Dead Man is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, John Hurt, Michael Wincott, Lance Henriksen, Gabriel Byrne, Mili Avital and Robert Mitchum. The film, dubbed a “Psychedelic Western” by its director, includes twisted and surreal elements of the Western genre. The film is shot entirely in monochrome. Neil Young composed the guitar-dominated soundtrack with portions he improvised while watching the movie footage. It has been considered by many to be a premier postmodern Western.
- This is a fascinating surreal movie. It is unlike any other Western I have even seen.
- There are multiple references in the film to the poetry of William Blake.
- Dead Man is generally regarded as being extremely well researched in regard to Native American culture.