TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings

Dead Man

Jim JarmuschUSA121 minutes1995RB&WEnglish

Mar 3
  • Press & Industry screenings and events are only for accredited passes.

    Shot in stunning black and white by Robby Müller, Jim Jarmusch's hallucinatory subversion of the western genre stars Johnny Depp as mild-mannered Cleveland accountant William Blake, who arrives at a frontier town to take on a new job in the factory of brutish industrialist Dickinson (Robert Mitchum), only to find that the position has already been filled. Stranded and destitute, Blake winds up killing the industrialist's son in self-defence — receiving a serious bullet wound in the process — and fleeing into the wilderness, where he is taken under the wing of a Plains Indian named Nobody (Gary Farmer) who believes Blake to be the reincarnation of the great English poet and mystic whose name he shares. Pursued by Dickinson's bounty hunters, Blake and Nobody head westward, toward the ocean and the unknown worlds beyond. "As exciting and as important as any new American movie I've seen in the '90s" (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

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