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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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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

Nick Cave had an idea for his first scene as Freak Storm: he would enter a bar and order a shot of tequila, but be told by the bartender that no salt was available. He would then grab a woman and lick her armpit. This was shot, but not included in the finished film. 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

The new DVD from Second Sight in the UK features no voiceover intro, outro, and a scene that was cut from the original film. The scene takes place at the end of the film when Johnny runs out to find his shoe. He stops at the bar and runs into Freak Storm. He tells Freak that he doesn't have a place to stay so Freak offers for him to stay with over at his place. When Johnny walks over to Freaks table, he sees Freak with Darlette. Johnny leaves and it cuts back to the original cut of the film. See more »

Connections

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

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some most unusual roles vs the most common
12 September 2010 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Several years before his roles as the leader of a fight club, a backwards-aging man, and a Nazi-slaughtering redneck, Brad Pitt played the title role in Tom DiCillo's "Johnny Suede". Johnny is man on skid row with ambitions to be the next Ricky Nelson. He already has a band, and even starts up a relationship with young Darlette (Alison Moir). But as his music career goes nowhere, she leaves him. Upon meeting the offbeat Yvonne (Catherine Keener), Johnny starts to wonder if maybe there's more to life than trying to be a rock star.

I didn't find this movie to be any sort of masterpiece, but I still thought that it was worth seeing. More than just an early vehicle for Pitt - sporting an absurdly large pompadour - and Keener, it shows Johnny's eventually having to recognize reality, especially given the world that he inhabits (the movie doesn't present a flattering look at Brooklyn).

There are also two supporting cast members playing roles totally the opposite of their most famous ones. Tina Louise, far removed from Ginger Grant, plays Darlette's manipulative mother. Samuel L. Jackson plays one of the band members. Ginger Grant co-starred with the guy who said "mother---king snakes on a mother---king plane" (although they don't share any scenes).

Anyway, I recommend "Johnny Suede". A look at lost dreams - much of the movie is in fact made to look dreamlike, probably stressing the contrast between Johnny's fantasies and reality - along with some very surprising stuff. Nick Cave appears as another man with a crazy hairdo. Tom DiCillo later directed "Living in Oblivion", starring Steve Buscemi as a man going through hell trying to make a movie.


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