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854 Ratings

Something Wild

Directed by Jonathan Demme
United States, 1986
Comedy, Crime, Romance


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

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Something Wild Directed by Jonathan Demme

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1987 | 3 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1986 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actor

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1987 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actor

Each location provides more subcultures for the insatiable eye of director Jonathan Demme to explore, whether it’s the tiny liquor store manager with a giant pipe or a duo of style conscious old thrift store biddies, Demme imbues every scene with indelible personalities, making the film a kind of American oddball panorama in which two star-crossed lovers keep criss-crossing through.
September 05, 2017
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A fun, funky, fast-paced road-movie romance… Though it has no pretensions to being High Art and is designed exclusively to entertain, it was, inexplicably, a flop, so modern audiences get the thrill of reclamation. And also, if it’s not the absolute best Demme film, it might very well be the Demme-ist — which is a valuable note because his style can be a tricky one to pin down, as one of its hallmarks is its relative transparency.
April 27, 2017
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…With that kind of dysfunctional amore in mind (isn’t it always at least a bit dysfunctional?), Jonathan Demme’s moody, transgressive, genre-bending, weirdly romantic (and unromantic) Something Wild isn’t such a strange hybrid. For a love story, it mirrors what often happens when people do fall for another – it’s destabilizing and terrifying.
April 15, 2017
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