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Dead Man

The original theatrical poster
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Produced by Demetra J. MacBride
Written by Jim Jarmusch
Starring Johnny Depp
Gary Farmer
Lance Henriksen
Music by Neil Young
Cinematography Robby Muller
Editing by Jay Rabinowitz
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) May 26, 1995 (Cannes Film Festival premiere)
Running time 121 min.
Language English
Budget $9,000,000 (est.)
IMDb profile

Dead Man is a 1995 film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop, Michael Wincott, Lance Henriksen, and Robert Mitchum (in his final role). The movie is something of a Modern Western, with many twisted elements of the Western. The film is black-and-white. Image File history File links DeadManPoster. ... Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio) is a noted American independent film director. ... Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio) is a noted American independent film director. ... Johnny Depp (born John Christopher Depp II[2] on June 9, 1963) is an Academy Award-nominated and SAG Awards-winning American actor. ... Gary Farmer (born June 12, 1953, in Ohsweken, Ontario) is a First Nations actor of the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Neil Percival Young[1] OM (born November 12, 1945, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and film director. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Image:The Current Miramax type in 2003 “Miramax” redirects here. ... May 26 is the 146th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (147th in leap years). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cannes Film Festival logo. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Jim Jarmusch Jim Jarmusch (born January 22, 1953 in Akron, Ohio) is a noted American independent film director. ... Johnny Depp (born John Christopher Depp II[2] on June 9, 1963) is an Academy Award-nominated and SAG Awards-winning American actor. ... Gary Farmer (born June 12, 1953, in Ohsweken, Ontario) is a First Nations actor of the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan. ... Billy Bob Thornton (born William Robert Thornton on August 4, 1955) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, actor, as well as occasional director, playwright and singer. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... // Born on January 21, 1958[1], in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wincott was raised in Scarborough, Canada which is a suburb of Toronto. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor and singer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... i like western films The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... Black-and-white or black and white) can refer to a general term used in photography, film, and other media (see black-and-white). ...

Contents

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

During the time of the American Old West, an accountant named William Blake travels by train to the frontier town of Machine. When he arrives, he finds that the job he expected to receive has already been taken. The company's owner, John Dickinson, drives him away with a shotgun. Jobless and bankrupt, Blake meets Thel, who sells paper flowers. While they are in bed together, Thel's boyfriend Charlie confronts Thel and attempts to shoot Blake. Thel shields him with her body, but the bullet passes through her and hits Blake. The wounded Blake kills Charlie with Thel's gun and flees. The cowboy, the quintessential symbol of the American Old West, circa 1887. ...


In a forest, Blake awakes to find Nobody, a large Native American man, attempting to dislodge the bullet from his chest. Nobody concludes that the bullet is too close to Blake's heart, and will eventually kill him. When Blake introduces himself, Nobody becomes excited, mistaking him for the poet of the same name. Nobody confesses that he was captured and educated by white men in his youth, and has developed a love for Blake's poetry. Nobody takes the doomed Blake as a companion in his travels, telling Blake that his poetry will now be "written in blood". Meanwhile, Dickinson, who was Charlie's father, hires three infamous bountry hunters to kill Blake and, more importantly, recover the horse Blake stole. William Blake in an 1807 portrait by Thomas Phillips. ...


Blake and Nobody travel the countryside and periodically clash with the violent and bigoted people they meet. One of Dickinson's bounty hunters, Cole Wilson, is revealed to be a cannibalistic psychopath, and kills his two compatriots when they irritate him. Dickinson grows impatient and spreads wanted posters of Blake, drawing more bounty hunters. Blake is wounded again during a shootout, and his condition rapidly deteriorates. Wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth and accomplices for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. ...


Nobody takes the dying Blake to a Makah village and convinces the tribe to give him a ship burial. Nobody puts Blake into a canoe and bids him farewell. As he floats away, Blake watches Cole Wilson sneak up behind Nobody. Nobody turns and they fatally shoot each other. Blake gazes up into the sky for a time before closing his eyes as his canoe floats away. A Makah woman. ... Ship burial of Igor the Old in 945, depicted by Heinrich Semiradski (1845-1902). ...

Spoilers end here.

Cast

William Blake and Nobody.
William Blake and Nobody.
  • Johnny Depp as William Blake, a meek accountaint from Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Gary Farmer as Nobody, a strong and opinionated Native American who was forcibly raised by whites and later given the mocking name "He Who Talks Loud, Says Nothing" by fellow natives.
  • Crispin Glover as Train Fireman, a coal-covered train worker who welcomes Blake to the "hell" of Machine.
  • Robert Mitchum as Mr. Dickinson, a shotgun-toting industrialist in Machine.
  • Mili Avital as Thel Russell, a young woman who makes and sells paper flowers.
  • Gabriel Byrne as Charlie Dickinson, Thel's ex-boyfriend and John Dickinson's son.
  • Lance Henriksen as Cole Wilson, an infamous bounty hunter and cannibal
  • Michael Wincott as Conway Twill, a talkative bounty hunter
  • Eugene Byrd as Johnny "The Kid" Pickett, a young African-American bounty hunter.
  • Iggy Pop as Salvatore "Sally" Jenko, a cross-dressing, bible-reading psychopath at a campsite
  • Billy Bob Thornton as Big George Drakoulious, a mountain man at Sally's campsite
  • Jared Harris as Benmont Tench, a knife-toting member of Sally's company
  • Alfred Molina as Trading Post Missionary, a corrupt missionary and businessman.
  • Gibby Haynes as Man with Gun in Alley

Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 454 pixelsFull resolution (942 × 535 pixel, file size: 75 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Screenshot from the film Dead Man, taken by me. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 454 pixelsFull resolution (942 × 535 pixel, file size: 75 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Screenshot from the film Dead Man, taken by me. ... Johnny Depp (born John Christopher Depp II[2] on June 9, 1963) is an Academy Award-nominated and SAG Awards-winning American actor. ... Cleveland redirects here. ... Gary Farmer (born June 12, 1953, in Ohsweken, Ontario) is a First Nations actor of the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan. ... Crispin Hellion Glover (born April 20, 1964) is a multifaceted American artist. ... Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor and singer. ... Mili Avital Mili Avital (Hebrew:מילי אביטל) (born 30 March 1972) is an Israeli actress. ... Gabriel Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... // Born on January 21, 1958[1], in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wincott was raised in Scarborough, Canada which is a suburb of Toronto. ... Eugene Byrd is an actor. ... James Newell Osterberg, Jr. ... Billy Bob Thornton (born William Robert Thornton on August 4, 1955) is an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, actor, as well as occasional director, playwright and singer. ... Liver-Eating Johnson The Mountain Men is also the name of a 1980 movie starring Charlton Heston. ... Jared Harris (born 24 August 1961, in London, UK) is a British actor of Irish and Welsh descent. ... Molina as Dr. Octopus in Spiderman 2 (2004) Alfred Molina (born May 24, 1953) is an English actor. ... member of ButtHole Surfers. ...

References to William Blake

There are numerous references to the poetry of William Blake in the film. Nobody quotes lines from several of Blake's poems, including "Auguries of Innocence" and "The Everylasting Gospel". When Cole Wilson warns against drinking from standing water, it references the Proverb of Hell, "Expect poison from standing water", from Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Thel's name is also a reference to Blake's The Book of Thel. William Blake in an 1807 portrait by Thomas Phillips. ... Auguries of Innocence is a poem written by William Blake that contains a series of paradoxes which speak of innocence juxtaposed with evil and corruption. ... The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is one of William Blakes books, a series of texts written in imitation of biblical books of prophecy, but expressing Blakes own intensely personal Romantic and revolutionary beliefs. ... The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is one of William Blakes books, a series of texts written in imitation of biblical books of prophecy, but expressing Blakes own intensely personal Romantic and revolutionary beliefs. ... The Book of Thel is a poem by William Blake, dated 1789 and probably worked on in the period 1788 to 1790. ...


Portrayal of Native Americans

This film is generally regarded as being extremely well-researched in regard to Native American culture.[1]


Dead Man is also notable as one of the rather few films about Native Americans to be directed by a Non-Native and offer a nuanced and considerate details of the individual differences between Native American tribes, and furthermore free of common stereotypes. There are untranslated passages in several Native American Languages, and Jarmusch included several in-jokes aimed at Native American viewers, or at least those with a fluent knowledge of the languages used.[citation needed] In modern usage, a stereotype is a simplified mental picture of an individual or group of people who share a certain characteristic (or stereotypical) qualities. ... Native American languages are the indigenous languages of the Americas, spoken by Native Americans from the southern tip of South America to Alaska and Greenland. ...


Response

In its theatrical release, Dead Man earned about $1 million for a budget of $9 million.[2] It is the most expensive of Jarmusch's films, due to the expense of black-and-white film processing, and the costs of ensuring accurate period detail.


Critical responses were mixed. Roger Ebert gave the film one-and-a-half stars (out of four stars maximum), noting "Jim Jarmusch is trying to get at something here, and I don't have a clue what it is".[3] Desson Howe and Rita Kempley, both writing for the Washington Post, offered largely negative appraisals.[4] Greil Marcus, however, mounted a spirited defense of the film, titling his review "Dead Again: Here are 10 reasons why 'Dead Man' is the best movie of the end of the 20th century."[5] Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum called it "as exciting and as important as any new American movie I've seen in the 90s"[6] and went on to write a book on the film, entitled Dead Man (ISBN 0-85170-806-4) published by the British Film Institute. The film scored a 'Fresh' 71% rating on website Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize winning American film critic. ... ... Greil Marcus (2006) Greil Marcus (born 1945) is an American author, music journalist and cultural critic. ... Jonathan Rosenbaum is the main film critic for the Chicago Reader. ... The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Soundtrack

Main article: Dead Man (soundtrack)

Dead Man is the soundtrack to the 1995 Jim Jarmusch western-themed film of the same name starring Gary Farmer and Johnny Depp as William Blake. ...

In other media

Gary Farmer makes a cameo appearance as Nobody in Jim Jarmusch's subsequent film Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, in which he repeats one of his signature lines of dialog, "Stupid fucking white man." Gary Farmer (born June 12, 1953, in Ohsweken, Ontario) is a First Nations actor of the Cayuga Nation and Wolf Clan. ...


See also

  • List of recent films in black-and-white

Since the mid-1960s, feature films have been filmed almost exclusively in color. ...

References

  1. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (2000). Dead Man. London: Cromwell Press. ISBN 0-85170-806-4
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112817/business
  3. ^ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19960628/REVIEWS/606280301/1023
  4. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/style/longterm/movies/videos/deadman.htm
  5. ^ http://www.salon.com/ent/feature/1999/12/02/deadman/index.html?CP=SAL&DN=110
  6. ^ http://www.chicagoreader.com/movies/archives/0696/06286.html
  • Dead Man by Gino Moliterno
  • Tubutis, Todd J., "Filming a Makah Village for Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man." Unpublished master's thesis. University of British Columbia, 1998.

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