Jonathan Demme

Something Wild

Something Wild

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.

Film Info

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

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • 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

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • 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

Something Wild
Cast
Melanie Griffith
Audrey “Lulu” Hankel
Jeff Daniels
Charles Driggs
Ray Liotta
Ray Sinclair
Margaret Colin
Irene
Tracey Walter
Country Squire
Dana Preu
Peaches
Jack Gilpin
Larry Dillman
Charles Napier
Irate chef
Robert Ridgely
Richard Graves
Sister Carol
Dottie
The Feelies
The Willies
John Sayles
Motorcycle cop
John Waters
Used-car guy
Kristen Olsen
Tracy
Steve Scales
Nelson
The Texas Kid
Hitchhiking cowboy
Su Tissue
Peggy Dillman
Kenneth Utt
Dad
Jim Roche
Motel philosopher
Credits
Director
Jonathan Demme
Producer
Jonathan Demme
Producer
Kenneth Utt
Written by
E. Max Frye
Director of photography
Tak Fujimoto
Editing
Craig McKay
Production design
Norma Moriceau
Executive producer
Edward Saxon
Music score by
John Cale
Music score by
Laurie Anderson
Opening song by
David Byrne
Associate producers
Bill Miller
Associate producers
Ron Bozman
Sound recordist
Frank Graziadei
Art director
Steve Lineweaver
Camera operator
Tony Janelli
Costume supervisor
Eugene Bafaloukos
Musical consultant
Gary Goetzman

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