Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart also screens Friday, February 14, with an introduction by Barry Gifford.


Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, Diane Ladd,

Just out of prison for manslaughter, Sailor (Nicolas Cage) breaks parole to take Lula (Laura Dern), his inseparable lover, to California. Lula’s mother, Marietta (Diane Ladd), accompanied by a private eye (Harry Dean Stanton), pursues the de facto fugitives to rescue her daring daughter from herself. In Big Tuna, Texas, a scruffy town inhabited by lowlifes, they encounter the thoroughly demented Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), who confirms Lula’s observation that “this whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.” Lynch’s fantastical free-for-all helped put Sailor and Lula on the American misfit map when it won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • David Lynch
Based On
  • The novel by Barry Gifford

  • Frederick Elmes
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 127 mins
  • Chicago Cinema Society
  • Park Circus