Johnny Suede (1991)

R  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  22 April 1992 (France)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Suede
Richard Boes ...
Man in Tuxedo
Cheryl Costa ...
Woman in Alley
Michael Luciano ...
Mr. Clepp
Calvin Levels ...
Freak Storm
Ralph Marrero ...
Wilfredo Giovanni Clark ...
Flip Doubt
Ron Vawter ...
Dennis Parlato ...
Mrs. Fontaine
Michael Mulheren ...
Fred Business
Wayne Maugans ...
Ned Business


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Keeping up an image can be a full time job.


Comedy | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language and elements of sexuality | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

22 April 1992 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Джонни-замша  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

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| (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A few weeks into filming, Tom DiCillo fired the original director of photography after finding all of the footage shot to be worthless. When confronted with this, DiCillo claims the DP confessed to deliberately sabotaging the film due to jealosy. See more »


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 »


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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Poor Little Fool
4 October 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Big hair-pieced Brad Pitt (as Johnny Suede) moves to a large American city, from North Dakota; he wants to become a Big pop music star. He has everything except "Black Suede Shoes". One evening, he discovers a woman being roughed up in an alley/alcove. While in a nearby phone booth, calling for help, Pitt is practically hit over the head with his blessed "Black Suede Shoes". Then, he feels he is on his way. Pitt is hampered by an underwhelming singing voice, and poor material; but, due to his muscular good looks, he is successful with women. Pitt has several sexy underwear scenes; and, he slips under the sheets with quirky Catherine Keener (as Yvonne) and alluring Alison Moir (as Darlette).

Pitt idolizes Ricky Nelson (who certainly would have gotten a *kick* out of this movie). For the record, the most frequently played song, Rick Nelson's "Teen Age Idol" could not have been turned over to play "Travelin' Man", as Pitt does in an effective scene with Ms. Moir. The two Nelson hits were on different Imperial singles. The record album hanging on Pitt's apartment wall is the excellent "Ricky Sings Again" album. "Midtown" is the best of the "original" tunes; it has some of the breezy feel evident in Nelson's early Decca material.

Moir, Ms. Keener, and Calvin Levels (as Deke) perform very well. Keener won an "Independent Spirit Award"; but, Moir and Mr. Leeds are also very impressive. Tempting Tina Louise (as Mrs. Fontaine), from "Gilligan's Island", has a leggy cameo; and, Nick Cave is a "Freak Storm". Debuting director Tom DiCillo's "Johnny Suede" is filled with style and good intentions.

****** Johnny Suede (1991) Tom DiCillo ~ Brad Pitt, Catherine Keener, Calvin Levels

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