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The Brave (1997)

A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to "star" as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his poverty stricken family.

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Johnny Depp

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Raphael
Marlon Brando ... McCarthy
Marshall Bell ... Larry
Elpidia Carrillo ... Rita
Frederic Forrest ... Lou Sr.
Clarence Williams III ... Father Stratton
Max Perlich ... Lou Jr.
Luis Guzmán ... Luis
Cody Lightning ... Frankie
Nicole Mancera Nicole Mancera ... Marta
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Papa
Pepe Serna ... Alessandro
Lupe Ontiveros ... Maria
Alexis Cruz ... Heyman
Chuck E. Weiss Chuck E. Weiss ... Whizzy
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An unemployed alcoholic Native American Indian lives on a trailer park with his wife and two children. Convinced that he has nothing to offer this world, he agrees to be tortured to death by a gang of rednecks in return for $50,000. Written by Duncan Shine <shine@telecall.co.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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California, USA See more »

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Dolby

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Color (DeLuxe Color)

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1.85 : 1
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2 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Brave, The (1997)

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Johnny Depp's directorial debut is a film I've been dying to see since I first heard about it back around 1996. In the film Depp plays an American Indian who can't get a job due to being a drunk and this doesn't leave much of a future for his wife and two children. Somehow he is introduced to a man (Marlon Brando) who offers his $50,000 to be tortured and killed in a snuff film. With no other future in site the man takes the job. There's been all sorts of reasons why this film was never released in America. I've heard stories of Depp being mad at American critics who trashed the film in Cannes and I've heard the storyline was just too depressing for release here. I think the real reason is that the film is simply a piece of junk. Since Depp was director, star and co-writer he certainly has to take the majority of the blame. The film has a terrific storyline but he doesn't do a thing with it and in the end the film is simply a mess. Everyone delivers their lines at such a slow and drawn out way that had they sped it up just 1% then I'm sure the film would have lost an hour of its running time. The performances are also dull and that includes Brando. I might sound like George here but this film has gotten a lot of great reviews from fans but to me it sounds like people love this film just because it has a foreign, non-Hollywood feel to it. Add in the fact that he didn't get released and they seem to be hailing this as some sort of masterpiece that "normal folks" can't "get". I think Depp is an incredibly talented guy but you wouldn't know it by watching this film.


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