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Johnny Suede (1991)

A struggling young musician and devoted fan of Ricky Nelson wants to be just like his idol and become a rock star.

Director:

Tom DiCillo

Writer:

Tom DiCillo

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Johnny Suede
Richard Boes Richard Boes ... Man in Tuxedo
Cheryl Costa Cheryl Costa ... Woman in Alley
Michael Luciano Michael Luciano ... Mr. Clepp
Calvin Levels ... Deke
Nick Cave ... Freak Storm
Ralph Marrero Ralph Marrero ... Bartender
Wilfredo Giovanni Clark Wilfredo Giovanni Clark ... Slick
Alison Moir ... Darlette
Peter McRobbie ... Flip Doubt
Ron Vawter ... Winston
Dennis Parlato Dennis Parlato ... Dalton
Tina Louise ... Mrs. Fontaine
Michael Mulheren Michael Mulheren ... Fred Business
Wayne Maugans Wayne Maugans ... Ned Business
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Storyline

A struggling young musician and devoted fan of Ricky Nelson wants to be just like his idol and become a rock star.

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Keeping up an image can be a full time job.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and elements of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Switzerland | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Джонни-замша See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$90,091
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Technical Specs

Color:

Black and White | Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First film directed by Tom DiCillo. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny takes the pistol cartridge out of the coffee cup and loads it into the revolver, you can see that the primer has a dent in it. This indicates that the cartridge has already been used, and that a bullet was simply pressed into the case, creating a dummy prop round. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Suede: [to the hand] Cut the caveman act man, don't you know you hold onto something tightest with an open hand?
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Alternate Versions

DVD version features a commentary in the beginning and the end of the movie, some VHS versions do not include it. See more »

Connections

Features The Terror of Tiny Town (1938) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Keeps you smiling all the way through.
7 October 1998 | by hipcheckSee all my reviews

This movie really comes out of nowhere, and stays fresh and intriguing from the first shot to the last. I couldn't stop smiling for a moment, it was so wonderfully weird!

The story centers around a pair of snazzy shoes, that are found by Pitt's character Johnny, then change his entire life. There isn't a great deal of plot, which is fine, because the story is driven by the bizarre people in Johnny's life, and the way in which he reacts to them.

The best thing about "Johnny Suede" is that you really don't know what people are going to say or do next. The most 'normal' person in the story is Keener's character, who is strange just for liking Johnny so much.

The photography and sound is fairly minimal, due to budget, but in a way, it really adds to the ambience of nothingness in Johnny's life. The directing of actors is really first-rate, and the script is a gem. Oh, and the hair is a must-see.

If you're in the market for something out of left-field, then this hits the spot!


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