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Don Juan De Marco [Blu-ray]

Johnny Depp , Marlon Brando , Jeremy Leven    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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You might not get a thrill from the sight of Faye Dunaway and Marlon Brando throwing popcorn into each other's mouths, but that didn't stop this movie from gaining a new lease on life thanks to cable television and home video. It's a quirky romantic comedy about a mental patient (Johnny Depp) who claims to be Don Juan, the world's greatest lover, and he gets quite a few women to believe it's true. Brando plays the psychiatrist who tries to analyze his patient's apparent delusion, and Dunaway plays Brando's wife, who wants to inject some Don Juan-ish romance into their marital routine. Walking a fine line between precious comedy, wistful drama, and delicate fantasy, the movie gets a big dose of charm from its esteemed cast, with Depp delivering dialogue that would have sounded ludicrous from a lesser actor. This may not be a great movie, but it is guaranteed to put you in an amorous mood. --Jeff Shannon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Here's a light, charming little romantic comedy-fantasy from Frances Ford Coppola. A young man (played by Johnny Depp), who says his name is Don Juan Demarco is suffering from delusions that he is Don Juan, the greatest lover in history. With this confident belief in his identity, his looks and his costumes, he successfully seduces every woman he applies his charms to. He eventually gets committed to a mental hospital as a result of a suicide attempt (because his honor was disgraced).
Marlon Brando plays the psychiatrist assigned to his case. He is the best clinician the hospital has ever had. Don Juan thinks Marlon Brando is Don Octavio de Flores, a Spanish nobleman from the same era as the original Don Juan. Marlon Brando plays a very open, warm-fuzzy character, very different from any other role I've seen him in. He is 10 days from retirement. This will be his last patient.
Marlon is intrigued and charmed by the Don Juan's fantasy world and wants to explore it. Marlon's boss, the head of the hospital wants Don Juan put on medication right away. Marlon refuses because he's enjoying the Don Juan's fantasies too much. In their sessions Don Juan talks about his life, all of which is an elaborate fantasy, but all the while he is preaching the romance of seduction, honor and the beauty of women to Marlon.
Don Juan has a Don Quixote like effect on most every one around him. The female nurses fall all over him. Best of all, Marlon Brando adopts Don Juan's philosophy and starts, "Don Juaning," his wife, played by Faye Dunaway. This is all quite a surprise to her. Their long-cold relationship comes alive. He takes her to romantic dinners, buys her diamond earrings, buys flowers, and on and on. He tells his wife of 32 years that he wants to her to know her!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It sings? (sigh) July 19 2004
Format:DVD
There are 2 movies, other than The Godfather, Streetcar Named Desire and The Contender, for which I want to remember Marlon Brando: A Bedtime Story and Don Juan de Marco. How many comedies has he made? In Don Juan de Marco, I enjoyed watching him be part of an ensemble cast, which has never really been his modus operandi on other sets. As much as he derided acting as a profession, his performance in this movie seemed to argue that he still liked doing it.

It is a very funny, sexy flight of notions about fantasy and reality, much like Harvey starring Jimmy Stewart did decades ago. Johnny Depp, Brando, Faye Dunaway and company, to paraphrase a line from the movie, really have a way of putting the story in touch with what is real. With Mexican ballads and exotic settings, Don Juan is like a male Sheherazad, buying time and confounding the truth. As a lovesick worshipper of romance, he asks why we even bother to call it love any more in a modern world rushing past emotion for the carrots at the end of the stick in our lives.

Just an aside, in the commentary for The Usual Suspects, the director mentioned that, after the filming of a street scene, Gabriel Bryne and company heard that Don Juan de Marco was filming at a location near there. The whole set was reputed to be filled with nude women bathing. They all rushed over to check it out. I tell this story to my guy friends who are quick to dismiss it on the grounds that it is a chick flick. It got the Usual Suspects anecdote of approval. They might argue that all the beautiful nude and/or scantily clad women would have made them watch, but they are acting like Rocco, the male nurse in the hospital Ð I mean at Don Octavio de FloresÕ villa, and you know what happened to Rocco Ð if not watch this movie.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A stellar cast in a bad movie July 12 2004
Format:VHS Tape
With the recent death of legendary Marlon Brando, I've been watching his films lately as my own way of paying respects. Brando's talent was near genius that almost none can surpass. Oh sure, there are a handful of actors in certain roles who are as good or better as he was. However, the overall quality of acting in each of Brando's films, taken collectively, is unsurpassed. Johnny Depp is one of, if perhaps the only, actor of this generation who could maybe eclipse Brando. That they were friends solidifies this premise.
That said, I was so excited to see Brando, Depp, Dunaway, and Selena (albeit in a very small singing part) together in one film. But I must say, after watching it, I was disappointed. It wasn't Depp's accent (he did convincingly well) but the plot - if you want to call it - that was a big let-down. Brando is sweet and charming; Dunaway is beautiful as ever; and, of course, Depp is ultra suave and sexy as Don Juan. The movie starts off kinda cute, you wonder where it's going to go, and then - boom! The let-down. What was the point of this movie? I just didn't get it. Was it lust or love? Even if it was either or, I just came away thinking, "Who cares?"
If it weren't for the phenomenal actors, this film wouldn't have made a pile of beans. What a flop and a disappointment.
Well, there is just one more thing I'll admit that is good about this flick: the theme song. Bryan Adams' "Have you ever really loved a woman" is a most beautiful love song and it will remain my favorite. It ties in well with the movie with its Latin guitar strings.
The music and the actors themselves make for this movie, but the storyline is disappointing and disbelievable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don Juan
Wonderfully warm, though provoking movie.
At any age or or size Marlon Brando is fabulous.
The dance scene at the end it worth the price!
Published 9 months ago by Lynn M. Goruk
5.0 out of 5 stars fanTASTIC
what a great film. just fantastic. loved it. very very glad i bought it and not sure where else i would've been able to except on amazon! Read more
Published 11 months ago by westcoast21
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Service
Received the item quickly. Have not watched it yet but feel the item will be in good shape (bought used). Great Service!
Published on July 19 2012 by Skarlite
5.0 out of 5 stars Débile !
Je m'adresse ici aux femmes : Un bon film à écouter avec des sucreries et une ou plusieurs amies de filles en option. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2011 by Véronique
1.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for the movie ONE star for the dvd
i HATE it when these dvds SAY the video transfer is anamorphic enhanced for 16:9 displays, only to find out it is actually 4:3 letterboxed. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2011 by Paul Shikata
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Johnny at his most magnetic
I think I`ve written that line before... But who cares? This is a well written, amusing piece of entertainment.... You`ll love the interplay between Brando and Depp... Read more
Published on July 12 2004 by Henning Sebastian Jahre
5.0 out of 5 stars Why mess with love?
It's hard for me to even begin to describe how this movie made me feel. First of all, I got it as a gift from my boyfriend and I knew he'd really liked it so I was looking forward... Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by I. Gutierrez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is MAGIC!
Some reviews I've read are by people who are either too young to know what love is or too immature to "get the point" of the the film. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Katie O
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Questions
A must have for all Johnny Depp fans! He makes you melt! His acting is amazing! Remember there are only four questions that matter in life and the answer to them all is Johnny... Read more
Published on June 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars watch it with your man/woman (it's even better)
Aside from really liking Johnny Depp who plays the perfect romantic, this movie is adorable, filled with love, humour, poetic dreaminess and dramatic flair. Read more
Published on June 12 2004 by Beepsie
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