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The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

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Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.


Jeff Feuerzeig


Jeff Feuerzeig
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Daniel Johnston ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurie Allen Laurie Allen ... Self
Brian Beattie Brian Beattie ... Self
Louis Black ... Self
David Fair David Fair ... Self
Jad Fair Jad Fair ... Self
Don Goede Don Goede ... Self
Matt Groening ... Self
Gibby Haynes ... Self
Sally Johnston Reid Sally Johnston Reid ... Self
Bill Johnston Bill Johnston ... Self
Dick Johnston Dick Johnston ... Self
Mabel Johnston Mabel Johnston ... Self
Margie Johnston Margie Johnston ... Self
Ken Lieck Ken Lieck ... Self


Born January 22, 1961, the late Daniel Johnston began expressing himself through art as a child while doctors struggled to accurately diagnose his unusual behavior. In addition to drawing prolifically, he began using a boombox record curiously stirring songs to cassette tape in high school. Following his brother to Texas, he eventually landed in Austin, working unskilled jobs while continuing to record and self-distribute music to friends and friendly strangers. It was clear to everyone that Daniel was not a typical artist - a disquieting innocence, with references to both light and dark spiritual forces, were evident throughout his work. It was this distinctive voice that compelled local musicians to share his art beyond Austin's city limits, culminating in respected indie musicians like Tom Waits, Beck, and Wilco to either record his songs or reach out to collaborate. Four years in the making, THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON honors the complex artistry of Daniel Johnston while ... Written by Mae Moreno

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content, and language including a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Would visit Starseeds Cafe in Austin and leave drawings on yellow legal pad paper for his favorite friends. See more »


Daniel Johnston: I never met a girl I didn't meet.
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References The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) See more »


Love Will Save Me Somehow
Written by Daniel Johnston
Performed by Daniel Johnston
Published by Eternal Yip Eye Music (BMI)
Administered by BUG Music Publishing
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The Story Of An Artist Or Frankenstien Vs. The World
30 July 2008 | by loganx-2See all my reviews

Wasn't a fan, before this. I was coming in because I heard it was good movie, in of itself, and it is, it's a great, haunting and hilarious documentary. I don't think Daniel Johnston is the greatest living song-writer, but I can see a definite line of influences that can be traced back to his music and sensibilities, that are important enough.

Whether or not you like his music or art, isn't really the point, it's an amazing story, of love, fame, madness, art, religion, family, and community (it takes a village to raise a child, and an small army to keep Johnstn just alive and functioning, not to mention getting his work distributed).

Though in the end it's more bittersweet, than tragic, Jonston's still alive, living with his parents, writing songs to a girl he hasn't seen since college, jamming with kids off the street, and of course, fighting off the devil.

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Release Date:

5 May 2006 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$23,192, 2 April 2006

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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