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Release Date:
23 October 1986 (Italy) See more »
It's a strange world.
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 psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 23 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Directed by
David Lynch 
Writing credits
David Lynch (screenplay)

Produced by
Fred C. Caruso .... producer (as Fred Caruso)
Richard Roth .... executive producer (as Richard A. Roth)
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
Frederick Elmes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Duwayne Dunham 
Casting by
Pat Golden 
Johanna Ray 
Production Design by
Patricia Norris 
Set Decoration by
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur 
Makeup Department
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup supervisor
Dean Jones .... special effects makeup
Barbara Page .... assistant makeup artist
Barbara Page .... hair stylist
Dean Gates .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... production manager (as Fred Caruso)
Gail Kearns .... production supervisor (as Gail M. Kearns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ellen Rauch .... first assistant director
Ian Woolf .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michel Anderson .... props-set dresser
Shaw Burney .... set prop man
Catherine Davis .... art department assistant
Vernon Harrell .... props-set dresser
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur .... property master (as Tantar Leviseur)
Tanya Lowe .... scenic artist
Loren McNamara .... props-set dresser (as Loren Mcnamara)
Les Pendleton .... construction coordinator (as Les Pendelton)
Paul Sebastian .... props-set dresser
Dawn Serody .... draftsperson
Robert Testerman .... chief scenic artist
Tim Viereck .... lead carpenter
Arron Waitz .... props set dresser
Doug White .... props-set dresser
Keith Darwin .... scenic (uncredited)
Frank Silva .... set dresser (uncredited)
Mark S. Turner .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Harley Whitehurst .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alan Abrams .... assistant sound editor
Mark Berger .... re-recording mixer
Jim Bridges .... sound
Karen Brocco .... assistant sound editor
Rob Fruchtman .... sound editor
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam .... dialogue editor (as Vivien Gilliam)
Sarah Goldsmith .... assistant sound editor (as Sarah Rothenberg)
Richard Hymns .... sound effects editor
Pat Jackson .... sound editor
Ann Kroeber .... sound mixer
Patrick Moriarty .... boom operator
John Morris .... assistant sound editor
John Nutt .... dialogue editor
David Parker .... re-recording mixer
Paige Sartorius .... assistant sound editor (as Page Sartorius)
Michael Silvers .... dialogue editor
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
John Verbeck .... assistant sound editor
Frank E. Eulner .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Frank E. Eulner .... assistant sound supervisor (uncredited)
Frank E. Eulner .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Alan Splet .... sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
George R. Hill .... special effects (as George Hill)
Greg Hull .... special effects
Reginald Barnes Jr. .... stunt performer
David Boushey .... stunt performer
Robert Burton .... stunt performer
Mark Fincannon .... stunt performer (as W. Mark Fincannon)
Richard Langdon .... stunt coordinator
Sherrie Ann Langdon .... stunt performer
John W. McEuen .... stunt performer (as John W. Mceuen)
Dean Mumford .... stunt performer
Debra Shuckman .... stunt performer (as Debra Schuckman)
Ken Sprunt Jr. .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jock Brandis .... rigging
Donne Daniels .... key grip
Mark Shane Davis .... dolly grip (as Mark Davis)
Monte Dhooge .... electrical department
Lex duPont .... first assistant camera (as Lex Dupont)
Tim Farrow .... electrical department
Austin Goss .... rigging
Mike Hall .... rigger
Douglas Evan Hersh .... rigging (as Doug Hersh)
Robert Hoelen .... rigging
Neil Holcomb .... electrical department
Michael Katz .... gaffer
Ross Kolman .... rigging
Joe C. Maxwell .... best boy (as Joe Maxwell)
Umberto Montiroli .... still photographer
David Rudd .... camera assistant
Roger Russ .... electrical department
David Salamone .... electrical department (as Dave Salamone)
Dennis E. Shelton .... electrical department (as Dennis Shelton)
Anthony Stephens .... grip department (as Tony Stephens)
David W. Strong .... rigging (as David Strong)
James Tomaro .... rigging
Steve Venetis .... rigging chief
Franklin Williams Jr. .... generator operator (as Frank Williams)
Jeff Williams .... grip department
Jay W. Yowler .... rigging (as Jay Yawler)
Joe D'Alessandro .... grip (uncredited)
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Katherine Ray .... intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sharon Bialy .... casting assistant
Pamela Guest .... casting associate (as Pam Rack)
Nina Axelrod .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gloria Glynn .... costume shop supervisor (as Gloria Laughridge)
Ronald Leamon .... costumer
Henry Earl Lewis .... set wardrobe
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter (as Donnah Bassett)
Brian Berdan .... apprentice editor
Tim Craig .... apprentice editor
Jonathan P. Shaw .... assistant editor (as Jonathan Shaw)
Mary Sweeney .... assistant editor
Daniel Frisch .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
Morris Atkins .... location coordinator
Edward Bowen .... location assistant (as Edward Bown)
Music Department
Mark Adler .... music editor
Angelo Badalamenti .... conductor
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... assistant music editor
Todd Boekelheide .... music re-recording mixer
David Lynch .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
John Bankson .... driver
Doug DuRose .... driver (as Doug Du Rose)
Pat Hill .... transportation coordinator (as Patricia Hill)
Cynthia Jarose .... driver
A. Welch Lambeth .... driver (as Welch Lambeth)
Other crew
Celia Claire Barnes .... production assistant
Frank Behnke .... intern associate
Peter Braatz .... intern associate
Mary Bridges .... craft service
Patty Clark .... production assistant
Kathryn Colbert .... production office coordinator
Chrissie Davis .... production secretary (as Sarah Christine Davis)
Steve Day .... production assistant
Roe Fonvielle .... production assistant
Cindy J. Gray .... assistant accountant (as Cindy Jo Gray)
Bobby Kearns .... production assistant (as Robert Kearns)
Kathi Levine .... assistant accountant
Lyn Lucibello .... auditor (as Rita M. Lucibello)
Jennifer Lynch .... production assistant
Rena Sternfeld-Allon .... script supervisor (as Rina Sternfeld)
John Wentworth .... assistant: David Lynch
John Wildermuth .... key production assistant
Greg Ferris .... marketing canada (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Terciopelo azul" - Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Spain (imdb display title)
"Veludo Azul" - Brazil, Portugal
"Μπλε βελούδο" - Greece
"Синий бархат" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Синьо кадифе" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Ble veloudo" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Blue Velvet" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Blue Velvet" - Norway (imdb display title)
"Blue Velvet" - France
"Blue Velvet" - Poland
"Blue Velvet - Verbotene Blicke" - West Germany (TV title)
"Blue Velvet - ja sinisempi oli yö" - Finland
"Blue Velvet - och blåare var natten" - Finland (Swedish title)
"Blue Velvet: Verbotene Blicke" - Germany (imdb display title)
"Kék bársony" - Hungary
"Mavi kadife" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Melynas aksomas" - Lithuania (imdb display title)
"Modry samet" - Czechoslovakia
"Plavi barsun" - Croatia
"Plavi somot" - Serbia
"Velluto blu" - Italy
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120 min | 172 min (with bonus footage)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Canada:R (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2007) | Czech Republic:15 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 (1999) | Finland:K-18 (1987) | France:12 | Greece:K-17 (tv rating) | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Israel:18 | Italy:T | Italy:VM18 (VHS rating) (self applied) | Japan:R-15 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (re-rating) (2007) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:18 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #28301) | West Germany:16 | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

Steven Berkoff was David Lynch's first choice for Frank Booth. When he rejected it the role went to Dennis Hopper. Berkoff said that "there was nothing in that part except destruction".See more »
Continuity: Jeffrey's earring seems to disappear and reappear.See more »
[first lines]
Radio announcer:It's a sunny, woodsy day in Lumberton, so get those chainsaws out. This is the mighty W.O.O.D., the musical voice of Lumberton. At the sound of the falling tree, it's 9:30. There's a whole lotta wood waitin' out there, so let's get goin'.
Nurse Cindy:Mr. Beaumont? Your son Jeffrey's here to see you.
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76 out of 118 people found the following review useful.
Only in dreams…, 21 April 2002
Author: AdFin from UK

With Blue Velvet, David Lynch made a film that was so pure to his original vision that it would become the archetype of his work for the next fifteen years. Here, Lynch cast his ever probing, surrealist gaze upon small town middle America, and for the first time in a US film, showed the audience the darker side to what was often depicted as nothing more than the birth place of apple pie. We are drawn into the story almost immediately, with what would seem like a simple depiction of small town life, but the use of slow-motion hints that there is something not quite right with what we are looking at. So by the time Lynch has pushed his camera through the soft green grass of a regular front lawn, only to show us the slithering insects that hide in the darkness, we know that we are about to enter a very dark world.

Blue Velvet is a world filled with not only darkness, but also ambiguity. The characters of this world are constantly hiding behind some kind of façade, be it the wardrobe doors that practicing teenage voyeur Jeffrey peers from behind as he watches Dorothy and Frank interact, or something as simple as the make-up worn by Ben. Everything suggests to us that these characters inhabit a world at night, a world away from the life they live in the day. As the film moves closer and closer to the climax Jeffrey begins to feel more of a connection with Frank, having to go to some very dark places within his psyche. However Lynch's message, that underneath the normal persona of a regular human being is a repressed pervert laying in wait, or whatever point he is making doesn't really translate well. Not least to today's audience.

Blue Velvet is very much a film of its time, that time being the mid-eighties, with aids paranoia everywhere, it's easy to see this metaphor for the dangers of sex and love within the films turgid dreamscapes. But beneath this message hides a strong detective story, a modern day neo-noir that delivers interesting twists and a controversial pay-off with it's almost fairytale climax. This is the film David Lynch got right, proceeding to make great films that where all personal, but completely different in terms of style and substance from one another. Blue Velvet is a great film, with some fine (albeit bizarre) performances, still challenging to this day, If only Lynch hadn't gone on to spend the rest of his career re-making it.

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