MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 464 this week

Johnny Suede (1991)

5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 2,507 users   Metascore: 53/100
Reviews: 23 user | 9 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 27 Jun 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 02 Jan 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 18 Jan 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 17 Jun 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 30 Aug 2012
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Johnny Suede (1991)

Johnny Suede (1991) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Johnny Suede.
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Favor (1994)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Kathy is married to Peter. Now she can't help but wonder how things could have been if she got together with her old boyfriend, Tom. Being married prevents from doing that so she asks her ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Harley Jane Kozak, Elizabeth McGovern, Bill Pullman
Sleepers (1996)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt
Kalifornia (1993)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Director: Dominic Sena
Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Larson
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding.

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin
True Romance (1993)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn
Cool World (1992)
Animation | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A comic strip vamp seeks to seduce her cartoonist creator in order to cross over into the real world.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger, Brad Pitt
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

When Billy returns from reform school he has to attend a different high school at the other side of town. He tries to start with a clean slate but his old rival doesn't make it easy on him ... See full summary »

Director: Sandy Tung
Stars: Ricky Schroder, Brad Pitt, Carrie Snodgress
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two fly-fishing sons of a Presbyterian minister--one reserved, one rebellious--grow up in rural Montana.

Director: Robert Redford
Stars: Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Robbie, the singer and Julia, the waitress are both engaged to be married but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.

Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a ... See full summary »

Director: Emir Kusturica
Stars: Bajram Severdzan, Srdjan Todorovic, Branka Katic
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Christopher is an ambitious college freshman, striving to become a writer. Through a computer fault he's assigned the same room as Alex, a real party freak and... a girl! He's annoyed and ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Damski
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Helen Slater, Dan Schneider
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Johnny Suede
Richard Boes ...
Man in Tuxedo
Cheryl Costa ...
Woman in Alley
Michael Luciano ...
Mr. Clepp
Calvin Levels ...
Deke
...
Freak Storm
Ralph Marrero ...
Bartender
Wilfredo Giovanni Clark ...
Slick
...
Darlette
...
Flip Doubt
Ron Vawter ...
Winston
Dennis Parlato ...
Dalton
...
Mrs. Fontaine
Michael Mulheren ...
Fred Business
Wayne Maugans ...
Ned Business
Edit

Storyline

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

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Keeping up an image can be a full time job.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

22 April 1992 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Johnny Suede  »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

| (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Features The Terror of Tiny Town (1938) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Poor Little Fool
4 October 2008 | by (Earth) – 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


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Loved the song radiokoofachalus
Tina Louise Looks Like A Scarecrow! radiokoofachalus
DVD came out yesterday (January 15 2008) parisdeb
ricky nelson natej88
Shoe symbolism MaryLouStalin
Is the new DVD worth buying? clay-brown
Discuss Johnny Suede (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?