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Dead Man (1995)

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

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Dead Man is the story of a young man's journey, both physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. William Blake travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American, named "Nobody", who believes Blake is actually the dead English poet of the same name. The story, with Nobody's help, leads William Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent. Contrary to his nature, circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened to the fragility that defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface of a mirror, and emerges into a previously-unknown world that exists on the other side. Written by Anonymous

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No one can survive becoming a legend.

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Rated R for moments of strong violence, a graphic sex scene and some language | See all certifications »

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10 May 1996 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,069,600 (USA)
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Trivia

Gary Farmer would reprise his role as Nobody in Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999). See more »

Goofs

When Thel is shot, her head changes position in William Blake's arms between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Train Fireman: Look out the window. And doesn't this remind you of when you were in the boat, and then later than night, you were lying, looking up at the ceiling, and the water in your head was not dissimilar from the landscape, and you think to yourself, "Why is it that the landscape is moving, but the boat is still?"
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At the end of the credits, "Whahappan?" appears just before the soundtrack information. See more »

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References Ivan's Childhood (1962) See more »

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Billy Boy
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Half the reason I became a film maker
7 October 2000 | by (Touban) – See all my reviews

This film is half the reason I stopped being an investment banker and became a film-maker.

I have seen it at least ten times, and each time I discover more depth and beauty.

I have show this film to many people, and most unfortunately do not see in it what I see.

I feel sorry for them that I cannot give them my eyes, because I know that what I see in this film is really there.

For me this is one of the best films I have ever seen. Subtle in its beauty and magnificence.

If you see it and don't love it, I say see it again.


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