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A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to "star" as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his poverty stricken family.

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Johnny Depp

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Gregory McDonald (novel), Paul McCudden (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Depp ... Raphael
Marlon Brando ... McCarthy
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 Nicole Mancera ... Marta
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Papa
Pepe Serna ... Alessandro
Lupe Ontiveros ... Maria
Alexis Cruz ... Heyman
Chuck E. Weiss Chuck E. Weiss ... Whizzy
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An unemployed alcoholic Native American Indian lives on a trailer park with his wife and two children. Convinced that he has nothing to offer this world, he agrees to be tortured to death by a gang of rednecks in return for $50,000. Written by Duncan Shine <shine@telecall.co.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1997 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

O Bravo See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color (DeLuxe Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Director and star Johnny Depp was deeply upset at negative reviews by American critics attending an otherwise successful screening at the Cannes Film Festival. As a result, he refused to release the film in the United States. See more »

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Larry: Hey, listen to this. The other day I was driving down the highway, had the air-conditioner on, smoking my stogies, listening to some tunes, and this big fat crow lands on a billboard. Biggest, fattest crow I ever saw in my life. And I fix on him, and he dropped dead - boom, in the sand. Damndest thing I ever saw. Kind of made me sick. In fact, it made me poop. It made me poop my pants. It was about a four-inch, bell-shaped fece, very hard, very firm. Things haven't been going too good for me.
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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Good story but weak way of telling it
4 April 2011 | by PeterRoederSee all my reviews

I agree with those that say, that this is a good story. It's like a Twilight Zone episode. In the beginning, one is intrigued and guessing what will happen but then that breaks down, and it doesn't seem to be fantasy anymore. It just seems like we don't really believe in the story or the characters anymore. Why would any of them act like that? Seriously, I really think Rod Serling could have gotten some great stuff out of this, apparently, Hostel-like story and setup. The subject of snuff-movies is an epic theme, but this way of telling the story is just so weak that we lose interest. Still it is a lot more interesting than the average movie, and clearly Johhny Depp is a talented director but he should really have thought some more about creating some excitement in this story.


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