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Blue Velvet
Short plot summary

Welcome to Lumberton, a nice'n'homely town... but wait... look underneath and they're all a bunch of sadomasochists who slap each other about behind the scenes... Welcome to David Lynchville...

Boy (Jeffrey Beaumont - Kyle MacLachlan) finds ear. Boy meets daughter (Sandy Williams - Laura Dern) of police officer investigating the ear. Boy breaks in to apartment of Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) claiming to be bug sprayer.

Sandy seems to be falling for our hero. But will he survive, with his willy intact, to the end credits...?

What our panel of critics thought

"David Lynch never misses any attempt to shock, although thankfully the whoopee cushion is missing."

"I couldn't watch parts of this movie, but to watch it on fast forward was also too terrifying for words."

"It's 'It's A Wonderful Life' but a million times darker."

Please tell me the ending

Jeffrey Beaumont hides in the closet while at Dorothy Vallens' apartment. Here he witnesses a violent sex session with her and Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).

He becomes obsessed with her and enters the underworld she inhabits to learn more. She is falling for him, but she is crayzee... During one 'meeting' Frank comes back and takes them on a journey into depravity...

Jeffrey gets a hard beating and goes back to tell the police officer of what he has found out... He goes back to the apartment to find that Frank has shot everyone artistically. Jeffrey shoots Booth from inside the closet.

It all ends in bright sunshine ever after

Other comments

This movie is extremely hard to watch in places, or is it supposed to be funny?

Not a pleasant movie, an uneasy one, but undoubtedly influential. Definitely not one for the whole family.

A truly adult, non-mainstream, movie. You won't forget it in a hurry.

Date of Review

May 14, 2003

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