Something Wild

Something Wild

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Director: Jonathan Demme

Cast: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta


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A wildly inventive and entertaining comic nightmare from former Roger Corman prodigy Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), this screwball odyssey is a ride to remember. Jeff Daniels plays clean-cut New York bond trader Charlie Driggs, who accepts a ride home from a strange but attractive lower-class woman named Lulu (Melanie Griffith). The sexy Louise…  See more details below


A wildly inventive and entertaining comic nightmare from former Roger Corman prodigy Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), this screwball odyssey is a ride to remember. Jeff Daniels plays clean-cut New York bond trader Charlie Driggs, who accepts a ride home from a strange but attractive lower-class woman named Lulu (Melanie Griffith). The sexy Louise Brooks lookalike doesn't take him home, but shanghais him for a bizarre roadtrip to Virginia that includes kinky bondage sex, destruction of property, and robbery. Things get stranger when Lulu tells Charlie that her real name is Audrey and takes him home to meet her mother, asking him to pose as her husband. The charade continues until her high-school reunion, where the roadtrip (and the entire film) takes a sharp U-turn into psycho-thriller territory. Audrey's dangerously psychotic ex-con husband, Ray Sinclair (Ray Liotta), shows up. What had been a liberating fling for Charlie turns into a bloody and vicious battle for survival.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Jonathan Demme's stylistic choices here hearken back to such 1930s screwball comedies as Bringing Up Baby, with a liberal dose of the danger and insanity of Martin Scorsese's After Hours. The tone of much of this film is lighter than Scorsese's, though, making the transition from comedy to thriller even more disarming when it occurs. A beautifully structured screenplay by E. Max Frye and believable performances with a dark and strangely erotic edge make this a film that really lives up to its title. The three leads all do excellent work. Ray Liotta is nasty and menacing in his role, chasing the pair to New York and nearly kicking them both to pieces with his steel-tipped boots before meeting a gory demise. Perhaps Liotta is even a bit too menacing, as his sadistic thrashings of Daniels and Griffith threaten to throw off the balance of the film at times, but Demme eventually gets things back on track for a traditional happy ending.

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Special Features

New Interviews with Demme And Screenwriter E. Max Frye; Original Theatrical Trailer; Plus: A Booklet featuring an Essay by Film Critic David Thompson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Daniels Charlie Driggs
Melanie Griffith Audrey 'Lulu' Hankel
Ray Liotta Ray Sinclair
Margaret Colin Irene
Tracey Walter The Country Squire
Dana Preu Peaches
Jack Gilpin Larry Dillman
Su Tissue Peggy Dillman
Kristin Olsen Tracy
John Sayles Motorcycle Cop
Charles Napier Irate Chef
Kenneth Utt Dad
Emma Bryne Junk Store Gal
John Carpenter Actor
Crew Gas Station Rapper
Lee Joseph Davis James Williams
Ding-A-Ling Motorcycle Dog
Ardella Mary Drew Donna Penski
Dung Chau Robbery Victim
Sister Carol East Dottie
Feelies The Willies
Jeff Herig Police Officer
D. Byron Hutcherson Actor
Max the Dog Himself
Stanton D. Miranda "Darlene"
Robert Ridgely Richard Graves
R. Jeffery Rioux Actor
Steve Scales Nelson
K. Marilee Smith Actor
T. Maggie Country Squire Bulldog
Henry George Wyche Actor
Texas Kid Hitchhiking Cowboy
George "Red" Schwartz Counter Man
Leib Lensky Frenchy
Patricia Falkenhain Charlie's Secretary
Sandy McLeod Graves' Secretary
Buzz Kilman TV Newscaster
Adelle Lutz Rose
Jim Roche Motel Philosopher
Eleana Hutcherson Hitchhiking Kid
Thomas Cavano Guitar Player
Dorothy Demme Junk Store Gal
Edward Saxon Kevin Stroup
James Hurd Stylish Reunion Couple
Joanna Kitchen-Hurd Stylish Reunion Couple
Gary Goetzman Guido Paonessa
Chloe Amateau Chloe
John Montgomery Harmonica Slim
Heather Shaw Choir Girl
Vic Blair Cowboy Maitre d'
Johnny Marrs Motorcycle Driver
Gil Lazier Homicide Detective
Anna Levine The Girl in 3F

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director,Producer
Carlos Alomar Songwriter
Laurie Anderson Score Composer
Eugenie Bafaloukos Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Baile Songwriter
Tina Baker Songwriter
Arthur Baker Songwriter
David Bean Songwriter
N.S. Bopare Songwriter
David Bowie Songwriter
Ron Bozman Associate Producer
Risa Bramon Casting
Manley Buchanan Songwriter
David Byrne Songwriter
John Cale Score Composer
Robin Campbell Songwriter
Ali Campbell Songwriter
Franklyn Campbell Songwriter
Exene Cervenka Songwriter
Lisa Chadwick Songwriter
Thomas Corey Songwriter
Danny Darst Songwriter
Martha Davis Songwriter
Richard Dean Makeup
Neil Diamond Songwriter
Robert Dockett Songwriter
Sam Dotson Songwriter
Danny Elfman Songwriter
F. Ennui Songwriter
F.A.S. Songwriter
Earl Falconer Songwriter
Cheo Feliciano Songwriter
Robert Forester Songwriter
Max E. Frye Screenwriter
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Bill Garvey Songwriter
Ronald Harris Songwriter
Jerry Harrison Songwriter
Norman Hassan Songwriter
Jasper van't Hof Songwriter
Billy Hopkins Casting
Jack White Songwriter
Tony Jannelli Camera Operator
Jean-Michel Jarre Songwriter
John Doe Songwriter
Jerry Johnson Songwriter
Marilyn Jones Songwriter
Jeff Jourard Songwriter
Mitch Kaplan Songwriter
Vivian Keith Songwriter
Kris Kristofferson Songwriter
Don Letts Songwriter
Stephen Lineweaver Art Director
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul Songwriter
Louis Marriot Songwriter
Pat McDonald Songwriter
Craig McKay Editor
Grant McLennan Songwriter
L. McQueen Songwriter
Glen Mercer Songwriter
Bob Miller Associate Producer
Herbie Miller Songwriter
Bill Milling Songwriter
Norma Moriceau Production Designer
Chuck Napier Songwriter
Wazmo Nariz Songwriter
New Order Songwriter
Sonny Okossun Songwriter
L. Palmer Songwriter
N. Peters Songwriter
E. Piliso Songwriter
Billy Reynolds Set Decoration/Design
Richard Walters Songwriter
John Robotham Stunts
Jim Roch Songwriter
Scott Rogness Songwriter
John Saxon Executive Producer
Edward Saxon Executive Producer
Pete Shelley Songwriter
Steve Jones Songwriter
Chip Taylor Songwriter
Sidonia Thorpe Songwriter
Camilla Toniolo Editor
Brian Travers Songwriter
Kenneth Utt Producer,Production Manager
Michael Virtue Songwriter
Bill Wharton Songwriter
Marijohn Wilkin Songwriter
Terence Wilson Songwriter
Yellowman Songwriter
Joan York Songwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Something Wild
1. Opening Credits [3:11]
2. A Closet Rebel [4:47]
3. VP [1:30]
4. Four Pints [2:58]
5. A Really Good Liar [6:39]
6. Change Of Plans [1:31]
7. Mom & Dad's [3:24]
8. Live Dog Or Dead Lion [3:34]
9. New Wheels [3:12]
10. Thrift Store Makeover [1:56]
11. "Don't Call Me Lulu" [2:49]
12. Past To Present [2:55]
13. Reunions [6:27]
14. Unconvinced [3:35]
15. Cutting Loose [2:03]
16. Enter Ray [2:17]
17. "Always Keep 'Em Guessing" [2:08]
18. Getting Some Answers [5:54]
19. Marlboros [3:24]
20. True Confessions [7:00]
21. "Attempt To Be Cool" [4:25]
22. Asleep At The Wheel [5:08]
23. Turning The Tables [6:09]
24. Back On The Road [6:19]
25. "The Other Half Of You" [8:37]
26. No Good-Byes [5:52]
27. End Credits [5:44]


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