Dead Man 1995 ***

Writer/director Jim Jarmusch coaxed a memorable performance from Johnny Depp in this oddball black and white Western from 1995, With Depp as accountant William Blake, who goes on the run after killing a man in 1800’s North America. Clad in a fur-coat, and spouting poetry by the real William Blake, Depp encounters a series of strange characters, with Robert Mitchum, Alfred Molina, Michael Wincott, John Hurt, Gabriel Byrne, Iggy Pop and professional maniac Crispin Glover dotted along the way. With moments of extreme violence amongst the lyricism, Jarmusch’s film is a rare view of the Old West as an amoral hell-hole.


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