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Director [[Performer~P100454~David Lynch~davidlynch]] crafted this hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion. Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff's curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that's being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens ([[Performer~P61690~Isabella Rossellini~isabellarossellini]]) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth ([[Performer~P94825~Dennis Hopper~dennishopper]]). The sociopathic Booth has kidnapped Dorothy's young son and is using the child as a bargaining chip to repeatedly beat, humiliate and rape Dorothy. Though he's drawn to the virginal, wholesome Sandy Williams ([[Performer~P18704~Laura Dern~lauradern]]), Jeff is also aroused by Dorothy and in trying to aid her, he discovers his dark side. As the film nears its conclusion, our hero learns that many more indivduals are tacitly involved with Frank, including a suave, lip-synching singer, Ben (Dean Stockwell), who is minding the kidnapped boy. Director Lynch explored many similar themes of the "disease" lying just under the surface of the small town, all-American façade in his later television series Twin Peaks (1990-91). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:December 14, 2001

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Montréal World Film Festival Dennis Hopper Best Supporting Actor 1985 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Dennis Hopper Best Supporting Actor 1985 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Dennis Hopper Best Supporting Actor 1985 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dennis Hopper Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Dennis Hopper Best Actor 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Isabella Rossellini Best Actress 1986 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Laura Dern Best Actress 1986 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association David Lynch Best Director 1985 Winner
National Society of Film Critics David Lynch Best Director 1985 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David Lynch Best Screenplay 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Lynch Best Director 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards David Lynch Best Director 1986 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards David Lynch Best Screenplay 1986 Nominee

Cast

Kyle MacLachlan
as Jeffrey Beaumont
Isabella Rossellini
as Dorothy Vallens
Dennis Hopper
as Frank Booth
Laura Dern
as Sandy Williams
Hope Lange
as Mrs. Williams
Dean Stockwell
as Ben
Brad Dourif
as Raymond
Jack Nance
as Paul
Frances Bay
as Aunt Barbara
George Dickerson
as Detective Williams
Jack Harvey
as Mr. Beaumont
Priscilla Pointer
as Mrs. Beaumont
Ken Stovitz
as Mike
Angelo Badalamenti
as Piano Player
Selden Smith
as Nurse Cindy
J. Michael Hunter
as Hunter
Philip Markert
as Dr. Gynde
Peter Carew
as Coroner
Moses Gibson
as Double Ed
Fred Pickler
as Yellow Man Detective T.R. Gordon
Dick Green
as Don Vallens
Leonard Watkins
as Double Ed
Kate Reid
as Party Girl
Michelle Sasser
as Party Girl

Crew

David Lynch
Director
David Lynch
Screenwriter
David Lynch
Songwriter
Victor Young
Songwriter
Edward Reyes
Composer (Music Score)
Edward Heyman
Songwriter
Angelo Badalamenti
Composer (Music Score)
Angelo Badalamenti
Musical Direction/Supervision
Angelo Badalamenti
Songwriter
Bill Doggett
Songwriter
Duwayne Dunham
Editor
Richard A. Roth
Executive Producer
Gloria Laughride
Costume Designer
Alan Splet
Sound/Sound Designer
Greg Hull
Special Effects
Richard Langdon
Stunts
Johanna Ray
Casting
Pat Golden
Casting
Jeff Goodwin
Makeup
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