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Dead Man [Import]

Johnny Depp , Jim Jarmusch    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Was The Reviewer Smoking? Sept. 2 2000
By Big Dog
Format:VHS Tape
How unfair is it that Tim Keogh of the Amazon.Com organization gets to lead off the list of reviews for this movie by stating - "This disappointment from Jim Jarmusch stars Johnny Depp in a mystery Western about a 19th-century accountant named William Blake, who spends his last coin getting to a hellish mud town in Texas and ends up penniless and doom struck in the wilderness." I don't know if Tim was busy stuffing his face with popcorn but he makes three erroneous statements in this first line of his totally off-base review.
1) This movie is not a mystery! 2) Johnny Depp spends his last coin buying whiskey. 3) The "hellish mud town" of Machine is on the West Coast - not Texas. (After all, it would take a while to ride by horseback from Texas to British Columbia where the Coastal Indian Tribes were located).
You may be asking yourself why I take issue with such mundane details? The answer is obvious - to prove the point that Tim Keogh wasn't even watching this movie, and therefore, has no right to review it. Simply put, Dead Man is a cinematic masterpiece! Jim Jarmusch has made a number of strong movies, but Dead Man surpasses the others as a brilliant work of art.
You can see by reading the other reviews that support for Dead Man borders on fanatical. There are few movies that I have watched repeatedly but I continue to see this one over and over again. Everything about the film is different from the conventions of Hollywood mass consumption "fast-film". The story unfolds in a slow and methodical manner and requires much attention on the part of the viewer. If you invest in it, Dead Man will repay you many times over.
If you liked Forrest Gump and The Sixth Sense then you can go see another mindless mainstream movie with Tim Keogh and the majority of the ignorant American public. If you need more than that . . . buy Dead Man. I'll bet you watch it more than once!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLEAK, UNSETTLING & RIVETING Dec 4 2003
I never saw this on the big screen, but after watching the DVD I think it would have been great to hear Neil Young's music coming from all directions and see the brilliant photography on the big screen.
Dead Man, no doubt, will be loathed by some as being meandering and slow. However, I'm one who was thought this was absolutely brilliant. Some would probably describe this as just the story of someone who is fatally injured right at the beginning of the film and spends the rest of the time dying - and they'd be right - but it wouldn't do justice to the amazing acting of all concerned (esp. the bounty hunters - The talkative Michael Wincott - who still manages to keep talking after being shot about 6 times, and the scary, taciturn Lance Henrikson).
Johnny Depp (Bill Blake) yet again proves what a good actor he is, he was totally believable as the accountant who finds himself penniless and adrift in an totally alien world and his slow descent from a "stupid white man" to "killer of white men".
Gary Farmer was excellent as Nobody, an English-educated Indian with a love for Williams Blake's poetry and a desire to see Blake "return" to the spirit world in the proper way. There are also some great parts played by Alfred Molina as the missionary, Iggy Pop, Bill Bob Thornton, Gabriel Byrne, John Hurt etc., all of whom added to the surreal atmosphere.
The black and white photography is magical, the story is bleak, funny, shocking, uplifting and painful in equal parts.
If you like your films full of action and dont want to think too much about the plot - this one is definitely not for you. If you love films that can be interpreted on many levels, with interesting characters, great acting and wonderful photography, you may - just possibly - love this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Favorite of All Time Nov. 16 2005
I had seen this movie several times before I bought it, and I bought it so that I could lend it to friends and then talk to them about it. It's just one of those movies that inspires thoughtful conversation with all of the crazy imagery, dialect and I think the acting is phenomenal from every actor.
Johnny Depp's acting is always good, but in this movie there is something just a little more. His charecter is meant to change through the movie, and I don't know if the viewer is really supposed to pick-up on that, but damn he is good. Case in point, at the beginning of the movie he can barely stand to see a gun, is pretty much useless with a gun, but by then end he is pretty comforatble with one.
I'm tempted to use all 1000 words, but I think I'll just leave it by saying Jim Jarmusch did an absolutely PHENOMENOL job on this movie. This script is A+, the acting is A+ (all around), the sets are A+, and the soundtrack by Neil Young is another A+.
Just buy this movie. If Amazon is charging too much for you, go somewhere else or borrow from a friend - this is one of the RARE movies that could be seen a hundred times and still inspire new thought.
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= a trip for those who has a stomach for real movies
before i wached this movie i never thought that a filmaker could make so naturaly and axepting the trip of a human through death. is written alot about it and mostly they focus about what is going to happen after it happens, but the moment of agony which might be for a human observer a matter of few minuttes , seconds, hours or maybe days we dont find it so often. as Homer at Iliada describe the batlle between Hector and his Nemecis Ackil en careful observer can find the ten moments of the agony of Hector which is killed at the first strike then the rest are the last moments of the victims living with some ilussions produced in his phantassysing agony at the passwaye to death, Jarmusch has describet unicaly all the stages of the trip of a man before passing on the other side of the livings. it is atractive from the first moments when Deep is on the train where the caracters change as the nature itself. starting in the small peacefully towns with relaxte peacefull passengers and with the nature being uncultivated by humans the pasengers which seat near Deep are getting more wild and scary untill he reaches at the heart ot the most canebalestic part of the unknown by the rest of the educated part of society where he is going to make his meeting with death and the trip untill he gets confortable with the idea that he has to leave life behind. in many wayes i thing Jarmusch in the caracter of Deep created a better image of death than Bergman. soundtrack could not been better. one of the best movies of 90-s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review
The music is haunting. Gary Farmer steals the movie even with so many big-name actors in the cast. The script is spartan but effective.
Published 15 months ago by Diran B. Horozian
5.0 out of 5 stars DEAD MAN
Published on Dec 30 2011 by Melissa A. Sword
5.0 out of 5 stars "Machine? That's the end of the line!"
If you aren't an accolylte of Jim Jarmusch (the director of Dead Man), you may find the pace of this film slow and tedious. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2010 by Torval Mork
5.0 out of 5 stars What a movie...
A masterpiece!

I am not a movie freak, and my DVD collection is a very exclusive one.

Jim Jarmusch's movie is a wonderfully troubling one. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2009 by Aurel Sfecla
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Weird
Right up front I'll state that I generally like movies that have well-defined plots, tell a good story, and have a satisfying ending. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2008 by Laura Knight-Jadczyk
4.0 out of 5 stars Now this is a movie
Dead Man is not without it's faults (the main one being it really drags in a couple of places) but it should still be required study for every serious film director. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2006 by SRM
4.0 out of 5 stars JOHNNY LEGEND
Dead Man.... is haunting.... irritating... comic.... mesmerising... all thanks to Johnny Legend(oops), I mean Depp - and a good cast and crew.... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Henning Sebastian Jahre
5.0 out of 5 stars neil young's masterpiece
This is one of my all time favorite films (along with Sweet
Movie and A World Apart -B. Hershey). The music fits this
film perfectly. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Glenn H. Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't let the sun burn a hole in your ass William Blake.."
This movie is incredibly sullen. It's dark -literally and figuratively. Like very few reviewers I found it to be wholesome and complete. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Suketu D. Naik
5.0 out of 5 stars literary symbolism
"Dead Man" is a literary masterpiece full of symbolism. I akin this film to Dante's "Divine Comedy. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by charliejazz9878
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