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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai -- An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.

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Jim Jarmusch (written by)
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Release Date:
24 March 2000 (USA) See more »
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All assassins live beyond the law... only one follows the code See more »
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An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The tale of an inner-city, New York, Samurai warrior by Jim Jarmusch See more (355 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Forest Whitaker ... Ghost Dog

John Tormey ... Louie

Cliff Gorman ... Sonny Valerio
Dennis Liu ... Chinese Restaurant Owner
Frank Minucci ... Big Angie

Richard Portnow ... Handsome Frank

Tricia Vessey ... Louise Vargo

Henry Silva ... Ray Vargo
Gene Ruffini ... Old Consigliere
Frank Adonis ... Valerio's Bodyguard

Victor Argo ... Vinny

Damon Whitaker ... Young Ghost Dog
Kenny Guay ... Boy in Window
Vince Viverito ... Johnny Morini
Gano Grills ... Gangsta in Red
Touché Cornel ... Gangsta in Red

Jamie Hector ... Gangsta in Red

Chuck Jeffreys ... Mugger
Yan Ming Shi ... Kung-Fu Master
Vinny Vella ... Sammy the Snake (as Vinnie Vella)
Joseph Rigano ... Joe Rags (as Joe Rigano)

Roberto Lopez ... Punk in Alley
Salvatore Alagna ... Punk in Alley

Jerry Todisco ... Punk in Alley

Isaach De Bankolé ... Raymond
Dreddy Kruger ... MC in blue
Timbo King ... MC in blue
Clay Da Raider ... MC in blue
Dead And Stinking ... MC in blue
Deflon Sallahr ... MC in blue

Camille Winbush ... Pearline

Gary Farmer ... Nobody
Clebert Ford ... Pigeonkeeper
José Rabelo ... Rooftop Boatbuilder

Jerry Sturiano ... Lefty
Tony Rigo ... Tony

Alfred Nittoli ... Al
Angel Caban ... Social Club Landlord
Luz Valentin ... Girl in Silver
Rene Bluestone ... Club Couple
Jordan Peck ... Club Couple
Jonathan Teague Cook ... Bear Hunter (as Jonathan Cook)

Tracy Howe ... Bear Hunter

Harry Shearer ... Voice of Scratchy (voice) (archive footage)

Vanessa Hollingshead ... Female Sheriff

Sharon Angela ... Blonde with Jaguar

RZA ... Samurai in Camouflage (as The RZA)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Scott Bryce ... Accountant (scenes deleted)
Paul Diomede ... Young Gangster (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Jarmusch 
 
Writing credits
Jim Jarmusch (written by)

Produced by
Richard Guay .... producer
Jim Jarmusch .... producer
Diana Schmidt .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
RZA 
 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller 
 
Film Editing by
Jay Rabinowitz 
 
Casting by
Ellen Lewis 
Laura Rosenthal 
 
Production Design by
Ted Berner 
 
Art Direction by
Mario Ventenilla 
 
Set Decoration by
Ron von Blomberg  (as Ronnie Von Blomberg)
 
Costume Design by
John Dunn 
 
Makeup Department
Clifford Booker .... hair stylist (as Cliff Booker)
Judy Chin .... makeup artist
Todd Kleitsch .... assistant special makeup effects
Neal Martz .... special makeup effects artist
Adenike Wright .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Victor De Jesus .... production supervisor
Lonnie Kandel .... production supervisor
Gabrielle Mahon .... post-production supervisor
Diana Schmidt .... unit production manager
Stacey Smith .... post-production supervisor
Karen L. Thorson .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cindy Craig .... second assistant director
Jude Gorjanc .... first assistant director
Jessica Piscitelli .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Shirley Belwood .... assistant property master
Jeff Butcher .... property master
Nathalie Cassegrain .... art department coordinator (as Nathalie Leslie-Cassergrain)
Bill Cassidy .... key construction grip
Peter DeCurtis .... set dresser (as Pete DeCurtis)
Susan Glod .... second scenic
Mario Herrera .... charge scenic artist
Richard S. Kamin .... construction foreman (as Richard Kamin)
Louis Mucci .... carpenter
Joseph Proscia .... lead man (as Joe Proscia)
Danny Rovira .... construction coordinator
Philip Saccio Jr. .... on-set dresser (as Phil Saccio Jr.)
Philip Saccio .... assistant lead man (as Phil Saccio Sr.)
Jennifer Snoeyink .... scenic
Ken Sperling .... stand-by construction grip
Steve Swanson .... set dresser
Clayton Thomas .... shop production assistant (as Clayton 'Massive' Thomas)
Roman Turovsky .... on-set scenic
Thomas Hocking .... construction grip (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Boulton .... adr mixer
Jason Canovas .... adr editor
John Chamberlain .... adr recordist
Eric A. Christoffersen .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... sound designer (as Chic Ciccolini III)
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... sound effects editor (as Chic Ciccolini III)
Ryan Collison .... foley artist
Keith Culbertson .... sound re-recordist
Joe Dohner .... foley recordist (as Joseph Dohner)
Jeanne Gilliland .... cable person
Thomas A. Gulino .... dialogue editor
Ann Hadsell .... adr mixer
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
Kevin Meehan .... boom operator (as Kevin V. Meehan)
Yvette Nabel .... foley editor
Daniel Pagan .... sound effects editor
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Dominick Tavella .... re-recording mixer (as Dom 'The Dominator' Tavella)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
John Werner .... assistant sound editor (as John Michael Werner)
Karl Wasserman .... additional sound utility (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
John Stifanich .... special effects assistant
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John Furniotis .... optical effects
Don Nolan .... digital and optical effects
Trevor Bajus .... digital artist (uncredited)
Molle DeBartolo .... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
Gray Miller .... title animator (uncredited)
Dave Salter .... animation cameraman (uncredited)
Mark Tureski .... optical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Norman Douglass .... stunt coordinator
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Beattie .... grip
Katherine M. Butler .... first assistant camera (as Kate Butler)
Christian Carmody .... second assistant camera
Francesca Cobaco .... electrician (as Francesca 'Max' Corbachio)
Jon Delgado .... electrician (as John M. Delgado)
Ray Flynn .... best boy electric
Abbot Genser .... still photographer (as Abbott Genser)
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera (as Doug Hart)
Pedro Hernández .... best boy grip
Chaim Kantor .... camera operator
Tim Kelly .... grip
Gary Lamantia .... camera technician: Wescam camera (as Gary LaMantia)
Scott Maguire .... camera loader
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
Gary Martone .... key grip
Michael J. Maurer .... electrician (as Michael Maurer)
Tally Morse .... dolly grip (as Talley Morse)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Sean O'Brien .... grip
Christopher Porter .... gaffer (as Chris Porter)
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Mark Schwentner .... gaffer
Josh Steinberg .... grip
Nicolas L. Charuet .... grip (uncredited)
Chaim Kantor .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Anthony Ortiz .... extras casting (as Anthony 'Dust' Ortiz)
Jessy Terrero .... extras casting
Ulysses Terrero .... extras casting
Blythe Cappello .... casting associate (uncredited)
Gayle Keller .... casting associate (uncredited)
Jeanne McCarthy .... casting: Los Angeles (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kevin Brainerd .... assistant costume designer
David Davenport .... wardrobe supervisor
Amy Habacker .... wardrobe supervisor (as Amy S. Habacker)
 
Editorial Department
Jennifer Apel .... assistant editor
Héctor Cordero .... apprentice editor
Tony Grocki .... first assistant editor
Ricardo Olivero .... color timer
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
Peter Phillips .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Carl Archibald .... location assistant
Ged Dickersin .... location manager
Tom Jarmusch .... location scout
Suk Yi Mar .... assistant location manager
Kevon Murphy .... location assistant
Kate Schultz .... location scout
Demond Stafford .... location assistant
Mimi Turner .... location scout
 
Music Department
Jay Rabinowitz .... music editor
Sunz of Man .... soundtrack (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
John Arena Jr. .... driver
Ralph Astarita .... driver
Tom Buckman Jr. .... driver
Bill Buckman .... driver
Christopher Cilento .... driver (as Chris Cilento)
Danny Houghton .... driver
Joe Irwin .... driver
Bob Lansing .... driver
Leonard Luizzi .... driver (as Lenny Luizzi)
John Lynch Jr. .... driver
Joe Mallon .... driver
George Moran .... driver
John Raffone .... driver
Ed Stewart .... driver
Francis Volpe .... driver (as Francis Volpe Jr.)
Louis Volpe .... transportation captain (as Lou 'Sonny' Volpe)
Ralph Volpe .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Cynthia Bauer .... intern
Jesse Bodine .... office production assistant
Brian Cantaldi .... set production assistant
Jen Cox .... payroll accountant
Aaron Douglas .... accountant
Sara Driver .... story consultant
Jennifer Ehman .... intern
Joe Facey .... craft service
Orlando Ferreyra III .... intern
Kathleen Gallagher .... intern
Mara Galus .... set production assistant
Jeff Seymann Gilbert .... intern (as Jeffrey Seymann)
Jill Goldstein .... legal services
Ariel Greene .... intern
Joe Guest .... intern
Tucker Hartsorne .... assistant animal wrangler
Richard Heller .... legal services
Vanessa Jacobs .... assistant production coordinator
Paul Johnson .... security officer
Chiemi Karasawa .... script supervisor
Damon Keller .... intern
Stefanie Koseff .... assistant: Stacey Smith
Brian Lampf .... office production assistant
Susan Lawlor .... production secretary
Nemo Librizzi .... spirit balance
Gabrielle Mahon .... assistant: Richard Guay
Alfredo Martinez .... gun consultant
Steve McAuliff .... animal wrangler
Tony McKray .... security officer
Kelly Mearkle .... office production assistant
Macho Mendez .... security officer
Chris O'Brien .... legwork
David Phillips .... parking coordinator
Jennifer Pietzryh .... set medic
Reid Rosefelt .... publicist
Christa Saredi .... world sales
Harris Smith .... intern
Stacey Smith .... assistant: Jim Jarmusch
Michele Soddano .... assistant accountant
Jim Sotet .... philosophical consultant
Thea St. Omer .... intern
Eliza Thomas .... intern
Daira Torres .... intern
Alfonso Trinidad .... key set production assistant
Dana Wisher .... set production assistant
Heathar Wynne .... set medic
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Michael K. Reynolds .... chef (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Akira Kurosawa .... personal thanks
Jean-Pierre Melville .... personal thanks
Mary Shelley .... personal thanks
Bart Walker .... very special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and language
Runtime:
116 min
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Trivia:
Two of the emcees in the park (when the "Ice Cream" beat can be heard) are Timbo King and Dreddy Kruger. They are both members of the 'Wu-Tang Killa Beez'. The RZA, who scored the movie, is the leader of all things related to Wu-Tang Clan and its affiliates.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Ghost Dog shoots Handsome Frank, Ghost Dog points his gun with a laser pointer at him. After he shoots Frank for the first time, the laser beam can be seen and then we can see where it's coming from, and the line created by the beam comes from somewhere from the right and not from where Ghost Dog is with his gun (behind the camera).See more »
Quotes:
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Ghost Dog:The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one's body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears, and swords. Being carried away by surging waves...
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Raise Your SwordSee more »

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21 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
The tale of an inner-city, New York, Samurai warrior by Jim Jarmusch, 24 February 2000
Author: dparrot from NYC

This new film, written and directed by the Dean of Independent film makers ("Down by Law," "Night on Earth," and "Dead Man," just to name a few of his masterpieces), is a WONDERFUL, entertaining, and powerful work about a New York City inner city young man, played marvellously by Forest Whitaker, who studies and lives the way of the ancient Samurai warriors. He has adopted the role of retainer to a minor mob boss, whose orders he carries out with flawless precision. Jarmusch once again pairs up with cinematographer Robby Muller, with the predictable result that the film is visually magnificent. In typical Jarmusch fashion, the hip hop sound track (music by RZA) is also masterful. "Ghost Dog" is exciting, emotional (even touching), engaging, and, most unexpectedly, funny.

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