It's a strange world.

Jeffrey Beaumont is a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff's curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that's being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens and the ether-addicted Frank Booth. The sociopathic Booth has kidnapped Dorothy's young son and is using the child as a bargaining chip to repeatedly beat, humiliate and rape Dorothy. Though he's drawn to the virginal, wholesome Sandy Williams, Jeff is also aroused by Dorothy and in trying to aid her, he discovers his dark side.

  • 2HR | R
  • Mystery

Cast & Crew

  • Kyle MacLachlanJeffrey Beaumont

  • Isabella RosselliniDorothy Vallens

  • Dennis HopperFrank Booth

  • Laura DernSandy Williams

  • Hope LangeMrs. Williams

  • David LynchDirector & Screenplay

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