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Wild at Heart Movie Review Summary

Actors: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd

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When Sailor (Cage) gets out of jail after doing time for self-defensive manslaughter, Lula (Dern) is waiting for him. Her mother Marietta (Ladd) goes crazy over the match, so the couple head out on the road with a detective (Sailor's jumped his probation) and a killer hired by Marietta on their tails. Sailor and Lula tell each other their life stories, make passionate love in a variety of motels, and meet some typically bizarre Lynchian characters in a string of small towns. Eventually, stranded in one of those hamlets, Sailor goes in on a criminal job with the loathesome thug Bobby Peru (Dafoe). Cage acts with fire in his snakeskin jacket, and Dern does a fair job of becoming a dumb and oversexed doll. David Lynch regulars Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton, Grace Zabriskie, and Sherrilyn Fenn may be glimpsed among the supporting players, and Lynch quotes liberally from "The Wizard of Oz" as well as inserting references to Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and "Yojimbo." Although this film strikes some viewers as overlong and bleak for a romance, it won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990, and Ladd's crazed performance earned an Oscar nomination.
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Plot & Themes

Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   criminals killing each other    -   criminals on the run Road trip    -   Yes Lover is...    -   criminal/bad doer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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