer's life. It's here that Sheryl Lee takes centre stage. She had little to do in the series but here Lynch makes her the focus of the film and Lee embraces the chance. Her performance is absolutely superb. She conveys a wide range of emotions and fully captures the despair of Laura. Her struggle is a harrowing and heartbreaking experience and feels, very much, like a tangible tragedy. Along the way, we also get a glimpse of some familiar characters and places; Kyle MacLachlan's Special Agent Dale Cooper makes a brief appearance as does The Man From Another Place and, of course, Killer Bob. We visit The Black Lodge and The Red Room and a genuinely unsettling scene involving the appearance (and disappearance) of David Bowie's Philip Jeffries. Surreal paintings, a dancing lady with a blue rose, backwards taking dwarves, log ladies and oscillating uvulas. This is classic Lynch and his vision of Twin Peaks and the duality of Laura Palmer's life is an altogether nightmarish one. His usual exploration of the depths of the human psyche is once again the major theme as he explores the psychological torture of individuals struggling with good and evil, loneliness and abandonment and the downward spiral of Laura, in particular, weighs devastatingly heavy. It can often be overlooked how much of horror this film is. It's not one in your conventional sense, though. It deals more with the evil within an everyday person and has dark forces at work but it doesn't have the archetypal spectre dressed up for a particular day of the festive year. They don't wield weapons or are seemingly indestructible. The evil at work here is what lingers under the facade of people and that psychological depth is what makes Lynch's film a masterclass in absolute terror. If your a fan of the series then this should appeal very highly. Otherwise, it's probably a Lynch film that you'll want to avoid. Either way, the critics got this wrong. Only those with a lack of familiarity or love for the cult show should find fault here. Mark Walker

Mark Walker
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

Put bluntly, this is not for the uninitiated; but for those who saw the series, this messy prequel is much easier to understand than it seems, inviting us into the dark world of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee is fantastic) yet failing to present any reason as to why it had to be made at all.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

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
xGary Xx

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