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(1995)

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The hat that Johnny Depp wears in the movie is a John Bull Topper.
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Robert Mitchum's final big screen appearance.
Gary Farmer would reprise his role as Nobody in the later Jim Jarmusch film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999).
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Nobody (Gary Farmer) can be heard several times to exclaim, "Hootka!" or "Huht-kah!" According to Farmer, it's not an actual word but slang for, "What the fuck?!" or simply, "Fuck!"
Nobody tells William Blake, "Drag your wagon and plow over the bones of the dead." This is a passage from William Blake's "Proverbs of Hell". It is also a lyric from Tom Waits song "How's It Gonna End," who stars in several of Jim Jarmusch's films.
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The names of the two marshals that Blake (Johnny Depp) kills are Lee and Marvin, an homage to Lee Marvin.
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The lines "The vision of Christ that thou dost see / Is my vision's greatest enemy" that Nobody says to the trading post missionary are from William Blake's "The Everlasting Gospel".
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The lines "Every night and every morn / Some to misery are born / Every morn and every night / Some are born to sweet delight" are from William Blake's poem "Auguries of Innocence".
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The line said by Nobody, "The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn from the Crow," is also a William Blake quote, from the proverbs of Hell in "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell".
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Robby Müller's black and white cinematography was influenced by the work of photographer Ansel Adams.
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Billy Bob Thornton's character is named Big George Drakoulious. George Drakoulias is a musician and has produced music for The Black Crowes and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Jared Harris' character is named Benmont Tench. Benmont Tench is a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
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The character Thel is also taken from a William Blake poem called "The Book of Thel".
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The lines "Some are born to sweet delight and some born to the endless night" are also lyric of a song entitled "End of the Night" by The Doors.
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The passage Salvatore Jenko reads from the Bible is from 1 Samuel 17:46, "This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee ...".
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