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DEAD MAN

Pandora Film, A 12 Gauge Production

CAST

 
William Blake.................................. Johnny Depp
The Fireman................................. Crispin Glover
John Scholfield.................................. John Hurt
Mr Olafsen...................................... John North
John Dickinson.............................. Robert Mitchum
Man in the Alley.............................. Gibby Haines
Thel Russell................................... Mili Avital
Drunk......................................... Peter Schrum
Charlie Dickinson............................ Gabriel Byrne
Cole Wilson............................... Lance Henrickson
Conway Twill............................... Michael Wincott
Johnny "The Kid" Pickett....................... Eugene Byrd
Nobody......................................... Gary Farmer
Salvatore "Sally" Jenko........................... Iggy Pop
Big George Drakoulious.................. Billy Bob Thornton
Benmont Tench..................................Jared Harris
Marvin, Older Marshall.................... Jimmie Ray Weeks
Lee, Younger Marshall...................... Mark Bringelson
Nobody's Girlfriend........................ Michelle Thrush
Trading Post Missionary...................... Alfred Molina

A Jim Jarmusch FILM

Writer and Director........................... Jim Jarmusch Producer............................... Demetra J. MacBride Director of Photography....................... Robby Muller Music........................................... Neil Young Editor...................................... Jay Rabinowitz Production Designer.......................... Bob Ziembicki Casting.................... Ellen Lewis and Laura Rosenthal Costume Designer............................... Marit Allen Co-producer..................................... Karen Koch

Around 1860 young William Blake, accountant from Cleveland, is travelling to the Wild West to take up a job at a town called Machine. Yet, on his arrival, the events take a very unexpected turn: the job offer is gone, and Blake, penniless, at night finds himself in the room of a poor flower-girl, not knowing where else to spend the night. And this is just the beginning of a journey deeper and deeper into a mysterious and unknown world. Shot at and injured by the girl's finacee whom he kills in self-defense, hunted by marshals and bounty hunters, Blake slowly changes from a hapless and totally bewildered victim of fate into an ever unwilling, but nontheless successful killer, still totally incomprehensive of what is happening to him. Leading him on this weird journey towards death is Nobody, an outcast Indian who happened to find the helpless Blake outside town. Nobody is fascinated by his new-found companion, believing he really is the dead English poet of the same name of whom he is an ardent admirer. Nobody teaches Blake about the spiritual side of this journey, taking his adored Ądead" poet to where he'll find his final destination, his final death - and release from a mysterious and hostile world. A weird, perfectly ironic, yet in its ending strangely consoling Western with a fascinating portrayal of reversed roles between Indian and White Man. Even though you may need strong nerves to stomach the few of this movie's violent scenes, the consoling quality of its ending makes up for this, and the almost hypnotizing soundtrack by Neil Young is an unexpendable component in its overall spiritual quality. [synopsis by Mitch]