Blue Velvet

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.

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Film Cast:

  • Jeffrey Beaumont: Kyle MacLachlan
  • Dorothy Vallens: Isabella Rossellini
  • Frank Booth: Dennis Hopper
  • Sandy Williams: Laura Dern
  • Mrs. Williams: Hope Lange
  • Ben: Dean Stockwell
  • Det. John Williams: George Dickerson
  • Mrs. Beaumont: Priscilla Pointer
  • Aunt Barbara: Frances Bay
  • Mike: Ken Stovitz
  • Raymond: Brad Dourif
  • Paul: Jack Nance
  • Hunter: J. Michael Hunter
  • Nurse Cindy: Selden Smith
  • Mr. Tom Beaumont: Jack Harvey
  • Piano Player: Angelo Badalamenti
  • Yellow Man: Fred Pickler
  • Dr. Gynde: Philip Markert
  • Double Ed: Leonard Watkins
  • Double Ed: Moses Gibson
  • Coroner: Peter Carew
  • Little Donny: Jon Jon Snipes
  • Master of Ceremonies: Jean-Pierre Viale
  • Desk Sergeant: Donald Moore
  • Party Girl: A. Michelle Depland
  • Party Girl: Michelle Sasser
  • Party Girl: Katie Reid
  • The Dog: Sparky

Film Crew:

  • Casting: Johanna Ray
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Mark Berger
  • Director of Photography: Frederick Elmes
  • Director: David Lynch
  • Music: Angelo Badalamenti
  • Production Design: Patricia Norris
  • Executive Producer: Dino De Laurentiis
  • Editor: Duwayne Dunham
  • Sound Editor: Pat Jackson
  • Sound Effects Editor: Richard Hymns
  • Casting: Pat Golden
  • Production Manager: Fred C. Caruso
  • Executive Producer: Richard A. Roth
  • Set Decoration: Edward ‘Tantar’ LeViseur
  • Casting: Pamela Guest
  • Costumer: Ronald Leamon
  • Sound Editor: Rob Fruchtman
  • Sound Designer: Alan Splet
  • Special Effects Makeup Artist: Dean Jones
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: David Parker
  • Makeup Supervisor: Jeff Goodwin
  • Second Assistant Director: Ian Woolf
  • Special Effects: Greg Hull
  • First Assistant Director: Ellen Rauch
  • Sound Mixer: Ann Kroeber
  • Production Supervisor: Gail Kearns

Movie Reviews:

  • John Chard: No. I told you. I don’t want to hurt you. I want to help you. I think I know some of what is happening to you.

    Blue Velvet is written and directed by David Lynch. It stars Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern, Hope Lange, George Dickerson and Dean Stockwell. Music is by Angelo Badalamenti and cinematography by Frederick Elmes.

    The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads Jeffrey Beaumont (MacLachlan) into a vortex of troubled mysteries involving a beautiful nightclub singer and a group of crimninals led by the psychopathic Frank Booth (Hopper).

    Such is the diversity of David Lynch, you will find many anouncing this to be his last accessible piece of genius, others that it was merely the start of his shift into mainstream majesty. Personally, I just find it a fine movie, easy to follow, even if it’s nightmarish at times and brilliantly off kilter at others.

    From the off we are in no doubt that Lynch is setting out to show what crawls beneath the happy facade of suburban small town Americana. We are pitched into a detective story with a difference, one that is fronted by the naivety of a young man aided from the sidelines by the young girl who is falling for him. Both of them stumble into a world of adult pschosexual murk, flanked by the outrageous malignant menace of Booth and his merry band of odd balls. One of the joys to be had here is observing the things and reactions that Booth’s group do in the background, splendidly weird. Superbly perfomed by the cast, most of them daring and real for their director, Blue Velvet did earn Lynch a Best Director Oscar nomination. Which considering it was 1986 and the controversial themes at work are troublingly biting, makes the nomination something of a surprise.

    Frederick Elmes also photographed the equally controversial “River’s Edge” this same year, and once again he considerably pumps Neo-Noir textures acrosss the pic. While Angelo Badalamenti’s musical compositions are lush and pin sharp for scene accompaniments. Main music tracks are Bobby Vinton’s title tune and Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams,” both certain to never let you forget this film whenever you hear them again. Lynch’s film is plot conventionality, yet disturbing in the blending of beauty and violence, both visually and orally – and of course there’s some sly humour to be found as well. To me it’s not the masterpiece some claim it as, for there’s more style than substance, more shock and awe as opposed to character depth, but it is a great, clever and unforgettable film. 8/10

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