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David Lynch's prequel to his cult television series "Twin Peaks" concerns the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), whose plastic-wrapped corpse, found floating in a river, was the... read more read more... fulcrum for the television series. During the day in the town of Twin Peaks, Laura is a top honors student at the local high school. By night, she is a sex-crazed cokehead, prostituting herself at a sleazy sex club to get money to feed her drug habit. Her race to oblivion is fueled by her father, Leland (Ray Wise), who, as his alter ego Bob (Frank Silva), has been sexually abusing Laura since she was a child. But Laura has an attack of conscience when she realizes that she is leading her best friend Donna (Moira Kelly) down the same rocky road. Leland, however, discovers Laura's nocturnal debauchery when, during a business trip out-of-town, his mistress for a sexual tryst sets him up with his own daughter. In a fit of jealous rage, Leland follows Laura as she travels to a sex party in an abandoned railroad car. Consumed by insatiable longing, Leland transforms himself into Bob, with tragic results for Laura and her friends. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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R, 2 hr. 15 min.

Directed by: David Lynch

Release Date: August 28, 1992

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DVD Release Date: February 26, 2002

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  • December 17, 2012
    A pretty high school girl who dabbles with drugs and prostitution is haunted by bizarre dreams and stalked by a mysterious figure known only as "Bob". David Lynch's prequel to his hugely influential TV series Twin Peaks bears all his usual hallmarks. It's the story of the unseen ... read morehorrors of middle America featuring unsettling and deliberately obtuse imagery which is scored brilliantly with inventive sound design and populated by offbeat characters. The opening in particular as the FBI investigate a similar case a year earlier is classic Lynch and to be honest I wish he'd stayed with them a bit longer. Chris Isaak, Kiefer Sutherland and Harry Dean Stanton all give very memorable performances and Sheryl Lee ably tackles a very complex character. The story set in Twin Peaks features the final days of Laura Palmer and for this reason Fire Walk With Me works neither as a stand alone nor as an introduction to the series; those who have not seen the show will find it incomprehensible while at the same time it gives away far too much of the story. Taken as a companion piece for fans it's a thought provoking and disturbing requiem to a heartfelt story with a very important message.
  • September 6, 2012
    This prequel to the events of the cult TV show explores the sordid story behind Laura Palmer's last days. There's a good core story here about the doomed homecoming queen, but it's obscured by too much Lynchian fanservice: multiple dream sequences trying too hard to outweird each... read more other, the shoehorning in of popular characters who have nothing to do with Laura's story, and too many digressions (an entire half hour prologue devoted to a previous victim!) meant to tie up loose ends from the cancelled TV series.
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    March 4, 2012
    It has some flaws but for those who are fans of the series, this is a must see. Actually looking back at it now, some of the most memorable scenes from all of Lynch's films are in this one, including a nice little part featuring David Bowie.
  • February 11, 2010
    Do you know who I am?

    I am the arm.
  • February 11, 2010
    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me can be both nightmarish and beautiful and both at the same time. Far from consistent or meaningful structure, but like most of David Lynch's films it relies on other methods than plot, storyline and performance to achieve its effect. This however,... read more makes no allowance for a viewer unfamiliar with the characters and the information needed. Such scenes as a bloodied Annie Blackburn, or references to the Bad Dale in the Black Lodge, will be meaningless or at least less effective to anyone unfamiliar with events of the TV series.

    The films of David Lynch are an acquired taste. Some people are entertained by some of the quirks and impressed by the creepiness, while still so irritated by the character hysteria and irrationality, and dense episodic events, that they fail to be won over. You'll really have to see this one and decide for yourself.
  • February 11, 2010
    "So Fucked Up" highlight: Bob
  • February 11, 2010
    cbs has made full episodes of the original tv series twin peaks available online!!
  • February 11, 2010
    For fans of the television show (quite obviously). If you haven't seen the show, then you'll be completely lost. Ties up some loose ends from the prematurely-cancelled show, but fans were clamoring for just a bit more. Look for the perplexing cameo by David Bowie.
  • February 11, 2010
    I've seen Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me dozens of times and feel like a total jagweed for not reviewing it sooner. Fire Walk With Me is a great, great movie filled with absolutely beautiful imagery and chock full of David Lynch's trademarked random lunacy. The problem is that Fir... read moree Walk With Me is by no means a standalone movie. You'd probably be lost regardless but if you haven't seen at least half of the Twin Peaks series you're pretty much out of luck. This movie's got a great cast even though most of the characters from the show are barely in this movie if they're even in it at all. Rumor has it that Lynch's original cut was 3 1/2 hours and was going to wrap up the whole show--too bad we couldn't take it...
  • February 11, 2010
    This film actually got me into Twin Peaks, simply because I wanted to find out what it meant. I was a fairly staunch David Lynch fan, though, which should explain why it hooked me. Even though it has its flaws and redundancies, I'd rate this as one of Lynch's best movies, on a pa... read morer with Blue Velvet, Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive and The Straight Story (that set of five movies should testify to his oft-overlooked versatility).

    Either way. The strength of Twin Peaks lay in its defamiliarisation of Twin Peaks the town, the strength of the movie (from that baffling, caustic opening half-hour on) is about defamiliarising Twin Peaks the show. Of course, this could explain why it was a bomb at the box office. Nevertheless, there's a whole new sense of tragedy to the series after watching this. We know already that Laura Palmer is not the perky, confident, lovable girl the inhabitants of Twin Peaks tell us she is in the pilot episode of the TV show. That makes it even more wrenching to watch. Are they lying, or just in denial?

    For understanding the difference between films and TV so adeptly, this is probably the best TV-film transfer in the history of those two mediums. Many great set-pieces, including one in a traffic jam that, like all Lynch's best moments, makes you feel terrifically uncomfortable without allowing you to understand why.

    Yet underneath all the strangeness, overdone dream sequences and inexplicable David Bowie cameos, this is about Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), a genuine tragic heroine. Incest victim, cocaine addict and prostitute, the film never glamourises or eroticises her torment, keeping the uneasy edge while Lynch observes with purest sympathy. And there's nothing weird about sympathy, is there?

Critic Reviews

Calum Marsh
December 13, 2013
Calum Marsh, Village Voice

In its own singular, deeply strange way, Fire Walk With Me is David Lynch's masterpiece. Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
May 3, 2013
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

There have always been two sides to Lynch: the inscrutable, demonic prankster and the rhapsodic dreamer. In Fire Walk With Me, he's at least trying to recover his poetic sincerity. If only his dreams ... Full Review

Michael Wilmington
May 3, 2013
Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times

At its best, it's a dream within a dream, a nightmare in endlessly reflecting pop mirrors, a screen full of TV-movie sex and horror kitsch blowing up right in our faces. Full Review

Steven Rea
May 3, 2013
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

In Twin Peaks the movie, all the twists get straightened out. The thrill is gone. Full Review

Jay Boyar
May 3, 2013
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

For those who are willing to go the distance with Lynch, the return trip to Twin Peaks is well worth the trouble. Full Review

Dave Kehr
May 3, 2013
Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune

For a film with a pre-established conclusion, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me seems depressingly interminable. Full Review

Variety Staff
May 14, 2008
Variety Staff, Variety

Suspense is clearly lacking in this story with a preordained outcome. Another significant drawback is that long before the climax Laura has become a tiresome teen. Full Review

Jonathan Rosenbaum
February 9, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

It has its moments, but not many, and generally speaking it runs neck and neck with Dune as the least successful and interesting Lynch feature. Full Review

Geoff Andrew
May 4, 2006
Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Self-parody would seem too generous an assessment of Lynch's aims and achievement. Full Review

Vincent Canby
May 20, 2003
Vincent Canby, New York Times

The film appears to be an undifferentiated mess of story lines and hallucinations. There's no reason to care which is which. Even Mr. Lynch's eccentric touches become boring. The jokes are stillborn. Full Review

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