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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway, Lili Taylor, Vincent Gallo
  • Directors: Emir Kusturica
  • Writers: Emir Kusturica, David Atkins
  • Producers: Claudie Ossard, Paul R. Gurian, Richard Brick, Yves Marmion
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Aug. 2004
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000296GVG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,013 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After his parents' death, fish counter Axel Backmar (Johnny Depp) travels to Arizona for the wedding of his car dealer uncle, Leo Sweetie (Jerry Lewis). Feeling responsible for Axel, Leo offers to take him into the family business. While working at the car showroom, Axel meets older woman Elaine (Faye Dunaway) and her stepdaughter, Grace (Lili Taylor). Axel alienates his uncle by beginning an affair with Elaine, who is obsessed with building a functioning aircraft, and he also becomes caught up in the deteriorating relationship between her and Grace.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Warren on 29 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
Despite what others have said about this film, it does have meaning... lots of it! This film reflects the feelings and ideas of the American Dream and the dreams of the imagination.
The film begins with a quirky, surreal-feel that continues through the first half. But matures into a gritty-realism in the 2nd.
Johnny's character struggles to decide between the destiny provided for him in his hometown or the destiny he dreams of. He's happy working with fish in the big city. But there's also the pressure of assuming his role as a car salesman. Enter: a widow and her daughter. One wants to die and come back as a turtle. The other wants to fly... desperately. Will they achieve this with Johnny's help? This starts the process of helping and hindering dreams. Watch them rise and fall, stop and start from here on.

This is a really interesting piece of film-making... don't miss it!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Boo-Radley on 29 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
I love this film. This is the first film that I've seen by director Emir Kusturica, and I found it visually astounding, it was like watching a moving surrealist painting. The entire cast was excellent. This is Johnny Depp's third film, following Edward Scissorhands, and you get an initial peek at the range of his acting ability, he's superb in this. The film has a very European feel to it, that's just lovely. If you like to push the envelope, don't miss this film.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr Genius Eyes on 6 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD
This is a particular favourite of mine, with a hypnotic, dreamlike quality pervading the twisted humour in an utterly unique film. Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway and Lili Taylor are fantastic, but the film is almost stolen by the excellent Vincent Gallo. I have been recommending this film to almost anyone who'd listen for years but reluctant to lend them my old VHS copy so now it's out on DVD get it, you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jeannie mac on 16 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A wonderfully comic and emotionally real film, with superb performances by Faye Dunaway, Johnny Depp and Vince Gallo and Jerry Lewis. Kustirica's invention and magic realism make this film a visual and imaginative pleasure.
The film opens with a dream about an Alaskan Inuit lost in a snowstorm and closes with Depp and Lewis, dressed in furs, in Alaska, speaking to each other in Inuit - in between, the film takes place in New York and Arizona with symbolic linking of the real and dream places via a flying halibut, the moon and an Alaskan husky dog.
The story itself, of a young man (Depp) who is dragged back to his hometown for his uncle's wedding (Lewis)to a woman half his age, is unexpectedly tender. His uncle is disappointed that he will not buy into his American Dream by refusing to follow his footsteps as a Cadillac salesman and even more disappointed when Depp falls in love with an older woman(Dunaway) to the jealous annoyance of her step-daughter (Lilli Taylor). It is a film about a young man finding out who he is and how to become that person: a film about growing older and about death.
Don't be put off by some of the reviews - it is not a Hollywood film, but for anyone who admires Kustarica's films or intelligent, imaginative films in general, it is a real treat. Bonus material includes an extended interview with the producer and Johnny Depp made 10 years after the film was released in 1993 and a 12 minute deleted scene.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is not a film for the blockbuster viewer. No, it is not because it is 'arty' and meaningful, but it is cooky. Which is great! The music is FANTASTIC and the unusual love story refreshing. Watch out for the attempted suicide sceene go wrong. Hilarious at times, it strikes a cord, if you can suspend questions such as 'why is there a fish flying over the dessert?'
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This film manages to detach you from hard solid life in a way previously only possible if you sleep, or inhale deeply. Over two hours of visual and aural bliss - it's a brilliant brew of dream sequences which left me floating for days. Just let go, relax and open yourself to this masterpiece. BRILLIANT
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By FUMETTO on 19 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
so many years later it is still a great movie with a thoughtful story. all accompanied by a great photography.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Triestino on 5 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD
This film is a relatively early piece of work by the Bosnian-born director Emir Kusturica, who is well known for the utterly zany but wildly entertaining Black Cat, White Cat, a cheerfully demented film set in a sprawling gypsy encampment on the banks of the Danube in Serbia. In Arizona Dream, Kusturica experimented with the surrealism that later made him famous, but perhaps because the film was set outside former Yugoslavia, and involved non-Balkan actors and a cultural context that was alien to him, the experiment didn't really work.

Several fatal flaws manifest themselves almost from the start. First, the main actors are hopelessly miscast. Johnny Depp struggles in vain to make sense of a role that is weakly defined and full of contradictions; Faye Dunaway, who looks over-tired and faded throughout, is hugely unconvincing as a sexy 40-something femme fatale; and the white-faced elfin Lili Taylor comes across not as an erotic temptress but as an obnoxious spoilt brat. Throughout, Kusturica seems to shy away from the central challenge of turning the story into a full-blooded dream sequence. Occasionally a fish floats through the air, a speeding ambulance becomes airborne, and there are several other feeble gestures towards surrealistic portrayal of the subconscious, but most of the time, the film remains stubbornly earthbound, with characters who quarrel unceasingly and loudly, and who engage in sudden inexplicable bouts of violence and irritation. Funny it isn't - all the time, the mood is jumpy, unhappy, and ominous. One somehow senses the presence, just off camera, of an irritable and frustrated director, unable to communicate properly with a cast of increasingly mystified actors who don't really understand what he wants of them.
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