Dead Man

Dead Man

DVD - 2000
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A young man in search of a fresh start embarks on an exciting journey to a new town never realizing the danger that lies ahead. But when a heated love triangle ends in double murder, he finds himself a wanted man running scared until a mysterious loner teaches him to face the dangers that follow a "dead man."
Publisher: Burbank, Calif : Miramax Home Entertainment : Buena Vista Pictures Distribution : Lionsgate, [2000]
ISBN: 9780788825613
Branch Call Number: DVD DEAD MA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately121 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 15, 2019

I thank the library systems of the world. I doubt I would have stumbled across or wanted to rent or buy this film otherwise. THe Library allowed me to see the snappiest of Independant movie style. Great for western enthusiasts and shaman creatures as well.

Sep 23, 2018

This 1995 drama and fantasy film stars Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, Gary Farmer, John Hurt, and more. This old themed black and white Western film is about a man who commits murder, and then must go on the run until he meets a North American man that is willing to aid him in his transition to the spiritual world. The movie had some pretty good acting and luckily didn’t suffer too much for its black and white appearance, however, a lot of the scenes just felt boring and it sometimes even felt like there was no point to the film. I would rate this movie 3/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

May 17, 2018

I stand corrected - I previously thought that all Jim Jarmusch movies sucked.
But I really liked this one. The extras were really interesting, too.

Apr 13, 2018

multi-level movie...including many humorous lines if you are paying attention.
Loved the atmospheric guitar soundtrack, which turned out to be Neil Young.

Feb 20, 2018

This is a very interesting and thought provoking film. The movie was shot in black and white, which adds an old fashioned vibe, but more importantly strips away the traditional beauty of color and adds a different kind of ethereal beauty. There are different elements at work here as well: drama, tragedy, even some buddy comedy in the interactions between William Blake and Nobody, two outcasts from their respective societies. Each character is a strong individual who work together and keep the story going to its conclusion. The brief but effective cameos from John Hurt and Crispin Glover add to the movie as well, with Glover's train fireman acting as a Charon from Greek mythology, bringing him to the underworld of Machine.
Like I said this movie makes you wonder, in a good way. Multiple viewings are recommended.

Jun 30, 2017

Great film > Depp is awesome as "William Blake " Neil Youngs guitar soundtrack is epic !!!! great photography and pace. 420 Jaramusch only film that I love

Jun 28, 2016

Sublime. You will either get it, or you won't.

Marinetti Aug 05, 2015

Excellent Jarmusch flic- his deadpan, arthouse take on the Western is both gorgeous and slyly funny. I think this is one of his best films, and it has a great, hypnotic score by Neil Young.

Jul 31, 2014

I saw this years ago and thought it was pretentious, slow, and boring. And seeing it again, it still is those things, but it's also one of the more idiosyncratic, eccentric takes on the western, a genre that has been in decline for decades, but saw a minor revival in the 90s. Jarmusch brings his usual off-kilter approach to this most American of genres and it is refreshing to see Native American characters treated seriously and the masculine violence inherent in westerns shown as sick. Johnny Depp plays the cipher called William Blake, who goes on a kind of Odyssey, accompanied by a Native American named Nobody, encountering bounty hunters, cannibals, psychotic Christians, and more. It's one of the few psychedelic westerns out there. The amazing cast includes John Hurt, Lance Henriksen, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, Gabriel Byrne, and Robert Mitchum in his last role. One of the weirdest films of the 90s. Music by Neil Young.

Apr 09, 2014

I couldn't get this movie to play

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May 21, 2012

Benmont Tench: "Who are you travelin' with?" William Blake: "Um... Nobody."

May 21, 2012

Big George: "You know I just, I can't drink whiskey like I usetacould. My old belly just ain't no count. I get the sh*ts every time don't you know."

May 21, 2012

Nobody: "Every night and every morn, some to misery are born. Every morn and every night, some are born to sweet delight. Some are born to sweet delight; some are born to endless night."

micky93 Mar 25, 2012

"Do you have any tobacco?"

micky93 Mar 25, 2012

"Look out the window. And doesn't this remind you of when you're in the boat? And later that night, you're lying here, looking up at the ceiling. And the water in you're head is nothing similar to the landscape, and you ask yourself: Why is it that the landscape is moving, but the boat is still?"


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micky93 Mar 25, 2012

Jim Jarmusch directed this brilliant, up-to-date western. Dead Man circles around William Blake (Johnny Depp), a timid accountant who travels to a western town in search of a job, but is later involved in a love triangle that ends deadly. Soon, a wealthy industrialist (Robert Mitchum in his last performance) whose son was killed in the triangle sends three professional, but dysfunctional bounty hunters to go after Blake.
Meanwhile, while on the run, Blake meets a wise Native American who calls himself Nobody, and who mistakes Blake for the poet William Blake. While on their journey (to where we don't know up until the end), Nobody ends up teaching Blake the ways of the "dead man."


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