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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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Taglines:

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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Did You Know?

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

Spoofed in Living in Oblivion (1995) See more »

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We Are The Champions
24 August 2010 | by valis1949See all my reviews

JOHNNY SUEDE is a very early role for Brad Pitt (he had just finished THELMA AND LOUSIE). yet he delivers a surprisingly nuanced performance as a clueless and childlike hipster. Many films of this nature boast a character who is in love with his own hipness, and delights in educating his contemporaries to this fact. Nothing can be farther from this than Pitt's take on Johnny. His reading of the character is so hesitant and tentative, as to be almost "challenged". Catherine Keener's character (who is introduced much too late in the film) becomes the driving force in the film, and attempts to show this carefully coiffed dandy what it might mean to be a man. A proper release of the film was held up because backers weren't sure his performance would connect with fans who were expecting a more polished Hollywood Heart Throb. Quirky and Mind-bending indeed. Excellent Commentary by Tom DiCillo.


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