A struggling young musician and devoted fan of Ricky Nelson wants to be just like his idol and become a rock star.

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Johnny Suede
Richard Boes ...
Man in Tuxedo
Cheryl Costa ...
Woman in Alley
Michael Luciano ...
Mr. Clepp
Calvin Levels ...
Deke
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Freak Storm
Ralph Marrero ...
Bartender
Wilfredo Giovanni Clark ...
Slick
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Darlette
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Flip Doubt
Ron Vawter ...
Winston
Dennis Parlato ...
Dalton
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Mrs. Fontaine
Michael Mulheren ...
Fred Business
Wayne Maugans ...
Ned Business
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A struggling young musician and devoted fan of Ricky Nelson wants to be just like his idol and become a rock star.

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Keeping up an image can be a full time job.

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Rated R for language and elements of sexuality | See all certifications »
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22 April 1992 (France)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Johnny Suede's costumes came out of director Tom DiCillo's personal wardrobe. During filming, they were all stolen from a truck which was left unlocked. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny takes the pistol cartridge out of the coffee cup and loads it into the revolver, you can see that the primer has a dent in it. This indicates that the cartridge has already been used, and that a bullet was simply pressed into the case, creating a dummy prop round. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Suede: [to the hand] Cut the caveman act man, don't you know you hold onto something tightest with an open hand?
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some most unusual roles vs the most common
12 September 2010 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Several years before his roles as the leader of a fight club, a backwards-aging man, and a Nazi-slaughtering redneck, Brad Pitt played the title role in Tom DiCillo's "Johnny Suede". Johnny is man on skid row with ambitions to be the next Ricky Nelson. He already has a band, and even starts up a relationship with young Darlette (Alison Moir). But as his music career goes nowhere, she leaves him. Upon meeting the offbeat Yvonne (Catherine Keener), Johnny starts to wonder if maybe there's more to life than trying to be a rock star.

I didn't find this movie to be any sort of masterpiece, but I still thought that it was worth seeing. More than just an early vehicle for Pitt - sporting an absurdly large pompadour - and Keener, it shows Johnny's eventually having to recognize reality, especially given the world that he inhabits (the movie doesn't present a flattering look at Brooklyn).

There are also two supporting cast members playing roles totally the opposite of their most famous ones. Tina Louise, far removed from Ginger Grant, plays Darlette's manipulative mother. Samuel L. Jackson plays one of the band members. Ginger Grant co-starred with the guy who said "mother---king snakes on a mother---king plane" (although they don't share any scenes).

Anyway, I recommend "Johnny Suede". A look at lost dreams - much of the movie is in fact made to look dreamlike, probably stressing the contrast between Johnny's fantasies and reality - along with some very surprising stuff. Nick Cave appears as another man with a crazy hairdo. Tom DiCillo later directed "Living in Oblivion", starring Steve Buscemi as a man going through hell trying to make a movie.


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