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Johnny Suede (1991)

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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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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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$500,000 (estimated)
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Tom DiCillo insisted on casting the relatively unknown Brad Pitt over the objections of the producer, who wanted him to consider Timothy Hutton. Ironically, DiCillo was ultimately dissatisfied with Pitt's portrayal of Johnny as being "slow" or "stupid" instead of just childish. See more »

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Keeps you smiling all the way through.
7 October 1998 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie really comes out of nowhere, and stays fresh and intriguing from the first shot to the last. I couldn't stop smiling for a moment, it was so wonderfully weird!

The story centers around a pair of snazzy shoes, that are found by Pitt's character Johnny, then change his entire life. There isn't a great deal of plot, which is fine, because the story is driven by the bizarre people in Johnny's life, and the way in which he reacts to them.

The best thing about "Johnny Suede" is that you really don't know what people are going to say or do next. The most 'normal' person in the story is Keener's character, who is strange just for liking Johnny so much.

The photography and sound is fairly minimal, due to budget, but in a way, it really adds to the ambience of nothingness in Johnny's life. The directing of actors is really first-rate, and the script is a gem. Oh, and the hair is a must-see.

If you're in the market for something out of left-field, then this hits the spot!


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