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Johnny (1999)

Johnny, the megalomaniac leader of a group of squeegee kids, finds a video camera and pushes his followers into "acting" out increasingly dangerous "scenes".


Carl Bessai


Carl Bessai

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris William Martin ... Johnny (as Chris Martin)
Gema Zamprogna ... Alice
Kris Lemche ... Sean
Vanessa Shaver Vanessa Shaver ... Dell
Clinton Walker Clinton Walker ... Albert
Rainbow Francks ... Gus (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
Daniel Enright Daniel Enright ... Marcus
Kyra Harper ... Johnny's Mother
Hrothgar Mathews ... Bob
Sabrina Grdevich ... Boutique Clerk
Robert Eaton Robert Eaton ... Hooker Client
Ellen Hitchcock Ellen Hitchcock ... Dell & Alice's Ma
Junior Williams ... Bible Thumper
Bob Kirk Bob Kirk ... Man in Car 3
Hugh Dillon ... Dell and Alice's Dad


The movie "Johnny" is about a homeless group of young people. They think that they are held together by each other's friends, but in the center of their group is the power of "Johnny," the main character who controls them all. He is strong, powerful and - sometimes gentle and loving his followers. At some point, he may encourage them to humiliate themselves, and next time push them to acts of extreme violence against each other, and then do so better, giving a sincere attachment to their members. Johnny is Hitler, Mao, rock star, Charles Manson, and the Messianic martyr. Johnny is the guy who lives with his mother and she so much loves him that she climbs into bed with him. Written by lament

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Release Date:

16 November 1999 (Greece) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Raven West Films Ltd. See more »
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Considered to be the first North American film shot in the style of Dogma 95. See more »

Crazy Credits

Carl Bessai is credited as writer and producer but his director credit is replaced by the statement "(dIRECTOR SHALL NOT BE CREDITED- DOGME 95 VOW #10)". This is done in adherence to the art film movement called Dogma 95. See more »


Followed by Lola (2001) See more »

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Heavy themes, tender moments
30 May 2000 | by GrandSee all my reviews

Johnny (Chris William Martin of "Felicity") is a sociopath, but his charisma is so overwhelming that it is easy to see how easily people can overlook this in a leader. He is strong, powerful, and -- most alarmingly -- tender and loving to his followers. In one moment he may be encouraging them to humiliate themselves, in the next goading them into acts of extreme violence against one another, and then making it all better by bestowing (apparently sincere) affection on his groupies. Johnny is a Hitler, a Mao, a rock star, a Charles Manson, and a messianic martyr rolled into one package. In other environments than the streets, he might have become a politician, an entertainer, a military leader, president of a Yale secret society, or the dark shadow of J. Pierpont Finch, rising from mailroom clerk to corporate command. This is one powerful movie!

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