Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me (1992)



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.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Sheryl Lee
as Laura Palmer
Ray Wise
as Leland Palmer
Moira Kelly
as Donna
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
Gary Bullock
as Sheriff Cable
Gregory Hormel
as Band at Roadhouse
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
Andrea Hays
as Heidi
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 (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

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


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

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
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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