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. –The Criterion Collection
Robert Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944) is an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter.
Demme was born in Baldwin, New York, the son of Dorothy Demme and a public relations executive father. Demme has three children: Ramona, Brooklyn, Josephine. He is a graduate of the University of Florida. He also was the uncle of director Ted Demme, who died in 2002.
Demme broke into feature film working for exploitation film producer Roger Corman from 1971 to 1976, co-writing and producing Angels Hard as They Come and The Hot Box, then directing three films (Caged Heat, Crazy Mama, Fighting Mad) for Corman’s studio New World Pictures. After Fighting Mad, Demme moved on to direct the comedy film Handle with Care for Paramount Pictures in 1977. The film was well-received by critics, but received little promotion, and performed poorly at the box office.
Demme’s 1980 film Melvin and Howard did not have a wide release, but received widespread critical acclaim, and led… read more
Just watched this again, everything i loved and mentioned from my first review only increased with quality. I loved it so much this time round, it's such a water tight weird little film with countless touching and riveting details in performances and story. Wouldn't take or add a thing from it. 5/5
This film starts as a lovely romantic comedy/ road movie and ends as a bolt thrilling lightening with Liotta's scary and hilarious performance. Each scene is delicatley written as a natrual progression and further exploration into the charecters minds. A quietley excellent film. 4/5
Ray Liotta enters the celluloid like a bat out of hell. Melaine Griffith has never been better. And what could be equal parts goofy and fun as Jeff Daniels dancing to The Feelies? Demme's movie jumps from different settings, tones, and genres without ever feeling like it is in an identity crisis. Very underrated.