Something Wild (1986 film)

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Something Wild
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Produced by Jonathan Demme
Kenneth Utt
Written by E. Max Frye
Starring Jeff Daniels
Melanie Griffith
Ray Liotta
Music by The Feelies
Laurie Anderson
John Cale
Fine Young Cannibals
New Order
Sister Carol
Oingo Boingo
Steve Jones
Cinematography Tak Fujimoto
Edited by Craig McKay
Distributed by Orion Pictures
(Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Release dates
  • November 7, 1986 (1986-11-07)
Running time 113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $8,362,969[1]

Something Wild is a 1986 American action comedy film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels and Ray Liotta. It was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.[2] This film has some elements of a road movie, and it has acquired a certain cult status.


In New York City, Charlie Driggs (Jeff Daniels) is a seemingly conventional banker whose wife has left him. In a café, an adorable young brunette named Lulu (Melanie Griffith) spots him leaving without paying. After a confrontation, the two embark together on a bizarre adventure in a car that, she said, she acquired from a divorce. Charlie is overwhelmed by these events. Thinking that Charlie is still married, Lulu tells him that her real name is Audrey, and takes him to visit her mother, Peaches. There Audrey adopts a different persona than Lulu and becomes a platinum blonde. Coming to accept Audrey's free-wheeling lifestyle, Charlie realises he is falling in love with her. The relationship takes a dark turn when her violent ex-convict husband, Ray Sinclair (Ray Liotta) shows up at a high school reunion; and Ray wants her back. Dumping his girlfriend Irene (Margaret Colin), Ray takes Audrey and Charlie on a short-lived crime spree. The trio end up in a motel room where Audrey learns Charlie is no longer happily married and, under duress, she reluctantly realizes she has to stay with Ray. Ray tells Charlie to leave, warning him to keep away, but Charlie secretly tails them when they leave the motel. Charlie devises a plan to extract Audrey from Ray's grasp, and having done so, he takes Audrey to his home. Ray unexpectedly shows up and begins beating up Charlie, but in a scuffle Charlie accidentally stabs Ray, who dies. Audrey is taken away for questioning. Afterward, Charlie tries to find Audrey at her apartment, but she has moved. Later, near the café where they first met, Audrey (in her third incarnation) appears with a station wagon and invites Charlie into her car and back into her life.



Something Wild gained positive acclaim from critics and currently holds an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews.

Home media[edit]

Something Wild was released on DVD on June 5, 2001. The film was presented in its original 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio. The only special feature was the original theatrical trailer. That edition is currently out of print.

The film was released on Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray Disc on May 10, 2011. The Blu-ray has a new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Tak Fujimoto and approved by director Jonathan Demme. It also features new video interviews with Demme and writer E. Max Frye, the original theatrical trailer, and a special booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thompson.[3]

The film's soundtrack was released as a CD, featuring only 10 of the 49 tracks in the title credits. All the school reunion songs performed by The Feelies, including "Fame" and "I'm a Believer", were omitted, and The Troggs' "Wild Thing", which gave the film its title and which was sung in the convertible scene, was also left out.


1987 Golden Globe Awards
1987 Edgar Awards

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Something Wild at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Something Wild". Retrieved 2009-07-25. 
  3. ^ "Something Wild". The Criterion Collection. 

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