A young man in search of a fresh start, William Blake (Johnny Depp) embarks on an exciting journey to a new town... never realizing the danger that lies ahead. But when a heated love triangle ends in double murder, Blake finds himself a wanted man, running scared - until a mysterious loner (Gary Farmer) teaches him to face the dangers that follow a "dead man".
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott, Mili Avital, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, Eugene Byrd, Gabriel Byrne, John Hurt, Alfred Molina, Robert Mitchum
Awards & Nominations:
1995 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL:
Golden Palm: Jim Jarmusch (Nominated)
1996 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS:
Screen International Award: Jim Jarmusch (Won)
1997 INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS:
Best Cinematography: Robby Muller (Nominated)
Best Feature: Demetra J. MacBride (Nominated)
Best Screenplay: Jim Jarmusch (Nominated)
Best Supporting Male Actor: Gary Farmer (Nominated)
1996 NEW YORK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS:
Best Cinematography: Robby Muller (Won)
ABOUT THIS MOVIE
(Compiled by Vicky)
Quotes from Johnny Depp:
"I hope that this is the last of these innocents I play. It's a character that is, again, like a naive young guy who's trying to get his life together. He's trying really hard to make his life work and he ends up slowly dying. And he knows he's dying. It's a beautiful story, though."
"[My salary was] less than my expenses during the shoot [but] I did Dead Man so I could work with Jim Jarmusch. I trust Jim as a director, and a friend, and a genius."
Life Story Magazine
"That was the perfect situation for me. Jarmusch is one of my best friends and also the movie director I admire the most. Why do anything just for some money? Today my greatest satisfaction comes especially from the things I chose not to do, rather than from those I chose to do."
Quotes from others:
"[Johnny Depp] really is one of the most precise and focused people I've ever worked with. The whole crew is kind of amazed by that. That's a side of him that I'm not really familiar with, you know? I'm more familiar with seeing him fall asleep on the couch with the TV on all night. But it somehow fits; he's full of paradoxes."
"He's moody and very emotional and very sensitive. In real life, sometimes, it's hard for him to decide where to eat or what to do, but as an actor he's very precise."
"He's pretty much half dead for most of the movie. It takes a lot of patience to be half dead. Especially for someone like Johnny."