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
Oingo Boingo
Steve Jones
Cinematography Tak Fujimoto
Editing 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]


Charles Driggs (Jeff Daniels), is a straight-laced banker from New York City, whose wife left him nine months earlier. One day, he meets an adorable young woman named Lulu (Melanie Griffith), and the two go on a bizarre adventure in a car that Lulu has stolen. Charles discovers that Lulu's real name is Audrey just before meeting her mother. Charles eventually embraces Audrey's free-wheeling lifestyle and realizes he might be in love with her. The relationship takes a dark turn when her violent ex-convict husband, Ray Sinclair (Ray Liotta) shows up at her high school class reunion and wants her back. Ray takes Audrey and Charles on a short-lived crime spree and warns Charles to stay away from them. Charles follows them and figures out a way to take Audrey out of Ray's grasp. Charles takes Audrey to his home, but Ray unexpectedly shows up and begins beating up Charles and destroying the home. Ray is accidentally stabbed in the stomach with a knife that Charles was holding and dies. Upon finding out that Audrey was Ray's wife, she's brought in for questioning. Shortly after, Charles and Audrey reunite at the same spot where they met and embrace.


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 via 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]


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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