Wild at Heart

1990, Drama, 2h 5m

52 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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One of director David Lynch's more uneven efforts, Wild at Heart is held together by his distinctive sensibilities and compelling work from Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern. Read critic reviews

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After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune (Laura Dern). Lula's mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), desperate to keep them apart, hires a hit man to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), an old buddy who's also out to get Sailor, try to rob a store. When Sailor lands in jail yet again, the young lovers appear further than ever from the shared life they covet.

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Critic Reviews for Wild at Heart

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Audience Reviews for Wild at Heart

  • May 04, 2021
    Eat you heart out, 'True Romance'.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 21, 2019
    21/03/2019
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Wild at Heart is a crazy ride through a crazy land filled with all manner of crazy people. The film can be many things: comedy, romance, adventure, thriller, horror, etc. It draws many comparisons as well: Repo Man, Raising Arizona, Easy Rider. But at its core it is a unique love story that works. Wild at Heart is the type of film you just have to see for yourself.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2015
    Lynch's strongest work is done when he fully embraces the most surreal aspects of filmmaking. In Wild at Heart we instead see something more reminiscent of Thelma and Louise with a handful of blatant Wizard of Oz references and the added disadvantage of Nic Cage in the leading role.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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