Wilder Napalm (1993)




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This fantasy/comedy focus on two brothers born with the psychic ability to start fires; one becomes a carnival attraction, while the other represses his powers and becomes a fireman. Years later, the brothers both fall in love with the same woman, which naturally leads to heated conflict.
Comedy , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Dennis Quaid
as Wallace
Arliss Howard
as Wilder
M. Emmet Walsh
as Fire Chief
Mimi Lieber
as Snake Lady
Marvin J. McIntyre
as Deputy Sheriff Spivey
Daniel Hagen
as Harrison
Robert Peters
as Deputy Sheriff Day
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Critic Reviews for Wilder Napalm

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

A madcap rom-com made all the more entertaining thanks to the cast

May 5, 2005
Film Threat

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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May 7, 2007

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September 23, 2005
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June 19, 2005

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March 10, 2003

Audience Reviews for Wilder Napalm


Weird, with zero likeable characters. Even though it came out in 1993, for all intents and purposes this was an 80's movie; and only the 80's can produce the type of crap this is. Worse than The 'Burbs; worse than Beetlejuice; worse than Weekend at Bernie's. You get the picture.

Jeff B
Jeff B

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
Skooter Taylor

Wilder Napalm is the little seen cable movie about the Foudroyant Brothers, Wallace and Wilder, both of him are literal Firestarters. Wallace (Dennis Quaid, who's a lot of fun in this) travels with the circus with old Ernest himself (Jim Varney), and both of whom are set to reveal Wallace's gift to the world in order to become rich and famous. Wilder (Arliss Howard in a fun role) is a photo booth runner who lives a normal, stable life with his shut in wife (Debra Winger, who brings charm to her role) whose serving a house arrest sentence for starting her own fires. Soon, Wallace comes back to town and the long-running Foudroyant brother feud begins again, particularly over Debra Winger's character, whom both are in love with. There's a certain Tim Burton-esque charm to this film that goes there without any of the gothicism we've come to expect. The characters and storylines are great, and overall, an enjoyable movie is delivered. Definitely worth a watch.

Jason Duron
Jason Duron

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