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Dead Man [DVD] [1996]

Johnny Depp , Gary Farmer , Jim Jarmusch    DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott
  • Directors: Jim Jarmusch
  • Writers: Jim Jarmusch
  • Producers: Demetra J. MacBride, Karen Koch
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: AV Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2005
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,476 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This disappointment from Jim Jarmusch stars Johnny Depp in a mystery Western about a 19th-century accountant named William Blake, who spends his last coin getting to a hellish mud town in Texas and ends up penniless and doomstruck in the wilderness. A benevolent if goofy Native American (Gary Farmer) takes an interest in guiding Blake on a quest for identity in his earthly journey, but the film is really just a string of endless shtick about inbred woodsmen, dumb lawmen, and a trio of irritable killers. With Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne, Alfred Molina, and a noodling soundtrack by Neil Young. --Tom Keogh,

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strange western masterpiece of the nineties. 18 Aug 2000
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Dead Man is a triumph of cinematography. Jim Jarmusch has created an excellent vehicle for Johnny Depp [William Blake} who is cast as an offbeat innocent drawn into a world where life is cheap and he must delve into the depths of his humanity for survival. Beautifully filmed in Monochome which adds to the atmosphere and enriches the characters and scenic landscape of the old west. Cameo performances from Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop etc. add the mood and strangeness of this film. Gary Farmer [Nobody], excellent as the indian who befriends Depp and leads him towards his final destiny. The final poignant scenes are both visually beautiful and moving aided by a wonderfully haunting soundtrack by Neil Young which will live long in the memory after the film is over. Depp fans will love this as he is at his best and will watch this one again and again. Highly recommended. B Lynch.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haunting, breathtaking, moving... 25 Sep 2001
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The critics who panned this film obviously missed the point. They label 'Dead Man' a "revisionist
counter culture western," which deconstructs the genre, reminiscent of some of the more eccentric westerns of the 1970's. Perhaps they feel justified in their role if they can put something into a box and then criticise it for not fitting into the contraints they themselves have placed it in?
This film is simply about the journey - actual and spiritual, of Johnny Depp's character who is changed forever by the people he meets on the way.
Ultimately though, the film is about death. Death of innocence, death of identity, and finally, bodily death. Shot entirely in monochrome, with a poignant soundtrack by Neil Young, there are some great cameo appearances throughout and some superb acting, as ever, by Michael Wincott as Conway Twill.
If you don't bring any pretensions to this movie, you will not come away disappointed. It proves that sometimes, the simplest concepts are beautiful because they are simple, and that sometimes, stories don't need to be told for any other reason than to be enjoyed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a western like you've never seen before 9 April 2002
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Ignore the critics review, to call this film a disappointment is to have missed the point. The first time I saw it, I too thought it a disappointment but then I happened upon it again some time later and saw it in a completely different light.
The film is a slightly surreal yet deeply atmospheric look at innocence and experience (get the references to William Blakes poetry) and also takes in issues of spirituality as well as giving an alternative vision of the Western frontier. Gary Farmer is marvellous as 'Nobody' and Johnny Depp provides his usual powerful screen presence. Great soundrack, great cameos too.
I don't think I have the words to say how brilliant this film is. Other than from from time to time a film comes along that catches your imagination and something deep within you. These are rare occasions but this is one such occassion. Dead Man really is head and shoulders above so much else.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depp's Dead But Don't Know It! 12 Jun 2001
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Johnny Depp is a dead man. With a bullet lodged next to his heart he is unaware that his fate is sealed, however an indian who prefers to be called Nobody recognises his predicament and, mistaking him for his hero (poet William Blake), sets about helping him get back to the mystical realm where he belongs. Don't be misled on this one by reviewers who try to make out that the film is somehow a languishing turkey with a flimsy score and no plot. They haven't understood it and probably didn't even watch all the way to the end. It's no formulaic action-adventure but a well-told, thoughtful story about accepting your fate and getting on with it. The only real disappointment is Iggy Pop desperately attempting to act. But the sheer authenticity of Gary Farmer as Depp's self-appointed saviour is by itself a reason to buy this film. (He reprises the role as a cameo in 'Ghost Dog'). A great moment in cinema. Buy it, Watch it, Love it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man 31 July 2005
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Believe the Amazon review at your peril...This is one of the most overlooked films of Depps' career and in my opinion one of his best performances. A great film with slick cinematography and one of the best soundtracks ever recorded. Not to be missed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it or loath it? 11 Nov 2004
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Having read many reviews, clearly this is a film you either love or loath. Personaly I love it, this is my fourth copy, the others got borrowed! I wanted to add as people appear to have missed the point that there is a very humorous theme to the film. It exploits different film genres, from the 1960's parody of the British northern working class 'James Mason', Blakes arrival at the 'factory' is magical, through to Monty Python. This was never ever a serious film, though it is haunting and hypnotic in places, and how can anyone get bored with that Neil Young soundtrack, which he played live whilst watching the film. It is post modern, post modernism, turn the lights down low, open a few beers, chill and enjoy it for what it is, see it again and you will alomost be watching a different film, and enjoy the parody, it can be hilarious!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thinking (Wo)man's film 15 Aug 2005
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What a fantastic film!!! The opening sequence is magnificent with the long train journey which enables you to truly sense the distance travelled by the changing passengers on board. William Blake "fits in" to begin with, gradually turning into a very obvious "outsider"...very cleverly done. If all you are interested is action action action and can't cope with silence in a film, you probably won't enjoy this ... there is action aplenty in places, but it's more a comment on the character's changing fortune and personality than a gratuitous need to blow people away. The crux of the film, for me, is in the ultimate message that if you tell someone they ARE something for long enough...they become it. In addition to this, it points out how we are shaped by our personal experiences and circumstances. Now think of all the people we write off socially as useless or stupid and watch this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Dead Man" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues On This 'US ONLY' Release...
Despite Johnny Depp's star name and the undoubted coolness of "Dead Man" as a movie - it remains available only in the USA on BLU RAY. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars good watch
if you have like thought provoking films then thsi one will fit the bill perfect acting all round and Johnny Depp at best
Published 6 months ago by mary no mad
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
a great film of johnny,s, do give this one a try, i won,t spoil the storyline, but just to say it is gritty, but moving, a sensitive friendship evolves between johnny,s character... Read more
Published 16 months ago by miss marilyn miller
4.0 out of 5 stars cowboy trip
A weird trippy western with a superb cast, the basic story is pretty standard - wealthy nutter ( Robert Mitchum) puts a hit on an innocent little guy, but the implementation goes... Read more
Published 17 months ago by welly
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous film.
I still watch this in awe and wonder. I can't really say why either. If you like the Deppster, this one doesn't fail in any sense. Just have it.
Published 18 months ago by J. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful picture, wonderful story
this is one of the best movies i have seen. it takes its time, nothing is rushed through. like an old tale the story is told with a hero wandering woods for answers to unspoken... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2009 by Jenny Lundin
5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly coherent and meaningful
This film is really a perfect example of coherence, cohesion and connexity. I intentionally borrow these three words from text analysis as I believe that the whole film is as well... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2008 by Cinephilo
5.0 out of 5 stars A soul's journey from this world into the next
This is one of the most unique pieces of cinema I've ever had the pleasure on encountering. It is not dream 'like', it is as near you can get to dreaming without being asleep. Read more
Published on 10 July 2008 by Mr. G. C. Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Insanity!
This film is a total trip. Johnny Depp in war paint, Iggy Pop dressed as a pilgrim woman, it doesn't really get more random than Dead Man! Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2007 by Washington-Irving
5.0 out of 5 stars ... inspired and by William Blake & by the wisdom of Nobody.
Most viewers rate this film 4-5 star as it should be ... many of the words and sentences that Nobody (the Indian who escorts William Blake to his death) are improvised (& sometimes... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2005 by Paul Schwartzberg
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