Original film poster
|Directed by||Johnny Depp|
|Produced by||Charles Evans, Jr.
|Screenplay by||D.P. Depp
|Music by||Iggy Pop|
Eugene D. Shlugleit
|Edited by||Pascale Buba
|Distributed by||Majestic Films International|
This film was Depp's directorial debut. He co-wrote the screenplay with his brother, directed and acted in it. The film was first shown at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival where it received mixed reviews. The film was released in theaters and on DVD internationally, but not in the United States.
The film concerns a Native American man named Raphael who lives with his wife and two children in a remote community near a rubbish dump selling whatever he can to make a living. Raphael, seeing the hopelessness of his situation and his inability to provide for his family, agrees to star in a snuff film for a large sum of money that he hopes will give his family a chance for a better life.
Having been given the money in advance, Raphael is given a week to live and then return to be tortured and killed in front of the camera. The film follows Raphael's transformation with his relationship with his wife and children over the course of his final week of life and his own personal anguish with his fate.
Cast and characters
- Johnny Depp – Raphael
- Marshall Bell – Larry
- Elpidia Carrillo – Rita
- Frederic Forrest – Lou Sr.
- Clarence Williams III – Father Stratton
- Max Perlich – Lou Jr.
- Luis Guzmán – Luis
- Cody Lightning – Frankie
- Nicole Mancera – Marta
- Floyd Red Crow Westerman – Papa
- Pepe Serna – Alessandro
- Lupe Ontiveros – Maria
- Alexis Cruz – Heyman
- with Chuck E. Weiss – Whizzy
- special appearance by Marlon Brando - McCarthy
This film currently holds an approval rating of 33% on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.5 on IMDb.
- Wallace, Chris (June 28, 2013). "Equal Status, Kemo Sabe Johnny Depp Revises Tonto in ‘The Lone Ranger’". The New York Times.
- "Festival de Cannes: The Brave". festival-cannes.com. Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 2009-09-21.
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