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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai ()


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An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.

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Ghost Dog
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Louie
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Sonny Valerio
Dennis Liu ...
Chinese Restaurant Owner
Frank Minucci ...
Big Angie
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Handsome Frank
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Louise Vargo
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Ray Vargo
Gene Ruffini ...
Old Consigliere
Frank Adonis ...
Valerio's Bodyguard
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Vinny
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Young Ghost Dog
Kenny Guay ...
Boy in Window
Vince Viverito ...
Johnny Morini
Gano Grills ...
Gangsta in Red
Touché Cornel ...
Gangsta in Red
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Gangsta in Red
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Mugger
Yan Ming Shi ...
Kung-Fu Master
Vinny Vella ...
Sammy the Snake (as Vinnie Vella)
Joseph Rigano ...
Joe Rags (as Joe Rigano)
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Punk in Alley
Salvatore Alagna ...
Punk in Alley
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Punk in Alley
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Raymond
Dreddy Kruger ...
MC in blue
Timbo King ...
MC in blue
Clay Da Raider ...
MC in blue
Dead And Stinking ...
MC in blue
Deflon Sallahr ...
MC in blue
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Pearline
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Nobody
Clebert Ford ...
Pigeonkeeper
José Rabelo ...
Rooftop Boatbuilder
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Lefty
Tony Rigo ...
Tony
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Al
Angel Caban ...
Social Club Landlord
Luz Valentin ...
Girl in Silver
Rene Bluestone ...
Club Couple
Jordan Peck ...
Club Couple
Jonathan Teague Cook ...
Bear Hunter (as Jonathan Cook)
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Bear Hunter
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Voice of Scratchy (archiveFootage) (voice)
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Female Sheriff
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Blonde with Jaguar
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Samurai in Camouflage (as The RZA)
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Accountant (scenesDeleted)
Paul Diomede ...
Young Gangster (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jim Jarmusch

Written by

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Jim Jarmusch ... (written by)

Produced by

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Richard Guay ... producer
Jim Jarmusch ... producer
Diana Schmidt ... co-producer

Music by

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RZA

Cinematography by

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Robby Müller

Film Editing by

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Jay Rabinowitz

Editorial Department

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Jennifer Apel ... assistant editor
Héctor Cordero ... apprentice editor
Tony Grocki ... first assistant editor
Ricardo Olivero ... color timer
Catherine Rankin ... negative cutter
John Dowdell ... hd colorist (uncredited)
Peter Phillips ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)

Casting By

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Ellen Lewis
Laura Rosenthal
Jeanne McCarthy ... casting director: Los Angeles (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Ted Berner

Art Direction by

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Mario Ventenilla

Set Decoration by

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Ron von Blomberg ... (as Ronnie Von Blomberg)

Costume Design by

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John Dunn

Makeup Department

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Clifford Booker ... hair stylist (as Cliff Booker)
Judy Chin ... makeup artist
Todd Kleitsch ... assistant special makeup effects
Neal Martz ... special makeup effects artist
Adenike Wright ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Victor De Jesus ... production supervisor
Lonnie Kandel ... production supervisor
Gabrielle Mahon ... post-production supervisor
Diana Schmidt ... unit production manager
Stacey Smith ... post-production supervisor
Karen L. Thorson ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Cindy Craig ... second assistant director
Jude Gorjanc ... first assistant director
Jessica Piscitelli ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Shirley Belwood ... assistant property master
Jeff Butcher ... property master
Nathalie Cassegrain ... art department coordinator (as Nathalie Leslie-Cassergrain)
Bill Cassidy ... key construction grip
Peter DeCurtis ... set dresser (as Pete DeCurtis)
Susan Glod ... second scenic
Mario Herrera ... charge scenic artist
Richard S. Kamin ... construction foreman (as Richard Kamin)
Louis Mucci ... carpenter
Joseph Proscia ... lead man (as Joe Proscia)
Danny Rovira ... construction coordinator
Philip Saccio Jr. ... on-set dresser (as Phil Saccio Jr.)
Philip Saccio ... assistant lead man (as Phil Saccio Sr.)
Jennifer Snoeyink ... scenic
Ken Sperling ... stand-by construction grip
Steve Swanson ... set dresser
Clayton Thomas ... shop production assistant (as Clayton 'Massive' Thomas)
Roman Turovsky ... on-set scenic
Thomas Hocking ... construction grip (uncredited)

Sound Department

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David Boulton ... adr mixer
Jason Canovas ... adr editor
John Chamberlain ... adr recordist
Eric A. Christoffersen ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Anthony J. Ciccolini III ... sound designer (as Chic Ciccolini III) / sound effects editor (as Chic Ciccolini III)
Ryan Collison ... foley artist
Keith Culbertson ... sound re-recordist
Joe Dohner ... foley recordist (as Joseph Dohner)
Jeanne Gilliland ... cable person
Thomas A. Gulino ... dialogue editor
Ann Hadsell ... adr mixer
Drew Kunin ... sound mixer
Kevin Meehan ... boom operator (as Kevin V. Meehan)
Yvette Nabel ... foley editor
Daniel Pagan ... sound effects editor
Alex Raspa ... adr recordist
Lynn Sable ... assistant sound editor
Dominick Tavella ... re-recording mixer (as Dom 'The Dominator' Tavella)
Brian Vancho ... foley artist
John Werner ... assistant sound editor (as John Michael Werner)
Karl Wasserman ... additional sound utility (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Drew Jiritano ... special effects coordinator
John Stifanich ... special effects assistant
Andrew Mortelliti ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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John Furniotis ... optical effects
Don Nolan ... digital and optical effects
Trevor Bajus ... digital artist (uncredited)
Molle DeBartolo ... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
Gray Miller ... title animator (uncredited)
Dave Salter ... animation cameraman (uncredited)
Mark Tureski ... optical effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Norman Douglass ... stunt coordinator
Manny Siverio ... stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chris Beattie ... grip
Katherine M. Butler ... first assistant camera (as Kate Butler)
Christian Carmody ... second assistant camera
Francesca Cobaco ... electrician (as Francesca 'Max' Corbachio)
Jon Delgado ... electrician (as John M. Delgado)
Ray Flynn ... best boy electric
Abbot Genser ... still photographer (as Abbott Genser)
Douglas C. Hart ... first assistant camera (as Doug Hart)
Pedro Hernández ... best boy grip
Chaim Kantor ... camera operator
Tim Kelly ... grip
Gary Lamantia ... camera technician: Wescam camera (as Gary LaMantia)
Scott Maguire ... camera loader
Rick Marroquin ... dolly grip
Gary Martone ... key grip
Michael J. Maurer ... electrician (as Michael Maurer)
Tally Morse ... dolly grip (as Talley Morse)
David Norris ... camera operator: Wescam camera
Sean O'Brien ... grip
Christopher Porter ... gaffer (as Chris Porter)
Rick Raphael ... steadicam operator
Mark Schwentner ... gaffer
Josh Steinberg ... grip
Nicolas L. Charuet ... grip (uncredited)
Chaim Kantor ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Anthony Ortiz ... extras casting (as Anthony 'Dust' Ortiz)
Jessy Terrero ... extras casting
Ulysses Terrero ... extras casting
Blythe Cappello ... casting associate (uncredited)
Gayle Keller ... casting associate (uncredited)
Jeanne McCarthy ... casting: Los Angeles (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kevin Brainerd ... assistant costume designer
David Davenport ... wardrobe supervisor
Amy Habacker ... wardrobe supervisor (as Amy S. Habacker)

Location Management

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Carl Archibald ... location assistant
Ged Dickersin ... location manager
Tom Jarmusch ... location scout
Suk Yi Mar ... assistant location manager
Kevon Murphy ... location assistant
Kate Schultz ... location scout
Demond Stafford ... location assistant
Mimi Turner ... location scout

Music Department

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Jay Rabinowitz ... music editor
Sunz of Man ... soundtrack (uncredited)
Tekitha ... soundtrack (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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John Arena Jr. ... driver
Ralph Astarita ... driver
Tom Buckman Jr. ... driver
Bill Buckman ... driver
Christopher Cilento ... driver (as Chris Cilento)
Danny Houghton ... driver
Joe Irwin ... driver
Bob Lansing ... driver
Leonard Luizzi ... driver (as Lenny Luizzi)
John Lynch Jr. ... driver
Joe Mallon ... driver
George Moran ... driver
John Raffone ... driver
Ed Stewart ... driver
Francis Volpe ... driver (as Francis Volpe Jr.)
Louis Volpe ... transportation captain (as Lou 'Sonny' Volpe)
Ralph Volpe ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

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Cynthia Bauer ... intern
Jesse Bodine ... office production assistant
Brian Cantaldi ... set production assistant
Jen Cox ... payroll accountant
Aaron Douglas ... accountant
Sara Driver ... story consultant
Jennifer Ehman ... intern
Joe Facey ... craft service
Orlando Ferreyra III ... intern
Kathleen Gallagher ... intern
Mara Galus ... set production assistant
Jeff Seymann Gilbert ... intern (as Jeffrey Seymann)
Jill Goldstein ... legal services
Ariel Greene ... intern
Joe Guest ... intern
Tucker Hartsorne ... assistant animal wrangler
Richard Heller ... legal services
Vanessa Jacobs ... assistant production coordinator
Paul Johnson ... security officer
Chiemi Karasawa ... script supervisor
Damon Keller ... intern
Stefanie Koseff ... assistant: Stacey Smith
Brian Lampf ... office production assistant
Susan Lawlor ... production secretary
Nemo Librizzi ... spirit balance
Gabrielle Mahon ... assistant: Richard Guay
Alfredo Martinez ... gun consultant
Steve McAuliff ... animal wrangler
Tony McKray ... security officer
Kelly Mearkle ... office production assistant
Macho Mendez ... security officer
Chris O'Brien ... legwork
David Phillips ... parking coordinator
Jennifer Pietzryh ... set medic
Reid Rosefelt ... publicist
Christa Saredi ... world sales
Harris Smith ... intern
Stacey Smith ... assistant: Jim Jarmusch
Michele Soddano ... assistant accountant
Jim Sotet ... philosophical consultant
Thea St. Omer ... intern
Eliza Thomas ... intern
Daira Torres ... intern
Alfonso Trinidad ... key set production assistant
Dana Wisher ... set production assistant
Heathar Wynne ... set medic
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer (uncredited)
Al Cerullo ... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Michael K. Reynolds ... chef (uncredited)

Thanks

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Akira Kurosawa ... personal thanks
Jean-Pierre Melville ... personal thanks
Mary Shelley ... personal thanks
Bart Walker ... very special thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A hitman who lives by the code of the samurai, works for the mafia and finds himself in their crosshairs when his recent job doesn't go according to plan. Now he must find a way to defend himself and his honor while retaining the code he lives by. Written by Scott Jarreau

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Taglines All assassins live beyond the law... only one follows the code See more »
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Also Known As
  • Ghost Dog, la voie du samouraï (France)
  • Ghost Dog - Der Weg des Samurai (Germany)
  • Ghost Dog, el camino del samurái (Spain)
  • Ghost Dog - Matador Implacável (Brazil)
  • Ghost Dog - Samurajens väg (Sweden)
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Runtime
  • 116 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend France FRF5,895,446, 14 Oct 1999
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $6,072,444

Did You Know?

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Trivia Jim Jarmusch stated in an interview that he wrote the role of Ghost Dog specifically for Forest Whitaker, and if Whitaker hadn't taken the role, the film probably would not have been made. See more »
Goofs Drains have traps, thus making it impossible to shoot someone through them. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Ice-Cream See more »
Crazy Credits The second to last person thanked at the credits' close is Akira Kurosawa--the Japanese filmmaker who filmed one of the Ghost Dog's central texts, Rashomon. See more »
Quotes Ghost Dog: There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.
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