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Johnny Suede (1992)

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Release Date: Aug 1, 1991 Wide

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Tom DiCillo directed this surrealistic black comedy starring Brad Pitt as Johnny Suede, a young man with an attitude and an immense pompadour, who wants to be a rock n' roll star like his idol Ricky Nelson. He has all the stylistic accouterments, except a pair of black suede shoes. And one night, after leaving a nightclub, like manna from heaven, a pair of black suede shoes falls at his feet. Soon afterwards, the recently completed Johnny meets Darlette (Alison Moir), a sultry bohemian whom he

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Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Aug 30, 2005

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (7) | DVD (5)

Has a lot of appeal and potential, but it's sadly a wasted and utterly terrible experience...

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Pitt's tendency to turn into a space cadet without a well-defined archetype to play slows the movie's pacing to a crawl

January 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A bizarre, idiosyncratic fable that draws on Jarmusch's minimalist style (DiCillo was Jarmusch's lenser) and David Lynch's Erasrerhead.

December 18, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Super odd indie flick with the worst movie hairdo ever, until Bill Murray did Kingpin.

August 1, 2002

Nice try, good style, but very boring.

July 26, 2002
Las Vegas Mercury

Audience Reviews for Johnny Suede

Johnny Suede, a young man with a freakishly large pompadour (Brad Pitt), tries to pay the rent, keep a girlfriend, and make it as a musician in the big city. Suede, who's stuck in the 1950s and not entirely sympathetic, is an interesting character but the script doesn't give him much of interest to do. Quirky casting (Tina Louise and Nick Cave in small roles) helps a little but not enough.
June 9, 2012
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Greg S

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Lackluster early Pitt star effort about the attempts of yet another drifter trying to make it in New York. I'll bet he'll be lucky if some legit broad, say like Cat Keener maybe, can find it in her heart to put up with his delusions of grandeur.
August 8, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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I once directed a short scene from this movie for a theatre festival in college. I made sure neither of the guys in my cast or myself watched the movie during rehearsals. I wanted to create my own interpretation of it and not try to copy the movie. Reading the scene, I thought it was very funny, and I maintain that the scene I directed turned out much better than the way it was portrayed in the film. When I finally saw this I was very disappointed.
December 30, 2008
hypathio7

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Though Pitt puts on a particularly good performance to accompany some good songs and other high points, "Johnny Suede" still isn't the most solid movie in the world. It's underdeveloped, drawn out and also suffers from some cliches, melodrama, forced story turns and a deal of other cons. In the end, "Johnny Suede" has little in it, but still makes for a resonably fair time-killer and starring debut for Brad Pitt.
January 17, 2011
Cameron W. Johnson
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