Lula Fortune and Sailor Ripley go to a dance together but it ends with Sailor killing a man who came after him with a knife. Sailor spends some time in the Pee Dee Correctional Facility and Lula is there to pick him up when he gets out. They decide to ignore Sailor’s probation orders and they head for California but first to New Orleans. Lula’s mother, Marietta Fortune loses her mind every time she thinks about Lula with Sailor. She hires a killer to hunt down Sailor.
The violence is over the top in this film, too much for me and too harsh. Some scenes are not fully shown in the beginning and they are shown again with all the details. There are many flashback scenes to a fire at Lula's home. Both Lula and Sailor have problems from things that happened in their childhoods. Director David Lynch likes his films to be a jigsaw puzzle of ideas. 2* (I didn't like this movie)
125 min, Comedy directed by David Lynch with Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman, Crispin Glover, Diane Ladd, Calvin Lockhart, Isabella Rossellini, Harry Dean Stanton, Grace Zabriskie.
Note: Imdb 7.2 out of 10, 65% critic 81% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 4.2* out of 5* with 185 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in El Paso, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Los Angeles, Pasadena, Colton, Palmdale, North Hollywood, California. Before filming started, Dern and Cage went on a private road trip to Las Vegas to bond and define their characters as one. The snakeskin jacket worn by Sailor belonged to Cage and he gave it to Dern after filming. Dern’s cousin was Tennessee Williams and her parents, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern met during a stage production of Orpheus Descending.