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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.

Director:

Johnny Depp

Writers:

Gregory McDonald (novel), Paul McCudden (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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The last Marlon Brando movie shot in the USA. His final two works, Free Money (1998) and The Score (2001), were both done in Quebec, Canada. See more »

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Quotes

Father Stratton: You sold your soul!
Raphael: No, father, I sold my body. Like a whore.
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleep Walk
Written by Santo Farina (as S. Farina), Johnny Farina (as J. Farina), Ann Farina (as A. Farina)
Performed by Santo & Johnny
By Arrangement with the RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Promising, Implausible and then Mediocre
14 November 2004 | by Matt_bobcoSee all my reviews

On behalf of the movie-going public with at least a shred of intelligence, I would like to thank Johnny Depp for making this his one-and-only directing effort. What could have been a powerful story was ruined by totally implausible actions on behalf of several characters. Depp's character decides to spend the money paid for his life on a sort of shanty-town fun park, for example, rather than taking down Brando's character and his flunky, and then fleeing somewhere with the cash. Brando was almost painful to watch, it's horrible to see an old actor past his prime. Perhaps it would have been useful to stop trying to make a point and start thinking about what characters would really do. Also, the actions of the priest seem totally wrong. Watch the movie and I'm sure you will agree. The ending was similarly silly, and the only thing making this movie remotely watchable was Johnny Depp's performance. I'll give him, the man can act, though he should leave directing to someone, ANYONE, else.


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Country:

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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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