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The Brave

The Brave (1997)

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Johnny Depp made his debut as a director and screenwriter with this allegorical tale of the plight of Native Americans. Raphael (Depp) is an alcoholic American Indian who lives in a hovel near a junkyard with his wife Rita (Elpidia Carillo) and his children Frankie (Cody Lightning) and Marta (Nicole Mancera); he scrapes together a meager living rescuing potentially salable items from the rubbish. Desperate to raise money, Raphael arranges to meet a wealthy man named McCarthy (Marlon Brando), who

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Johnny Depp offers further proof that Hollywood stars who attempt to extend their range are apt to exceed it.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Besides the implausibilities, the direction has two fatal flaws: it's both tediously slow and hugely narcissistic as the camera focuses repeatedly on Depp's bandana'd head and rippling torso.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A Johnny Depp turkey.

December 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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...standard vengeance-is-mine stuff, gussied up with hifalutin pseudo-profundity.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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It has flaws -- it has at least one major one -- but overall this is an honorable and provocative debut.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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A dark, bleary but often quite touching story.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for The Brave

An early film starring and directed by Johnny Depp. It's a rather slow tale about the length someone is prepared to go to give their family a better life. Starring Marlon Brando as well briefly it's an interesting tale but the film is too long. There aren't many scenes that stand out either and it kinda feels like a made for TV film. For Johnny's die hard fans only really.
April 10, 2010
Deano78

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Directed and starring Johnny Depp, this storyline made for a pretty promising film, however the first half I found pretty boring, the second half started to warm up a little and had some emotional scenes. If this film does nothing else, it shows you how bad poverty can be
April 11, 2007
76Majikat

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Johnny Depp's directorial debut never really finds its footing, but I didn't have the same issues with it that most critics seemed to. I've noticed recurring complaints about the film's slow pacing, but I thought that was advantageous to the style Depp was going for. However, it's obvious that the execution of the picture isn't completely successful. It looks like a TV movie, with rigidly staged scenes that don't always transition well. However, there are some things I really like about the film. For one thing, the story is excellent and the conclusion has an impact, despite all the problems preceding it. This is one of Depp's finest achievements as an actor. He crafts a nuanced, empathetic protagonist who is always engaging to watch. Brando's brief appearance is brilliantly played. His acting was unpredictable and vibrant in a way that nobody else's is, and his dialogue with Depp is exciting to watch. The other players deliver performances ranging from good to terrible, which contributes to the movie's inconsistency overall.
October 19, 2009
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