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Dead Man

Title: 
Dead Man
Year: 
1995
Film Format: 
dvd
Director: 
Jarmusch, Jim
Language: 
English
Country: 
United States
Genre: 
Western
Actors: 
Johnny Depp, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott
Actors: 
Gary Farmer,
Actors: 
Billy Bob Thornton
Actors: 
Robert Mitchum
Film Reviews: 

A quantum leap by American independent Jim Jarmusch—a hypnotic and beautiful black-and-white western (1995). Johnny Depp plays an accountant from Cleveland named William Blake who travels west with the promise of a job to the infernal town of Machine, only to be told that the job's been taken. After killing a man (Gabriel Byrne) in self-defense and sustaining a mortal bullet wound, Blake is guided toward death by a Native American outcast named Nobody (Gary Farmer) while a trio of bounty hunters and various others try to track him down. This masterpiece is simultaneously a mystical, highly poetic account of dying; a well-researched appreciation of Native American cultures; a frightening portrait of modern American violence and capitalist greed that refuses to traffic in the stylistic alibis of Hollywood; a warm, hilarious depiction of cross-cultural friendship; and a hallucinatory trip across the American wilderness. With Billy Bob Thornton, Mili Avital, John Hurt, and Robert Mitchum (in his last screen performance). R, 120 min.Review By Jonathan Rosenbaum, from The Chicago Reader

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