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Dead Man (1995)

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On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

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Jim Jarmusch

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Jim Jarmusch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... William Blake
Gary Farmer ... Nobody
Crispin Glover ... Train Fireman
Lance Henriksen ... Cole Wilson
Michael Wincott ... Conway Twill
Eugene Byrd ... Johnny 'The Kid' Pickett
John Hurt ... John Scholfield
Robert Mitchum ... John Dickinson
Iggy Pop ... Salvatore 'Sally' Jenko
Gabriel Byrne ... Charlie Dickinson
Jared Harris ... Benmont Tench
Mili Avital ... Thel Russell
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... Marvin, Older Marshal
Mark Bringelson ... Lee, Younger Marshal
John North ... Mr. Olafsen
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Storyline

Dead Man is the story of a young man's journey, both physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. William Blake travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American, named "Nobody", who believes Blake is actually the dead English poet of the same name. The story, with Nobody's help, leads William Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent. Contrary to his nature, circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened to the fragility that defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface of a mirror, and emerges into a previously-unknown world that exists on the other side. Written by Anonymous

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No one can survive becoming a legend. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for moments of strong violence, a graphic sex scene and some language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Cree

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 645,423 (Germany), 10 January 1996, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$104,649, 12 May 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,037,847
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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William Blake and Nobody come upon a trading post tent. When Nobody walks down the hill towards the tent, smoke from the chimney is blowing towards him, but when the camera angle changes, it's blowing away from him. See more »

Quotes

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Train Fireman: Look out the window. And doesn't this remind you of when you were in the boat, and then later than night, you were lying, looking up at the ceiling, and the water in your head was not dissimilar from the landscape, and you think to yourself, "Why is it that the landscape is moving, but the boat is still?"
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Magical trip to demise
11 December 2002 | by irene sSee all my reviews

What a movie!... didn't want to see it at first.. But, then, when it begins, you take the trip with Blake to the big sea.

So beatiful pictures, such poetry in every single one of them. Hypnotic black and white scenes, still and vast nature, music that takes you down the other side.

It's the unconsious trip of one man to death, slowly descending to another level, deeper into nature. Or is he already dead and is not aware of it? Rivers, trees, animals and spirits to guide him along the way. This is a trip to self-knowledge, a hallucinational, sweet and slow resignation from needs and senses.

Amazing directing, incredible photography and an also amazing Johnny Depp, sunk in his own visions and thoughts, excellent in his portrayal of a man's abdication to parrallel levels of consiousness.

Thank god there is the indie american film making, that we see such beatiful movies.


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