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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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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 doomstruck in the wilderness. A benevolent if goofy Native American (Gary Farmer) takes an interest in guiding Blake on a quest for identity in his earthly journey, but the film is really just a string of endless shtick about inbred woodsmen, dumb lawmen, and a trio of irritable killers. With Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne, Alfred Molina, and a noodling soundtrack by Neil Young. --Tom Keogh

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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
Format:DVD
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 Review May 28 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too Weird Feb. 15 2008
Format:DVD
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. So, really, this movie wasn't for me (or my husband, who likes movies with positive endings that exemplify the triumph of the human spirit).

However, having said that, I did recognize some unique things about this film that make it stand out (though I wouldn't watch it a second time). There was some fairly innovative camera work, unique stylistic touches, grim realism superimposed on black comedy, and clever caricatures of some of the bizarrest of human behaviors. The result was that, even though the movie was unrelentingly depressing, at the end, all I could say about it was "That was just TOO weird!"

I love Neil Young, and, as some people have noted, his soundtrack was perfect for the "Too Weird" character of this movie. It was grating at times and too loud; but then, that was what was needed.

The "William Blake" theme that ran throughout the movie was another strange touch. Probably most of the people who watch this film will have as little idea who William Blake was as the protagonist. The bizarre experience of seeing a Native American quoting William Blake in the grim wilderness is just - again - Too Weird!

In the end, trying to give credit where it was due, even though it was not to my taste, I have to say that it was truly a unique movie, probably worth watching once just to be able to say "That was TOO Weird!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars DEAD MAN
LOVE JOHNNY DEPP! LOVE WESTERNS! DEAD MAN COMBINES BOTH, STRANGE BUT INTERESTING. DEPP PLAYS HIS NAIVE CHARACTER WELL, SURVIVING HIS SOMETIMES COMICAL WILD WEST ENCOUNTERS WITH... Read more
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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Favorite of All Time
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 2005 by M. Kliewer
5.0 out of 5 stars a trip for those who has a stomach for real movies
= 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... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2005 by genc permeti
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 5 2004 by charliejazz9878
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