The Brave (1997)

 |  Drama  |  30 July 1997 (France)
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A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to "star" as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his poverty stricken family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marshall Bell ...
Lou Sr.
Father Stratton
Lou Jr.
Nicole Mancera ...
Chuck E. Weiss ...


An unemployed alcoholic Native American Indian lives on a trailer park with his wife and two children. Convinced that he has nothing to offer this world, he agrees to be tortured to death by a gang of rednecks in return for $50,000. Written by Duncan Shine <>

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30 July 1997 (France)  »

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Iggy Pop:  the guy eating at the party. See more »


Father Stratton: You sold your soul!
Raphael: No, father, I sold my body. Like a whore.
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »


El Caiman
(Traditional Arranged by Los Caporales)
Performed by Los Caporales
Courtesy of Discos Corason, Mexico
By Arrangement with Rounder Records and Ocean Park Music Group
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Everyone should watch it if they have the chance, but don't expect to go away smiling.
26 January 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Wow. I just watched The Brave. Before I saw it, I knew that it was the only film which Johnny Depp has directed. After seeing it, I can add 'unfortunately' to the beginning of the fact. In every film that he's been in, nevermind the quality of the film itself, Johnny Depp has always given a wonderful performance. As a director, he's no different. The Brave is truly outstanding. How to describe the film? It's impossibly really. All I can say Every actor is great. It's hard to get good child actors, but here it had been done. Johnny Depp is fantastic as usual, the wife is brilliant too. I don't think that there is a single performance that I would criticise. With the film, I did something that I've never done before - I didn't move for the last 10 or 20 minutes, and when it was over, I just sat through the credits completely in shock, crying. I even stayed in front of the DVD menu for a while afterwards, completely still. How anyone can call this film 'boring' is beyond me. Heartbreaking, uncomfortable, yes, but it is far from boring. Everyone should watch The Brave if they have the chance, but don't expect to go away smiling.

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