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Arizona Dream -- Academy Award-nominee Johnny Depp, Academy Award-winner Faye Dunaway and the legendary Jerry Lewis, headline this offbeat psychodrama about a group of people drawn together in a desert town.

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Director:
Writers:
David Atkins (story) &
Emir Kusturica (story) ...
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Release Date:
9 September 1994 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A rebellious young man. With his own vision of the future. And his own fantasy of love.
Plot:
An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Surreal perfection See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (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:

Ivan Borodin ... Bradley (uncredited)
Jackson Douglas Fisher ... Priest (uncredited)

Tricia Leigh Fisher ... Lindy (uncredited)

Sal Jenco ... Man at Phone (uncredited)

Emir Kusturica ... Man in Bar (uncredited)

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)
 
Stunts
Adam Brown .... safety diver
Eddie Matthews .... stunt double: Johnny Depp
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
Jeffery J. Boggs .... extras casting assistant
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
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
Rated R for language and sexuality
Runtime:
142 min | 119 min (DVD)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first cut of the film was about 4 hours long. Emir Kusturica gave Johnny Depp a copy of the version.See more »
Quotes:
Axel Blackmar:If you and I were to die in a plane crash it wouldn't matter, because our souls would keep on going and we would love each other from place to place - because it is infinity.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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148 out of 193 people found the following review useful.
Surreal perfection, 28 May 2004
Author: (Rosear) from Netherlands

It's very rare that I see a movie that is truly, in all aspects, perfect.

For example, while The Princess Bride ranks pretty high on my list of movies I'd want to spend the rest of my life watching, I fully realize that the camera angles and special effects of that movie are just plain bad. And while Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas gets a perfect 10 from me, it still completely lacks plot. And so on.

Arizona Dream, however, is different.

The last movie I saw that was truly, in all aspects, perfect was Dog Day Afternoon, a 1975 true story starring Al Pacino and Chris Sarandon. For the longest time, it's been my obsession, my movified bible, everything other movies should aspire to be. And as of today, Dog Day Afternoon finally has competition in my personal top ten: Emir Kusturica's masterpiece very near surpasses Lumet's vision of captivating dialogue, insane details, and dodgy man-groping.

Let's change the subject for a bit. Do you know the scene in Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys, where Bruce Willis is in his cage, and a hamster is running inside a wheel in the corner? Don't say yes, because you don't. It's inaudible. It's impossible to see. But it's there. Kusturica, much like Gilliam, is willing to make his world more detailed than your wildest dreams. His backgrounds are filled with symbolism and surrealism, his dark corners filled with soft puppies. And like Gilliam, he can make you cry with laughter, your only worry in the world being, 'how will I remember all these great quotes in the morning?'

But unlike Gilliam, Kusturica has the power to, barely a scene after the happy happy joy, make you sit there in stunned silence, your number one worry in the world being, 'how will I get my brain to understand the sheer tragedy that is unfolding here?'. Your will find yourself thinking, 'how do I get my mind to comprehend how perfectly this music fits the dialogue?'. Your eyes will follow the camera angles, the expressions of the insanely lovable characters, the many things happening in foreground and background-and you know, you just KNOW, that you will have to watch the movie again, and again, and again.

If you're a fan of movies such as Big Fish and Amélie, movies about people finding happiness and warmth in a world of surreal ambition, Arizona Dream will be your next obsession. But even if you think massive explosions and a grunting Bruce Willis are the only thing that can make a movie worth watching, you will still want to give this movie a chance- for the 'explosions' it causes will far, far surpass anything you've EVER experienced before.

10/10.

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