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Wilder Napalm (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy | 20 August 1993 (USA)
Two brothers with the secret power of starting fires with their minds, reunite after years apart, only to find conflict with their differing lifestyles.

Director:

Glenn Gordon Caron

Writer:

Vince Gilligan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debra Winger ... Vida Foudroyant
Dennis Quaid ... Wallace Foudroyant / Biff the Clown
Arliss Howard ... Wilder Foudroyant
M. Emmet Walsh ... Fire Chief
Jim Varney ... Rex
Mimi Lieber ... Snake Lady
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Deputy Sheriff Spivey
Justin LaBlanc Justin LaBlanc ... Young Wilder
Lance Lee Baxley Lance Lee Baxley ... Young Wallace
Peter Willie Peter Willie ... Horace Braintree
Daniel Hagen ... Harrison
Eric Whitmore Eric Whitmore ... Maurice
Robert Peters ... Deputy Sheriff Day
Buck Nolan Buck Nolan ... Tall Man
Rae L. Lawrence Rae L. Lawrence ... Bingo Lady
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Storyline

Wilder and Wallace are brothers and pyrokinetics. Ever since childhood they've been able to start fires with their minds but following a tragedy in which they accidentally killed a man, the brothers have grown up very differently. Wilder has become a regular 9-5 workaday joe but Wallace performs his feats with a traveling circus. When the circus comes to Wilder's home town Wallace starts coming on strong to Wilder's wife, Vida who, ironically, is a slight pyromaniac. Written by Stefan Halldorsson <ms@vortex.is>

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Never start a romance you can't put out.

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahava Boeret See more »

Filming Locations:

Ivuedim, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$84,859
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Arliss Howard and Debra Winger are real-life husband and wife. See more »

Quotes

Wallace: I do love Beethoven.
Vida Foudroyant: Mozart.
Wallace: I love Beethoven.
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Connections

References Viva Las Vegas (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Mozart: String Quartet No. 3
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (uncredited)
Performed by The Sonare Quartet
Courtesy of Claves Schallplatten, Thun, Switzerland
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Great portrayal of film music
9 March 2005 | by dcstatehoodnowSee all my reviews

The people who are bad-mouthing this film are those who don't understand film to begin with. These are the people who love movie blockbusters and adverse to any movie that doesn't star Leonardo DiCaprio. Wilder Napalm is a neat little film that may seem quirky and maybe even stupid at first, but what it lacks in plot, it more than makes up for in substance.

One thing in particular about the movie that impressed me was it's use of music, which plays a large part. Those students of film music will notice how important music is in the movie, both in Vida and Wilder's life, and in the background. Wilder's theme, Vida's theme, and Wallace's theme are all heard in the opening sequence, and it is funny how some of the lyrics play out. For instance, in the scene where the men are singing "Duke of Earl", Vida is with Wilder when the men sing something like "She is my girl", and then she goes over to Wallace to give him something when the men sing the lyric "She will be my girl" cleverly showing the tension between the two brothers There are all sorts of little intricacies like this inside the movie, and while it may look like a flop on the outside, the real student of film will notice how good this movie really is.


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