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Blue Velvet

  • Film
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

David Lynch's suburban nightmare is often named the best American film of the 1980s

Jeffrey (MacLachlan) is the contemporary knight in slightly tarnished armour, a shy adolescent inhabitant of Lumberton, USA. After discovering a severed ear in an overgrown backlot, he embarks upon an investigation that leads him into a hellish netherworld, where he observes - and comes to participate in - a terrifying sado-masochistic relationship between damsel-in-distress Dorothy (Rossellini) and mad mobster Frank Booth (Hopper).

Grafting on to this story his own idiosyncratic preoccupations, Lynch creates a visually stunning, convincingly coherent portrait of a nightmarish substratum to conventional, respectable society. The seamless blending of beauty and horror is remarkable - although many will be profoundly disturbed by Lynch's vision of male-female relationships, centred as it is on Dorothy's psychopathic hunger for violence - the terror very real, and the sheer wealth of imagination virtually unequalled in recent cinema.

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Release Details

  • Rated:18
  • Duration:120 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:David Lynch
  • Screenwriter:David Lynch
  • Cast:
    • Laura Dern
    • Dean Stockwell
    • Dennis Hopper
    • Hope Lange
    • Kyle MacLachlan
    • George Dickerson
    • Isabella Rossellini
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