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  • Actors: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, George 'Red' Schwartz, Leib Lensky
  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Writers: E. Max Frye
  • Producers: Kenneth Utt, Jonathan Demme, Bill Miller, Edward Saxon, Ronald M. Bozman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AUJU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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'reckless romance, comedy and a wild-side ride [you] won't soon forget (Newsday)! Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta star in this classic comedy thriller about losing yourself, finding your heart and kidnapping a date for your high-school reunion! Nominated* for three Golden Globe awards, Something Wild captures the giddy exhilaration of jumping into a car, hitting the road [and] chucking it all (LA Herald-Examiner)! Mild-mannered Charlie Driggs (Daniels) thinks he's a closet rebeluntil he meets a real one. Sexy, free-spirited and totally reckless, Lulu (Griffith) hijacks Charlie for an outrageous spree filled with offbeat sex, petty larceny and hilarious mayhem. But when Lulu's psychotic ex-con husband Ray (Liotta) puts the brakes on their joyride, Charlie suddenly realizes that his walk on the wild side may not only cost him his job and his girlfriendit just might cost him his lifein this wonderfully zesty romantic thriller full of unexpected plot curves (New York Daily News)! *1986: Actress: Melanie Griffith; Actor: Jeff Daniels; Supporting Actor: Ray Liotta

Customer Reviews

This is a great twist on the traditional love story.
Keith Taylor
He does everything he is supposed to do, feels terrible stress and is aware that something is missing from his life.
Robert J. Crawford
Here, Demme, the master filmmaker, gives us one of the most uncannily blissful moments in motion pictures.
J. Figler

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert Naugle on May 2, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I thought Demme walked on water after seeing this movie (and its follow-ups, Married to the Mob and Silence of the Lambs). I love the layers of texture to this movie--there's always some set decoration I never noticed before, and the performances he wrings out of his stable of actors is great. This movie defined "alternative" when it was released, and deftly pulled off the seemingly impossible feat of starting out screwball comedy and turning violent halfway thru without losing its voice. All three leads have never done better than they did here (okay, maybe Liotta in Goodfellas). So why is SW subjected to the basement of video VHS? This movie made tons of critics top 10 lists for the Eighties (sadly not much of a challenge, but still...) and yet can't even get a DVD date to prom. Wild...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BTRBFLO on January 18, 2002
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie in the theaters, and I remember sitting spellbound, utterly enthralled by the adept manner in which Jonathan Demme blends comedy, romance, drama, and suspense in a single film. For years, I would catch it whenever I could on cable -- or, if I were hanging with a "virgin" friend who had never before seen the film, I'd scrounge up a rental copy (pan-n-scan, of course) at the local video store. All told, I've seen it about a dozen times, twice as many times as I have seen any other movie -- but only once in the widescreen format in which it was originally composed.
When people ask me what my favorite movie is, I tell them without hesitation, "Something Wild." Inevitably, a look of comprehension is absent from their face. I briefly explain the plot, describe Melanie Griffith in the black wig, Jeff Daniels as the nebbishy accountant, and Ray Liotta as the Lulu's sinister ex-con (IMHO, career-best performances for all three), and faces begin to light up. Most people have caught at least a part of this film on Comedy Central and recognize it (if only slightly) from those heavily edited screenings, which is a shame because this movie needs to be seen in its unexpurgated form in order to really gain an appreciation of its genius.
So you can imagine my delight when I opened a birthday gift from my girlfriend and found inside a copy of "Something Wild" on DVD. If I were capable of squealing, I would have. You see, I was under the impression that this was one of those "lost titles" that would never be released on DVD. Yet there it was, in my hands, a true cinematic masterpiece, one of the best films of the 80s, my favorite movie. Sigh. What a great birthday present!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I realize it might be a little late, but to the student from Santa Clara, to proclaim "Something Wild" as a deeply religious movie would not be too far off the mark. Director Jonathan Demme uses an abundance of crosses and portraits of the Virgin Mary in many scenes (at "Mom and Dad's Restaurant"; "Peaches"'s house; Lulu's apartment) and many scenes from the film mirror the Good Samaritan parable of the Bible: the hitchhikers Charlie and Lulu pick up; the little black girl who asks Charlie if he needs help outside the gospel church; the naive teen who pays for Ray's dinner after Charlie and Lulu leave him stranded at the restaurant; the gas-station attendant ("Attempt to be cool!"); the man at the motel who offers Charlie Pepto-Bismol to conquer his hangover ("It's better to be a live dog than a dead lion."); and ultimately Charlie and Lulu, who each gives the other something they've been longing to have. Lulu gives Charlie a rebellion which had only previously been "channeled into the mainstream" and thusly ends his repression; and Charlie gives Lulu a sense of comfort and love after years of one-night stands in motel rooms. I'm sure you could even make something out of the religious radio program Ray is listening to as he is embarking for an all-night search for revenge. Of course I have seen this film many times and one of its many strengths is its watchability. Why this film isn't cited in more film-buff circles is beyond me, but let me go on record saying that this is a great movie. It is precisely these deep subtexts which make me want to pop it in the VCR for the millionth time. Well, that and the soundtrack. I love this movie simply because it's so damn quirky!Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By elvistcob@lvcm.com on January 25, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
First, the music in this movie. Director Jonathan Demme has always put good songs in, but "Something Wild" might be the best example. Just about every song used reminds me of the good things about inventive creative music from the 80's, while leaving the garbage out. Thus the "time capsule" header, as this is the way I'd like to remember that era.
The movie itself is a wild roller coaster that is somewhat of an updated version of a Hitchcock movie. The comparison here is based on an everyday guy getting himself drawn deeper and deeper in to a situation, where he not only at times escape is fairly difficult, but he'll eventually have to fight for his life.
But what makes it more intriguing is that when the everyday guy does get a chance to escape, he finds his situation so intriguing that he changes his mind. He not only spies on the situation he probably should be running away from as fast as he can, but he also confronts it in one of the most ballsy scenes in movie history. The restaurant scene where he virtually walks in and takes the girl from the nasty bad guy is a cinematic treat.
So is the casting. Jeff Daniels is perfect as the everyday guy. It's disappointing to see Melanie Griffith today, because in this movie she absolutely sizzles as the bad girl who gets him into the predicament, but also has a good side that wants to get out of the bad life. And the screen debut of Ray Liotta is absolutely electrifying as an intelligent violent man, and I'm sure this is what got him the recognition that led to "Goodfellas". I'm amazed that I saw this movie while well into my adult life, and considering that was already sixteen years ago, I'm starting to feel old again.
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