Don Juan DeMarco (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Don Juan DeMarco (BD)
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Johnny Depp's performance as Don Juan de Marco, the world's greatest lover is utterly golden. That alone would be enough to make watching this movie worthwhile. It's so great because it takes everyone in (including the rest of the characters) as mere unbelieving human nature (and we are, most of the time, we gotta admit it) and throughout the story has us doubting whether he might or might not be who he says he is. Not only that, he has us believing in love by the end of the movie, truly believing. The love between Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway is priceless and only increased and cherished by every viewer as the movie goes on and still after it's long since finished.
Ok, so it's not likely to happen in real life anytime soon that you'll encounter the world's greatest lover (or that he'll look as cute as Mr. Depp) but it did do something for my beliefs about love. You work at it years and years to nurture it and make it grow, you treasure it and as Mr. Brando does with Johnny, you leave well enough alone, love is too beautiful to mess with it. You "get" love, that's what it truly is about.
Great performances, wonderful story...see it now!
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Can't stop watching this movie. My favourite J. Depp movie.Published 4 months ago by FERNANDO REYES
Now I remember why I loved this movie so much when I first saw it. Funny, sweet, touching, And full of surprising twists. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fran C
A little risqué in places ... But what a performance by all ! Great story and message !Published 6 months ago by J
Merveilleux film rendant hommage à l'imaginaire humain. Johnny Depp fantastique.Published 20 months ago by Guillaume Tell
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!
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 morePublished on Oct. 10 2013 by westcoast21
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
Je m'adresse ici aux femmes : Un bon film à écouter avec des sucreries et une ou plusieurs amies de filles en option. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2011 by Véronique