I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction of director Jonathan Demme’s 1986 quirky romantic comedy Something Wild. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 9, 1991 (read here). Lots of positive things can be said about Something Wild as Cox so eloquently implies. For starters, the chemistry between it’s lead actors Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griffith is simply delightful and along the ride, we get a breakthrough supporting performance from future Goodfella Ray Liotta as a violent tempered ex-convict. Though it may seem uneven on the surface, at the center, the buildup to the film’s shocking climax, actually comes off as 100 percent believable in it’s unpredictability. For an unrelated example, based on real life as a whole, an individual’s day can start happy and remain that way before ending (unexpectedly) in tragedy. Last, but not least, viewers are treated to an eclectic soundtrack that ranges from rock (Fine Young Cannibals), new wave (Oingo Boingo) and reggae (Jimmy Cliff) among others. If you readers are interested in reading a list of my favorite Jonathan Demme films, read here.
Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Something Wild
Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer
8 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Something Wild (1986)”
I have such fond memories of that film. I must get around to watching it again one day.
Best wishes, Pete.
You’ve whetted my appetite to watch Something Wild again. How does a double feature with Into the Night sound to you?
Haven’t seen this one, John. I’ll have to change that. The cast and soundtrack alone make it worth watching.
It still is a great film 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
Sounds wonderful to me Paul 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
I think you will love it Pam 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂