Conceptually and stylistically compelling under Jonathan Demme's sometimes striking direction, this offbeat thriller is about an unlikely couple on the run.

Conceptually and stylistically compelling under Jonathan Demme’s sometimes striking direction, this offbeat thriller is about an unlikely couple on the run.

First-time screenwriter E. Max Frye’s story sees superyuppie Jeff Daniels being picked up by hot number Melanie Griffith at a luncheonette, driven out to New Jersey and, before he knows what’s happening, being handcuffed to a bed and ravished by this crazy lady.

Everything changes at her highschool reunion, however, as Griffith’s ex-con husband makes an unexpected appearance and proceeds to change the couple’s joyride into a nightmare. From this point on, Demme and Frye adroitly tighten the screws as the focus shifts from Griffith to the showdown between the two utterly different men vying for her attentions.

Daniels does a good job in transforming himself from straitlaced good boy to loosened up, wised-up man. Griffith is provocative enough, but falls a little short in putting across all the aspects of this complicated woman.

Something Wild

Production

Religioso Primitiva. Director Jonathan Demme; Producer Jonathan Demme, Kenneth Utt; Screenplay E. Max Frye; Camera Tak Fujimoto; Editor Craig McKay; Music John Cale, Laurie Anderson; Art Director Norma Moriceau

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 113 MIN.

With

Jeff Daniels Melanie Griffith Ray Liotta Margaret Colin Tracey Walter Dana Preu
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