The Brave

1997

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GENERAL INFORMATION

A Native American (Johnny Depp) is offered the chance to star as the victim of a snuff film for a paycheck which could greatly help his impoverished family. Johnny also shares the writing credits for this film with his brother, D.P. Depp.

Director: Johnny Depp

Cast: Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, Marshall Bell, Elpidia Carillo, Frederic Forrest, Clarence Williams III, Max Perlich

Awards & Nominations:

1997 CAMERIMAGE:
Golden Frog Award: Vilko Filac (Nominated)

1997 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL:
Golden Palm Award: Johnny Depp (Nominated)


ABOUT THIS MOVIE

(Compiled by Gemma and Emily)

Quotes from Johnny Depp:

"I should be committed to an institution immediately for even thinking I could get away with that. These two things [acting and directing] are opposing, they oppose one another. To be a director, you have to be in complete control of the set, complete control of the surroundings, and very aware of what's going on, what's being used and what's not being used... It's insanity. To be an actor, you have to be, in a sense, out of control."
--Johnny Depp

"I really approached the film as if it was a white big piece of paper and I was just going to draw a picture on it. And whether that picture was good or bad, whatever people thought of it, what they could never take away was that it was my picture."
--Johnny Depp

"We always say 'I would kill for my family' or 'I would die for my family', but would you really? I mean, when really put in that situation, would you really give up your life? Do you really love something or someone that much?"

--Johnny Depp

"The film hurt a lot to make."
--Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp: A Modern Rebel by Brian J. Robb

"I totally invested me in this movie, so I had to put much more about myself in it than any other."
--Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp: A Modern Rebel by Brian J. Robb

"I directed this movie honestly, without embellishment. Sure there'll be people who won't like it or won't understand the humor I've put into it, but at least it will be a film that's like me."
--Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp: A Modern Rebel by Brian J. Robb

Quotes from others:

"The Brave was a painful experience, I think, for Johnny because of the process. He had this project that he felt deeply about, he directed it, and then the money guys wanted it at Cannes - but he never really had the chance to finish the film properly. If there is a weakness in the film, it is these two sides of Johnny that haven't quite found a middle ground, how you put it together. Because there are scenes in the movie that are like Kusterica's stuff; they're fabulous, outrageous. And then the other part of the film is incredibly real and dark."
--Terry Gilliam
Depp by Christopher Heard

"Well, it's very serious, but it's certainly arty. He didn't make a commercial kind of a movie, which I think is good. People loved it."
--John Waters
Depp by Christopher Heard

"At first I thought Johnny was taking on more than he could handle with The Brave. Johnny goes beyond getting angry. He likes off-centre, arty roles as an actor, and he is that way in his personality, too."
--Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman
Depp by Christopher Heard

"Johnny is very attentive and takes care of my comfort. He asked for fruit deliveries and all the things that I needed. And the members of his team are all very nice. Johnny chose them and they do everything for my comfort."
--Marlon Brando
Studio Magazine

"I know the story because Johnny told me, and I understood the meaning of the movie."
--Marlon Brando
Studio Magazine

"He put an awful lot of his own money into this film, that's a pretty honourable thing. I don't have that kind of courage."
--Patrick Hasburgh
Johnny Depp: A Modern Rebel by Brian J. Robb