Johnny Suede (1991)




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'Johnny Suede' is a contemporary fable about a mildly talented young man with musical ambitions who is forced to confront some truths about himself.
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International , Comedy , Romance
Directed By: Tom DiCillo
Written By: Tom DiCillo
In Theaters: wide
Miramax Films


Brad Pitt
as Johnny Suede
Alison Moir
as Darlette
Tina Louise
as Mrs. Fontaine
Nick Cave
as Freak Storm
Peter McRobbie
as Flip Doubt
Michael Mulheren
as Fred Business
Richard Boes
as Man in Tuxedo
Cheryl Costa
as Woman in Alley
Michael Luciano
as Mr. Clepp
Ralph Marrero
as Bartender
Ron Vawter
as Winston
Wayne Maugans
as Ned Business
Joseph Barry
as The Cowboy
Evelyn Solann
as Old Woman
Ahmed Ben Larby
as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Suede

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

But the star of the show is undoubtedly Brad Pitt. In this, at times, manic production, he's given the perfect vehicle to display his considerable acting chops and ever-alluring physique.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

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

Full Review… | February 13, 2008
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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.

Greg S
Greg S

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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.

Cameron Johnson
Cameron Johnson

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