Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

David Lynch (1986)

115min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is the most complete of David Lynch's films, made before his disturbing black vision of small-town American life veered into self-parody. The dark tone is set from the opening sequence, which starts with white picket fences and cheery firemen but ends with a man suffering a stroke in his garden while insect life seethes beneath the lawn. Kyle MacLachlan (who made his acting debut for Lynch in Dune in 1984) plays the young innocent who gets sucked into the bizarre sadomasochistic relationship between nightclub singer Isabella Rossellini and monstrous local crime boss Dennis Hopper. The latter resurrected his career with a crazed portrait of evil - legend has it that Hopper said "I've got to play Frank. Because I am Frank". Once experienced here, listening to Roy Orbison's In Dreams will never be the same again.

Summary

A college student discovers a severed ear in a field, and is drawn into the dangerous underworld of his apparently peaceful home town. As events unfold, his curiosity leads him to the sinister relationship between a violent sociopath and a beautiful singer, whose vulnerability and sexuality bewitch him. David Lynch's thriller, starring Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini and Dean Stockwell.

Cast & Crew

Jeffrey Beaumont Kyle MacLachlan
Dorothy Vallens Isabella Rossellini
Frank Booth Dennis Hopper
Sandy Williams Laura Dern
Mrs Williams Hope Lange
Ben Dean Stockwell
Detective Williams George Dickerson
Mrs Beaumont Priscilla Pointer
Aunt Barbara Frances Bay
Mr Beaumont Jack Harvey
Mike Ken Stovitz
Raymond Brad Dourif
Paul Jack Nance
Hunter J Michael Hunter
Don Vallens Dick Green
Yellow Man Fred Pickler
Dr Gynde Philip Markert
Nurse Cindy Selden Smith
Coroner Peter Carew
Director David Lynch
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: May be edited for language, violence, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Dec 2001
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