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8,692 Ratings

Dead Man

Directed by Jim Jarmusch
United States, 1995
Western, Fantasy

Synopsis

An outcast Native American named Nobody leads a man named William Blake, who is on the run after murdering a man, into a spiritual world in the wild west.

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Dead Man Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

1997 | 4 nominations including: Best Feature

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1996 | Winner: Best Cinematographer

European Film Awards

1996 | Winner: Screen International Award

What are people saying?

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Dead Man

    Laconic, with beautiful black and white photography, a slow voyage into the realms of death. One of my favorites of Jim Jarmusch. I always wonder how he got the idea to create an Indian called "Nobody" who turns out to be a connoisseur of William Blake's poetry. But the idea of poetry is very important: The shorter or longer sequences (always separated by blackouts) appear to be filmic reflections on poetic pictures.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Dead Man

    I liked his first film a lot, but I quickly grew disenchanted with him. This one is not bad. I loved Nobody. I consider it a bad sign when 'King-of-cool' or 'hip cast' are used in the description. I don'always t like cool, except for Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, and I hate the whole concept of hip. Hip usually means pretentious nonsense. Some of the violent bits could have been edited out.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Dead Man

    Jarmusch's best film, or just his most robustly plotted? Compared to Down By Law, this is an action movie, but Jarmusch stays an ideal observer of the USA, focusing not on landmarks or vistas but the view from the ground. This is one of his funniest and most propulsively entertaining, a Western parody and allegory where modern commerce and age-old spirituality both seem to sprout naturally from the American soil.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Dead Man

    Bob and Harvey Weinstein bought this film sight unseen thinking that a Western directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Johnny Depp would kill in every demographic. When they realized what they had they didn't know what to do with it so they dumped it. Which is a damn shame because this one of the most beautiful and spiritual Westerns ever made. Which shows Johnny Depp can do a good Western.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Dead Man

    I can't help but find Jarmusch's technique fascinating. The western revisionism here produces a great cultural testament to Native Americans, a rarity for the silver screen. Neil Young's improvised soundtrack mixed with Johnny Depp reading the poetry of William Blake adds color to the stark black-and-white images.

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film Dead Man

    Look out the window. And doesn't this remind you of when you were in the boat, and then later that night, you were lying, looking up at the ceiling, and the water in your head was not dissimilar from the landscape, and you think to yourself, "Why is it that the landscape is moving, but the boat is still?"

  • Erik Villasenor's rating of the film Dead Man

    This film is incredible, i can deffinitely see the Ozu influence. Jarmusch creates his own vision of the western with impeccable efficiency and grace. Surreal and fascinating, dead man is one of the peaks in creativity of 90's independent american cinema and one of Johnny Depp's greatest performances.

  • Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film Dead Man

    Spiritually enlightening. Plus it has a kickass Neil Young soundtrack and the last performance by Robert Mitchum. What's not to love? F**king white men.