Johnny Suede

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Just months after his scene stealing performance in Thelma & Louise, Brad Pitt drew raves for his first starring role as a quirky wannabe rock star with an immense pompadour and innocent attitude to match. But will this cool cat dreamer's relationship with a sensible young women (Oscar nominee Catherine Keener of Being John Malkovich and Capote) teach him that there's more to life than a one of a find pair of black suede shoes? Samuel L. Jackson, Tina Louise (of Gilligan's Island fame), and post punk goth legend Nick Cave co-star in this wildly original Sundance Festival sensation that marked the debut of writer/director Tom DiCillo (The Real Blonde) and remains one of the true benchmarks of early 90s independent cinema.


Studio Starz/sphe
SKU 206232397
UPC 013131561197
UPC 14 00013131561197
Format DVD
Release Date 12/1/2009
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Pitt,Brad
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Cast & Crew
Brad Pitt - Actor
Catherine Keener - Actor
Geraldine Peroni - Editor
Janet Jacobson - Producer
Jim Farmer - Original Music By
Joe DeSalvo - Cinematographer
Laura Brock - Art Director
Patricia Woodbridge - Production Designer
Samuel L. Jackson - Actor
Steven Starr - Executive Producer
Tina Louise - Actor
Tom DiCillo - Director
Tom DiCillo - Writer
Nominee (1993) Independent Spirit, Catherine Keener, Best Female Lead
Nominee (1992) Sundance Film Festival, Tom DiCillo, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
ReviewSource Variety
Review Taking place in an imaginary slum that could be on the outskirts of any east coast metropolis (pic was actually shot in New York), Tom DiCillo's gently ironic fantasy focuses on a dreamy young man who rejects reality and, after a pair of suede shoes is literally dropped on his head, adopts the name Johnny Suede and sets out to be a pop star, using the late Ricky Nelson as his model...Johnny starts a tentative affair with pretty young Alison Moir, who lives nearby with an older, abusive photographer. His dream fades once she decides she prefers rough treatment. On the rebound, he reluctantly picks up a tutor of retarded children (Catherine Keener), and under her guidance he starts on the journey that will land him with both feet on the ground...One-time cameraman (Stranger Than Paradise, Variety), DiCillo exploits pastel colors to advantage in order to flesh out Johnny's fantasy world. Brad Pitt, fresh from stealing scenes in Thelma & Louise, gives Johnny the right kind of innocent appeal, and the rest of the cast surround him with loving care.
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Pitt,Brad
Label Video Treasures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jeff Dawson, Empire Offbeat, stylish and packed with some wonderfully bizarro moments.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone There's no denying the kick of Pitt's memorably offbeat performance and writer-director Tom DiCillo's stylish debut.

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