Wild at Heart

August 17, 1990 0 By Fans
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Hannah Kozak with Isabella Rossellini on location of the David Lynch film


Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 7.2/10 (35,496 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

David Lynch

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe

Lula's psychopathic mother goes crazy at the thought of Lula being with Sailor, who just got free from jail. Ignoring Sailor's probation, they set out for California. However their mother hires a killer to hunt down Sailor. Unaware of this, the two enjoy their journey and themselves being together… until they witness a young woman dying after a car accident – a bad omen.

Writers: Barry Gifford, David Lynch


Nicolas Cage

Sailor Ripley

Laura Dern

Lula Fortune

Willem Dafoe

Bobby Peru

J.E. Freeman

Marcelles Santos

Crispin Glover


Diane Ladd

Marietta Fortune

Calvin Lockhart


Isabella Rossellini

Perdita Durango

Harry Dean Stanton

Johnnie Farragut

Grace Zabriskie

Juana Durango

Sherilyn Fenn

Girl in Accident

Marvin Kaplan

Uncle Pooch

William Morgan Sheppard

Mr. Reindeer

(as W. Morgan Sheppard)

David Patrick Kelly


Freddie Jones

George Kovich

Release Date: 17 August 1990

Filming Locations: Castle Green Apartments – 99 S. Raymond, Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $9,500,000


Gross: $14,560,247

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Willem Dafoe is actually urinating in the toilet when he goes to visit Laura Dern and asks to "piss in your head". Apparently, Dafoe had drunk a lot of bottled water and really needed to go. Only later did he find out that the toilet was not a working one and some poor crew member had to clean it.


When Sailor leaves Lula, and Lula cries out "SAILOR!!!" in close-up, the image is reversed. Lula's hair is normally "waved" to her left, but in this shot, her hair is "waved" to her right.


When'd you start smoking, Sail?

I guess I started smoking when I was about… four. My momma was already dead then from lung cancer.

User Review



Recipient of the prestigious Palme d'Or award at Cannes, David Lynch's
"Wild at Heart" is an amazingly brilliant spectacle for the senses.
Bold splashes of deep red, curiously staged musical numbers (Nicolas
Cage does his own singing – and he's great!), and the continuous
references to "The Wizard of Oz" help create a surreal and dreamlike
texture to the narrative. The story in brief: Sailor and Lula
(excellent performances from both Nicolas Cage & Laura Dern); two
broken souls passionately in love, flee the vengeful wrath of Lula's
mother Marietta, who for reasons of her own will stop at nothing to
ensure the lovers are kept apart. Diane Ladd practically steals the
show in her brave portrayal of Lula's psychopathic mother Marietta. Gut
wrenchingly violent in places, hopelessly romantic in others; Lynch has
crafted an adult fairy tale worthy of multiple viewings. Recommended to
those who enjoy and appreciate abstract methods of film-making – a
definite 10/10!