Dead Man (Criterion Collection) R

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Dead Man (Criterion Collection)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: April 24, 2018
  • Originally Released: 1995
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: New Q&A in which Jarmusch responds to questions sent in by fans
    • Rarely seen footage of Neil Young composing and performing the film's score
    • New interview with actor Gary Farmer
    • New readings of William Blake poems by members of the cast, including Mili Avital, Alfred Molina, and Iggy Pop, accompanied by Jarmusch's location-scouting photos
    • New selected-scene audio commentary by production designer Bob Ziembicki and sound mixer Drew Kunin
    • Deleted scenes
    • Color photos from the film's production
    • Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , , , , , , , &
Performer: , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
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Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I'm not dead."
  - William Blake (Johnny Depp), to Nobody (Gary Farmer)
"The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn from the crow."
  - Nobody, to William Blake
"That's terrible."--Big George (Billy Bob Thornton)
"It's horrible."--Sally (Iggy Pop)
"Terrible is what it is."
  - Big George
"By God, I'm hit. Lord have mercy. Burns like hellfire! You son of a bitch. I'm gonna have to kill somebody now."
  - Big George

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 51


User Ratings: 55,366
...Striking black-and-white camera work...
Rolling Stone
May 30, 1996
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Even if it accomplishes little else, Dead Man will almost certainly inspire thought and discussion. Full Review
Nov 8, 2018
...DEAD MAN looks beautiful....Neil Young's soundtrack has many moments of great beauty...
Sight and Sound
Jul 1, 1996
Rating: 4/10 -- In this movie, Jarmusch displays an uncanny knack of having absolutely nothing happening on the screen for long periods of time, fading to black, and then coming back with still more nothing. Full Review
Laramie Movie Scope
Nov 8, 2018
...Hilarious, silly, facetious, violent, mystical....DEAD MAN is finally a poignant lament for the cursed coming of the white man to the West...
Los Angeles Times
Apr 15, 1996
The film's pleasures are simply too elusive and mild to make up for a lack of narrative propulsion. Full Review
Nov 8, 2018
The landscape outside and the passengers inside become wilder and woollier with every weary mile. Full Review
Washington Post
Nov 8, 2018

Product Description:

In bringing his distinct vision to the Western genre, writer-director Jim Jarmusch has created a quasi-mystical avant-garde drama that remains a deeply spiritual viewing experience. After losing his parents and fiancée, a Cleveland accountant named William Blake (a remarkable Johnny Depp) spends all his money and takes a train to the frontier town of Machine in order to work at a factory. Upon arriving in Machine, he is denied his expected job and finds himself a fugitive after murdering a man in self-defense. Wounded and helpless, Blake is befriended by Nobody (Gary Farmer), a wandering Native American who considers him to be a ghostly manifestation of the famous poet. Nobody aids Blake in his flight from three bumbling bounty hunters, preparing him for his final journey--a return to the world of the spirits.

Jarmusch once again employs the beautifully contrasted black-and-white photography of Robby Müller, which sets a poetic, dreamy mood. He also fades in and out of scenes in order to better reflect Blake's dazed, weak mental state. Adding an even greater depth to the film is Neil Young's haunting score, which completes the overall effect. DEAD MAN stands firmly as a timeless work of art whose impact only increases upon subsequent viewings.

Plot Synopsis:

Independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch reaches a new plateau in his career with this poetic anti-Western. DEAD MAN follows William Blake (no, not the famous poet), an innocent young man who travels out west in order to find employment but ends up a wounded fugitive on the run from ruthless bounty hunters. Partnered with a spiritual Native American named Nobody, Blake begins to morph into the outlaw that he is mistakenly considered to be. Jarmusch's profound drama features a wonderful performance by Johnny Depp, as well as a moving score by Neil Young.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: May 10, 1996.
  • DEAD MAN premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1995.
  • Segments of the film were shot on location in a national forest in Sedona as well as the Peaks Ranger Districts, Arizona.
  • DEAD MAN is dedicated to the memory of Dick Pfeiffer and Paul D. O'Brien.
  • The two marshals that appear in the film are named Lee and Marvin, in tribute to Lee Marvin, the great Western actor.
  • This film was one of Robert Mitchum's final screen appearances before his death in 1997.
  • Steve Buscemi makes an uncredited appearance as a bartender.

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