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9 September 1994 (USA) See more »
A rebellious young man. With his own vision of the future. And his own fantasy of love.
An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Johnny Depp ... Axel Blackmar

Jerry Lewis ... Leo Sweetie

Faye Dunaway ... Elaine Stalker

Lili Taylor ... Grace Stalker

Vincent Gallo ... Paul Leger

Paulina Porizkova ... Millie

Michael J. Pollard ... Fabian
Candyce Mason ... Blanche
Alexia Rane ... Angie

Polly Noonan ... Betty
Ann Schulman ... Carla
James R. Wilson ... Lawyer
Erik Polczwartek ... Man with Door
Kim Keo ... Mechanical Doll
Patricia O'Grady ... MC / Announcer
James P. Morrison ... Boatman
Vincent Tocktoo ... Eskimo Man
Santos Romero ... Mariachi Band Member
David Rodriquez ... Mariachi Band Member
Juan Urrea ... Mariachi Band Member
José Luis Ávila ... Mariachi Band Member
Sergio Hlarmendaris ... Mariachi Band Member
Frank Turley ... Mariachi Band Member
Manuel Rodríguez ... Mariachi Band Member
Cayetano Acosta ... Mariachi Band Member
Manuel Ruiz ... Mariachi Band Member
Narcisco Domínguez ... Mariachi Band Member
Benjamin S. Gonzales ... Mariachi Band Member
Serafino Flores ... Mariachi Band Member
Miguel Moreno ... Mariachi Band Member
Raphael Salcido ... Mariachi Band Member
Chanaia Rodriguez ... Mariachi Band Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jackson Douglas Fisher ... Priest (uncredited)

Tricia Leigh Fisher ... Lindy (uncredited)

Sal Jenco ... Man at Phone (uncredited)

Emir Kusturica ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
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Directed by
Emir Kusturica 
Writing credits
David Atkins (story) &
Emir Kusturica (story)

David Atkins (screenplay)

Produced by
Richard Brick .... co-producer
Paul R. Gurian .... executive producer
Yves Marmion .... producer
Claudie Ossard .... producer
Original Music by
Goran Bregovic 
Cinematography by
Vilko Filac 
Film Editing by
Rached M'Dini 
Andrija Zafranovic 
Casting by
Pennie DuPont 
Production Design by
Miljen Kreka Kljakovic 
Art Direction by
Jan Pascale 
Set Decoration by
Jan Pascale 
Costume Design by
Jill M. Ohanneson 
Makeup Department
Karoly Balazs .... makeup artist
Deborah Ann Piper .... hair stylist
Patty York .... makeup artist
Production Management
Charles Darby .... unit manager
Buddy Enright .... unit manager: Alaska/Colorado
Svetlana Novak .... post-production supervisor
Jay Sedrish .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
K.C. Hodenfield .... second assistant director
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan .... first assistant director
Art Department
Christy Addis .... set dresser
Jeff Butcher .... property master: New York
Tom Conway .... set dresser
Louise Del Araujo .... lead
Curtis Gutierrez .... set dresser
Gary Kosko .... assistant art director
Byron K. Lovelace .... set dresser
Elaine O'Donnell .... set decorator: New York
Erik Polczwartek .... on-set dresser
Chris Santini .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
Corinne Rozenberg .... assistant sound editor
Corinne Rozenberg .... sound editor
Jim Stuebe .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects
Ken Estes .... special effects coordinator
Greg Landerer .... special effects
Ron Petruccione .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Max W. Anderson .... visual effects supervisor
Max W. Anderson .... visual effects
Martin Body .... rostrum cameraman
Nicholas Brooks .... visual effects
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC
Kent Houston .... visual effects supervisor
John Swinnerton .... motion control cameraman
Mark Nelmes .... digital visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Adam Brown .... safety diver
Ron Petruccione .... stunts
Peter Rocca .... stunt double: Johnny Depp
Camera and Electrical Department
Patric J. Abaravich .... lighting technician
Mitchell Amundsen .... camera operator: Alaska and Colorado (as Mitch Amundson)
John Armstrong .... generator operator
Bob Becchio .... second assistant camera
Nathalie Eno .... still photographer
Suzanne Hanover .... still photographer
Robert A. Preston .... dolly grip
Ric Urbauer .... crane grip
Casting Department
Debbie Korper .... casting assistant (as Debby Corper)
Editorial Department
Urszula Lesiak .... first assistant editor
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Michael Philip .... first assistant editor
Marypat Plottner .... synching editor
Music Department
Srdjan Kurpjel .... music arranger
Transportation Department
Chris Gallegos .... driver
Brita McCollough .... driver
Jim Petti .... transportation captain
Marty Radcliff .... driver
Other crew
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Dawn Darfus .... production accountant: Arizona/New York
Tad Driscoll .... production accountant
Buddy Enright .... location manager: Alaska/Colorado
Toya Hankins .... production assistant
Lynn Harris .... script supervisor
Chiemi Karasawa .... assistant to director
Debbie Korper .... assistant to director (as Debby Corper)
Marie-Christine Malbert .... unit publicist
Annie Saunders .... production coordinator
Lenny Speregen .... marine coordinator
Steven C. Ward .... assistant production coordinator
Tomislav Novakovic .... special thanks
Jonathan Weisgal .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Arrowtooth Waltz" - , USA (working title)
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Rated R for language and sexuality
142 min | 119 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Producer Claudie Ossard wanted to work with Emir Kusturica after seeing his film Time of the Gypsies (1988).See more »
Axel Blackmar:Columbus wouldn't think I was crazy for building a flying machine, because history is all dreams. No rules or books. It's just there, waiting to be discovered like when Columbus found this place. I don't know if he found his dream.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Godfather: Part II (1974)See more »
Bésame muchoSee more »


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49 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
What dreams are made of..., 30 June 2005
Author: jpschapira from Argentina

Some movies only work if we let ourselves carry away by them. They present a surrealistic imagination world that comes from the mind of their creators. They are hard to watch, especially when they mix real characters that live their lives sometimes awaken, or inside one big dream or their own dreams.

Axel Blackmar (Johnny Depp) is a dreamer, and an unusual example of personal choices. His parents died and he went to New York, to work with fish. He could have sold cars with his uncle Leo (Jerry Lewis), but he's there, talking with that monotonous voice about what he does. Maybe it was a simple dream, where an Eskimo catches a fish with two eyes on the same side, and tells his kids to go out with their dog so he and his wife can…And the kid with the dog allow to see an orange balloon that seems to go from Alaska to New York, where Alex sleeps in a truck. "Wake up, Columbus", the words of his mother and Axel's hope to find something in the land already discovered by that man.

Alongside fish flying through the air, we join Axel to be the best man of his uncle's wedding. With his friend Paul Leger (Vincent Gallo), the untiring chats go from movies to philosophies about cakes, pies and bananas. Paul is an actor: "I'm having a great performance on Friday", he says. "It's an audition", Axel says to humiliate him. The truth is that it's not even an audition. This stuff lived by Axel is a story for us, but is a personal rediscovering and rethought of decisions in life for the character. When he sees Elaine (Faye Dunaway) he feels something strong, but doesn't know how to call it. Days later he becomes the lover of a woman decades older than him. Elaine's daughter, Grace (Lili Taylor) is also there, and it doesn't goes long until Axel finds himself in a crossroad between the heart of two women, that as he describes them, are "too similar and big to be in the same world".

David Atkin's story and screenplay comes plagued of phrases that could come out of a lunatic's mouth, but they fit in the film's context and twist your head at maximum. "I've got to climb…It's a long way to the moon"; "I'm gonna live forever until I become a turtle…They have infinite lives", besides scenes of well known movies in crucial moments. And what music (Goran Bregovic)! And what editing (Andrija Zafranovic)! And what cinematography (Vilko Filac)! And what director! Known for his originality, recognized director Emir Kusturica puts his own signature to his movie, collaborating in the story he must have dreamed a little to; giving life to the dream with his flying camera, full of unexpected turns and in love of its surroundings. What he achieves is greater words, although not everybody could understand it, and, for that matter, appreciate it.

And his actors…Jerry Lewis in a total comprehension of his character, and so involved in his work that you wouldn't believe it. So incredibly likable in one of those roles we never give much importance to. Faye Dunaway…Wow! She got to work with some of these actors later, but here, as an old woman in character and, with respect, in person, she maintains that virtue of creating uniqueness, with her laughs, smiles and way of saying things. Lili Taylor was the most interesting character here. The silent daughter that could be crazy but no one can really tell. With imagination and freedom, Taylor makes her character believable and not as overacted as it might be. Vincent Gallo, who I respect mostly as a director and as an actor that does what he wants, the ability he has had to choose his roles is visible here again; as he shines without lights to help him. A wonderful performance his fans shouldn't miss.

But Depp…How can I explain? I've said it a lot, surely, but I will repeat it. He's like a magician, but not with the cards and the hat and the tricks. He is with his face, his looks, his way of talking, his perfection of movement…But it's not really something technical: "in the acting world, Johnny Depp is a magician". I'm sure he still has plenty of that for us, but here is where he let us know first.

In one scene, Vincent Gallo's character Paul, an actor, requests that no one touches his face, because it's important. "Do you think they touch Brando's face? Do you think they touch Pacino's, De Niro's? Do you think they touch Johnny Depp's face? I don't know then, but not know; and if they did before, they shouldn't have.

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