Lost Highway (1997) Poster



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According to director David Lynch, the first scene in the film is based upon an incident which occurred in his own life. He says that early one morning, his intercom buzzed, and when he answered it a voice he didn't recognize said, "Dick Laurant is dead." However, by the time he got to the front of the house to look out the window, there was no-one outside.
After Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert gave the film a negative review on their show, David Lynch issued a new poster calling the thumbs-down verdict "two more reasons to see Lost Highway." Asked for his opinion, Siskel said, "I found it petty."
David Lynch said he has only recently (2002) realized what subconsciously inspired the film: the O.J. Simpson trial. He said that the trial was a major influence on his mind during the stage of writing this script, which deals with a man who killed his wife. Curiously enough, Lynch cast Robert Blake to play the Mystery Man, who is a major character in the film - years later, Blake would be put on trial for killing his own wife.
The house that Fred Madison lives in, along with most of the furniture in it, belongs to, and was designed by David Lynch.
According to the script for this film, the scene with Mr. Eddy and the tailgater takes place on Mulholland Drive. David Lynch would go on to direct a film of the same name (Mulholland Dr. (2001)), which also has a motor accident take place in the same spot.
Robert Loggia was the first (and only) choice to play the character of Mr. Eddy because of his former desire to play Frank Booth in Blue Velvet (1986). In 1985, Loggia showed up for an audition on the set of Blue Velvet, unaware that Dennis Hopper had already been cast, and proceeded to wait for three hours, growing increasingly agitated. Upon seeing Lynch and learning of Hopper's casting, Loggia proceeded to give an extremely profane and angry rant to Lynch for making him wait only to remind him that the role had already been cast, which remained in Lynch's head for years as what would eventually become Mr. Eddy's road rage scene. Nearly 10 years later, Loggia received a phone call from Lynch requesting his performance for this movie. Loggia was more then happy to accept.
This was Richard Pryor's final film before his death on December 10, 2005 at the age of 65.
Fred's detestation of camcorders (and the motive behind) is really David Lynch's own.
This was Jack Nance's final acting role before his death on December 30, 1996 at the age of 53. The film was released one month later.
Robert Loggia kept forgetting his choreographed moves in his big fight scene with Bill Pullman with the result that Pullman kept repeatedly - and accidentally - hitting him.
Fred's phone number ends in the digits 666. This is revealed when he dials it at the prompting of The Mystery Man.
Bill Pullman is really playing the saxophone during the scene in which Fred is performing in the night club. He did not know how to play before signing on for the part and learned only to play that particular solo.
Robert Blake told director David Lynch he was not going to give him a hard time about the script because Blake did not understand it. Blake also said he felt his character was the Devil.
The back of the region 4 DVD has a "Welcome to the universe of David Lynch" sign. It states: - 1. Don't look for it, there is no exit... - 2. Forget it, there is no way out... - 3. Forget it, it's a deadlock...
Some scenes that were filmed but edited from the final version:
  • more conversation between Fred/Renee and the police officers
  • a scene where an M.E. brings two girls to the autopsy of Renee's corpse, and chats with them about the murder - more prison scenes
  • a scene in which Pete stands in front of his parents, but they are unable to see him
  • a scene in which Pete cannot be seen by Sheila, his girlfriend.
The film didn't see an official DVD release in the US until 2008.
David Lynch wrote the script with Barry Gifford, who wrote the book Wild at Heart (1990). Lynch said that he got the name for this project from a page in Gifford's book. He said that on that page he saw the words "Lost" and "Highway" and the words clicked with him.
The song that plays as Fred/Pete makes love to Renee/Alice is "Song to the Siren" by This Mortal Coil. David Lynch originally wanted to use this song in his 1986 film Blue Velvet, for the scene where Jeffrey and Sandy dance at the party, but at the time he couldn't get the rights to the song. However Lynch found the song so haunting that he would later think of it again for Lost Highway.
The interior shots of the so-called Lost Highway Hotel were filmed at the Amargosa Hotel in Death Valley, which is said to be haunted.
In an interview with star Robert Loggia he said in his opinion the film very aptly titled, referring to the bizarre nature of Lost Highway's story.
Entertainment Weekly ranked this as the 23rd scariest movie of all time.
As of August 2013, this is Robert Blake's last film appearance.
The David Lynch documentary Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (1997) follows Lynch through the process of creating Lost Highway.
In 2003 Austrian composers Olga Neuwirth and Elfriede Jelinek turned the film into an opera, basing it off of David Lynch and Barry Gifford's screenplay. Reportedly the first act of the opera is spoken word, where as the second act is sung.
In the scene where Mystery Man (Robert Blake) confronts Fred Madison (Bill Pullman) at the party, hands him his cell phone and instructs him to call his own home, there is a close up of Madison punching in the number with his right hand. In the area between his index finger and thumb, there is a tattoo of a fermata, an element of musical notation indicating that a note should be sustained for longer than its note value would indicate. This is consistent with the scene of his character continuing to play his solo at the Luna Lounge, even after the rest of the band has stopped playing.
The three paintings visible above Fred and Renee's sofa are by Lynch's ex-wife. The text of the one wherein the woman reads a note from her child is reproduced in a David Foster Wallace essay regarding Lost Highway's production: "Dear Mom I keep having my fish dream. They bite my face! Tell dad I dont take naps. The fishes are skinny an mad I miss you. His wife makes me eat trouts and anchovys The fishes make nosis they blow bubbels. How are you [unreadable] you fine? don't forget to lock the doors the fishes [unreadable] me they hate me. Love form DANA"
The film's Latin American Spanish title is Por el lado oscuro del camino, which translates to "The Dark Side of the Road."
There are some interesting cars and license plates in the film. The maroon Ford driven by the detectives trailing Peter has a California plate that reads "CKU 2005" and the Tailgater's Thunderbird is "CKV 2005," two custom plates in alphabetical sequence. Other plates that follow an atypical numbering system are: Peter's black Ford "WKB 3103" ' the first detectives' tan Oldsmobile "ULU 0142"; Mr. Eddy's Mercedes Benz "FBA 6100"; and Andy's red Mustang "AYS 5200" None of these is a standard issue California plate.
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The chromed gun that Mr. Eddy/Dick Laurent uses, is a IMI Desert Eagle pistol .357 Magnum.
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Marilyn Manson: famous shock-rocker appears near the end of the film in a pornographic movie, rolling on the floor.
Jeordie White: known as Twiggy Ramirez, bass player for industrial rock group Marilyn Manson appears in the pornographic movie with Manson at the end of the film.

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David Lynch: [actress playing a dual role] Patricia Arquette.
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David Lynch: [highway at night] Used numerous times in many scenes, usually signifying some kind of transition of the plot, and also used as a background for both main titles and end credits.
David Lynch: [Clueless detectives]
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