Dead Man

Dead Man

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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, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [c2000?].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780788825613
0788825615
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE WESTERN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approx. 121 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Dead man (Motion picture)

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patch666
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

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TheeAvebury
Apr 06, 2017

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.

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redwig
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.

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lukasevansherman
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.

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tinahadden60639
Apr 09, 2014

I couldn't get this movie to play

kkgreene Feb 04, 2014

for depp, unbelievably boring

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Laurenta
Aug 12, 2013

Excellent movie--Good acting, great cameos (Robert Mitchem, Iggy Pop...), awesome music score by Neil Young (the staff went to one of his concerts during the filming), beautiful scenery, neat look at NW AmInd culture, and of course the William Blake poetry.

historian1 Jul 12, 2013

I prefer Johnny Depp's William Blake to his Tonto. This 1995 film has everything you could ask for - Jim Jarmusch, Mr. Depp, Gary Farmer, Neil Young's score, a train, and, best of all, the poetry of William Blake. Love it.

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shlby69m
Jul 03, 2013

Funny, interesting, kinda trippy, worth the time.

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Monolith
May 21, 2012

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

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Monolith
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."

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Monolith
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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