The Dead Man
"Every night and every morning
some to misery
every morning and every night
some are born to sweet
some are born to endless night"
DEAD MAN is the story of a young man's journey, both
physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. William Blake
(Johnny Depp) travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in
the second half of the nineteenth century.
Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American (Gary
Farmer), named "Etchebetse" (the-who-speaks-loud-says-nothing) who
calls himself "Nobody". Etchebetse believes Blake is actually the
dead English poet of the same name.
The story, with Nobody's
help, leads Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent.
Contrary to his nature,circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a
killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into
a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened to the fragility that
defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface
of a mirror, and emerges into a previously unknown world that exists on the
By Jim Jarmush, with Johnnie Depp, Gary Farmer,
Robert Mitchum, Mili Avital