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Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart

Director:David Lynch
Cast:Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Willem Dafoe
Genre:Drama, Romance, Crime

At the Charles Theatre at midnight Aug. 27

By Bret McCabe | Posted 8/24/2005

Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage) wears a snakeskin jacket as a symbol of his individuality and belief in personal freedom, and his girl, Lula Pace (Laura Dern, strutting her considerable stuff), knows this whole world is wild at heart and weird on top. Heís an ex-con who knows more about Luluís past than he really should, particularly the role her momma, Marietta Fortune (Diane Ladd at her most cartoonishly wicked), played in her fatherís death. And when Sailor and Lulu head cross-country, Marietta sets a string of underworld characters on their tail, including the vile, reptilian Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe). David Lynch shot this gloriously loud, unabashedly violent, The Wizard of Oz-quoting, Elvis-obsessed, and melodramatically lurid take on Barry Giffordís source novel between seasons of Twin Peaks, and half the fun is checking off the bizarrely inspired cameos from his TV castóparticularly Jack Nance with his dog monologue, Sherilyn Fenn as a girl with something sticky in her hair after an automobile accident, and, in a bonkers meta-joke, Laura Palmer herself, Sheryl Lee, as the Good Witch. Rockiní good news, peanut.

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