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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 New Casper Cartoon Show (1963) See more »


Silly Love
Written by Daniel Johnston
Performed by Daniel Johnston
Published by Eternal Yip Eye Music (BMI)
Administered by BUG Music Publishing
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Documentary Masterpeace
16 February 2005 | by hareckSee all my reviews

I saw this little gem at the Berlinale film festival in Berlin, with the director and the producer present. It is about the life and work of Daniel Johnston, a US singer/songwriter/painter with a manic depressive condition. In opposite to the director and many of the people participating in the movie, I do not regard Daniel Johnston as a genius, but he still is a very interesting character, and some of his songs and paintings are very moving. The film is very well done, quite uplifting and entertaining, with a big love for the main character and at the same time a nice and unoffensive sense of humor. I definitely recommend it, whether you are a fan of Daniel Johnstion or not. 9 out of 10.

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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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