Wild at Heart
Character: Lula Fortune
Directed by: David Lynch
Written by: David Lynch
Produced by: Steve Golin, Michael Kuhn, Monty Montgomery, Sigurjon Sighvatsson
Other cast: Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe
Release date: August 17, 1990
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Running time: 2h 5min

After serving prison time for a self-defense killing, Sailor Ripley reunites with girlfriend Lula Fortune. Lula's mother, Marietta, desperate to keep them apart, hires a hit man to kill Sailor. But he finds a whole new set of troubles when he and Bobby Peru, an old buddy who's also out to get Sailor, try to rob a store. When Sailor lands in jail yet again, the young lovers appear further than ever from the shared life they covet.


During filming, Laura Dern passed out when David Lynch asked her to smoke four cigarettes at once in one deep inhalation. When she came to, she saw a worried Lynch standing above her asking: “Tidbit! Are you alright?”

Before filming started, Laura Dern and Nic Cage went on a road trip to Las Vegas in order to bond and get a handle on their characters. It was Dern’s idea with her stating, “We agreed Sailor and Lula had to be one person, one character, and we would share it”.

Laura Dern broke her “no nudity” clause for the film. Stating she felt comfortable with director Lynch and that the love story warranted it.


This whole world’s wild at heart and weird on top.

Uh oh. Baby, you’d better get me back to that hotel. You got me hotter than Georgia asphalt.

One of these days the sun’s gonna come up and burn a hole clean through the planet like a giant electrical x-ray.