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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

Writers:

Gregory McDonald (novel), Paul McCudden (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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:

O Bravo See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (DeLuxe Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Aziz Ghazal, manager of USC film school's equipment room, optioned the novel in 1992 and got the producers to convince Touchstone to let him make his directorial debut with the film. However, before production began, Ghazal bludgeoned his wife and 13-year-old daughter to death, and went missing in late 1993. Touchstone backed out. A month later, Ghazal's body was discovered by hikers in a secluded area south of Mt. San Jacinto in Riverside County. It was determined he had committed suicide, shooting himself with a .380 caliber pistol. A note was found inside his abandoned car that read "You can never know the pain you caused me" as well as a copy of The Brave. The producers later went to Depp, who liked the concept but not the script, which he rewrote with his brother and made his own directorial debut with it. See more »

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Quotes

Larry: I guess we will see you in the movies, Tonto.
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Sleep Walk
Written by Santo Farina (as S. Farina), Johnny Farina (as J. Farina), Ann Farina (as A. Farina)
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Good story but weak way of telling it
4 April 2011 | by PeterRoederSee all my reviews

I agree with those that say, that this is a good story. It's like a Twilight Zone episode. In the beginning, one is intrigued and guessing what will happen but then that breaks down, and it doesn't seem to be fantasy anymore. It just seems like we don't really believe in the story or the characters anymore. Why would any of them act like that? Seriously, I really think Rod Serling could have gotten some great stuff out of this, apparently, Hostel-like story and setup. The subject of snuff-movies is an epic theme, but this way of telling the story is just so weak that we lose interest. Still it is a lot more interesting than the average movie, and clearly Johhny Depp is a talented director but he should really have thought some more about creating some excitement in this story.


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