Dead Man 1995

Dead Man

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While decidedly not for all tastes, Dead Man marks an alluring change of pace for writer-director Jim Jarmusch that demonstrates an assured command of challenging material.

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Circumstances transform a mild-mannered accountant (Johnny Depp) into a notorious Old West gunslinger.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Depp
William "Bill" Blake
Michael Wincott
Conway Twill
Mili Avital
Thel Russell
Crispin Glover
Train Fireman
Eugene Byrd
Johnny "The Kid" Pickett
Iggy Pop
Salvatore "Sally" Jenko
Billy Bob Thornton
Big George Drakoulious
Jared Harris
Benmont Tench
Neil Young
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Robby Müller
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Bob Ziembicki
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Ted Berner
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Critic Reviews for Dead Man

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (15)

  • Even if it accomplishes little else, Dead Man will almost certainly inspire thought and discussion.

    November 9, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Both Blake's journey and composer Neil Young's spare, electric guitar score seem endlessly circular; and people are always asking Blake for tobacco.

    November 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The landscape outside and the passengers inside become wilder and woollier with every weary mile.

    November 9, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film's pleasures are simply too elusive and mild to make up for a lack of narrative propulsion.

    November 9, 2018 | Full Review…

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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  • [It's a] bizarre, funny, almost mystical take on the Western

    November 9, 2018 | Full Review…

    Gilbert Adair

    Time Out
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  • [The] metaphysical context benefits enormously from the haunting musical themes that Neil Young wrote, underlining the film's psychedelic/apocalyptic edge, and from the stunning black-and-white camera work of Robby Muller.

    November 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead Man

  • Sep 30, 2015
    Dead Man is not as cool as it wants to be but I have to admit I liked it. At times it is cheesy but at times the laid back, surreal vibe works. Also, I am a sucker for black-and-white photography. Better to not have high hopes when queueing this one, but rather sometime give it a try and perhaps be pleasantly surprised.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2013
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  • Mar 06, 2012
    Well, this was the 2nd time that I watched this..thinking that maybe I missed how good this was supposed to be the first time. No. I still am not sure what all the hype is about. This is just ok to me...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Though great talent is on show here, "Dead Man" fails because it is too messy and confusing. I suspect that it is one of those love-it-or-hate-it films, and while I don't exactly hate it, I can't say that I much care for it.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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