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Something Wild

Jonathan Demme

Something Wild (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1986
  • 113 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #563

A straitlaced businessman meets a quirky, free-spirited woman at a downtown New York greasy spoon. Her offer of a ride back to his office results in a lunchtime motel rendezvous—just the beginning of a capricious interstate road trip that brings the two face-to-face with their hidden selves. Featuring a killer soundtrack and electric performances from Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, and Ray Liotta, Something Wild, directed by oddball American auteur Jonathan Demme, is both a kinky comic thriller and a radiantly off-kilter love story.


Audrey “Lulu” HankelMelanie Griffith
Charles DriggsJeff Daniels
Ray SinclairRay Liotta
IreneMargaret Colin
Country SquireTracey Walter
PeachesDana Preu
Larry DillmanJack Gilpin
Irate chefCharles Napier
Richard GravesRobert Ridgely
DottieSister Carol
The WilliesThe Feelies
Motorcycle copJohn Sayles
Used-car guyJohn Waters
TracyKristen Olsen
NelsonSteve Scales
Hitchhiking cowboyThe Texas Kid
Peggy DillmanSu Tissue
DadKenneth Utt
Motel philosopherJim Roche


DirectorJonathan Demme
ProducerJonathan Demme and Kenneth Utt
Written byE. Max Frye
Director of photographyTak Fujimoto
EditingCraig McKay
Production designNorma Moriceau
Executive producerEdward Saxon
Music score byJohn Cale and Laurie Anderson
Opening song byDavid Byrne
Associate producersBill Miller and Ron Bozman
Sound recordistFrank Graziadei
Art directorSteve Lineweaver
Camera operatorTony Janelli
Costume supervisorEugene Bafaloukos
Musical consultantGary Goetzman

Disc Features


  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Tak Fujimoto and approved by director Jonathan Demme, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interviews with Demme and writer E. Max Frye
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Thompson

    New cover by Sam Smith

Press Notes

Press Notes: Something Wild

May 18, 2011

The Criterion release of Something Wild has critics remembering just how fun it is to get lost . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

The Bob

May 11, 2011


Something Wild: Wild Things

By David ThompsonMay 10, 2011

Something Wild asks the eternal question “What makes us happy?” But the answer it proposes is . . . Read more »