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Jonathan Demme's sexy 1986 road comedy, a story about the liberation of a stuffed-shirt businessman (Jeff Daniels) by a free-spirited punkette (Melanie Griffith), looks better and better as the years go by. By dressing Griffith in a bowl-cut black wig and giving her character the resonant nickname Lulu, Demme establishes a clear link with G.W. Pabst's 1928 Louise Brooks melodrama Pandora's Box--except that in this case the influence of a sexual free spirit is not seen as malign or corrupting. The turning point comes when the girl's hard-edged manner is discarded along with the wig and the nickname: Lulu turns into Audrey, a touchingly vulnerable, fluffy blonde. Ray Liotta, making his first big splash as Audrey's ex-con ex-husband, a hot-wired collection of homicidal tics, personifies the menacing aspects of the "wild side" of life. The intensity of the final showdown between Daniels and Liotta startles some viewers, but it provides a needed catharsis. The film's glorious soundtrack album featuring David Byrne's peppy title track became a hit in its own right, and is still readily available. --David Chute

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Jeff DanielsCharles Driggs
Melanie GriffithLulu / Audrey Hankel
Ray LiottaRay Sinclair
George 'Red' SchwartzCounter Man (as George Schwartz)
Leib LenskyFrenchy
Tracey WalterThe Country Squire
Maggie T.Country Squire Bulldog
Patricia FalkenhainCharlie's Secretary
Sandy McLeodGraves' Secretary
Robert RidgelyRiachard Graves
Buzz KilmanTV Newscaster
Kenneth UttDad
Adelle LutzRose
Charles NapierIrate Chef
Jim RocheMotel Philosopher
John SaylesMotorcycle Cop
John WatersUsed Car Guy
The Texas KidHitchhiking Cowboy
Byron D. HutchersonHitchhiking Kid
Elena HutchersonHitchhiking Kid
Thomas CavanoGuitar Player
Dorothy DemmeJunk Store Gal
Emma ByrneJunk Store Gal
Dana PreuPeaches
Max the DogHimself
Mary Ardella DrewDonna Penski
Joseph Lee DavisJames Williams
Edward SaxonKevin Stroup
The FeeliesThe Willies
James HurdStylish Reunion Couple
Joanna Kitchen-HurdStylish Reunion Couple
Jack GilpinLarry Dillman
Su TissuePeggy Dillman
Gary GoetzmanGuido Paonessa
Margaret Colinirene
Chloe AmateauChloe
Dung ChauRobbery Victim
The CrewGas Station Rappers
Steven ScalesNelson (as Steve Scales)
John MontgomeryHarmonica Slim
Kristin OlsenTracy
Heather ShawChoir Girl
Vic BlairCowboy Maitre d'
D. Stanton MirandaDarlene
Ding-a-LingMotorcycle Dog
Johnny MarrsMotorcycle Driver
George Henry Wyche Jr.Police Officer
Marilee K. SmithPolice Officer
Jeffrey R. RiouxPolice Officer
Jeff HerigPolice Officer
Gil LazierHomicide Detective
Anna LevineThe Girl in 3F
'Sister' Carol EastDottie (as 'Sister Carol' East
Gary BishopCivil War Reenactor (uncredited)
Joanna DanielJoanne (uncredited)
Drummond ErskineCafe Patron (uncredited)

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Theme(s): Mob/Organized Crime, Police/S.W.A.T.
  • Director: Jonathan Demme
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 113 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 7, 1986
    EuropeMay 22, 1987
    JapanJun 11, 1988
    AustraliaFeb 26, 1987
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMay 10, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 5, 2001
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