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Johnny Suede (1991)




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'Johnny Suede' is a contemporary fable about a mildly talented young man with musical ambitions who is forced to confront some truths about himself.

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Brad Pitt
as Johnny Suede
Alison Moir
as Darlette
Tina Louise
as Mrs. Fontaine
Nick Cave
as Freak Storm
Peter McRobbie
as Flip Doubt
Michael Mulheren
as Fred Business
Richard Boes
as Man in Tuxedo
Cheryl Costa
as Woman in Alley
Michael Luciano
as Mr. Clepp
Ralph Marrero
as Bartender
Ron Vawter
as Winston
Wayne Maugans
as Ned Business
Joseph Barry
as The Cowboy
Evelyn Solann
as Old Woman
Ahmed Ben Larby
as Cab Driver
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Suede

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

Has Odour-Eater hauteur.

July 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Has a lot of appeal and potential, but it's sadly a wasted and utterly terrible experience...

February 13, 2008 | Full Review…

Pitt's tendency to turn into a space cadet without a well-defined archetype to play slows the movie's pacing to a crawl

January 27, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A bizarre, idiosyncratic fable that draws on Jarmusch's minimalist style (DiCillo was Jarmusch's lenser) and David Lynch's Erasrerhead.

December 18, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Super odd indie flick with the worst movie hairdo ever, until Bill Murray did Kingpin.

August 1, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Nice try, good style, but very boring.

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Johnny Suede


Johnny Suede, a young man with a freakishly large pompadour (Brad Pitt), tries to pay the rent, keep a girlfriend, and make it as a musician in the big city. Suede, who's stuck in the 1950s and not entirely sympathetic, is an interesting character but the script doesn't give him much of interest to do. Quirky casting (Tina Louise and Nick Cave in small roles) helps a little but not enough.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

Lackluster early Pitt star effort about the attempts of yet another drifter trying to make it in New York. I'll bet he'll be lucky if some legit broad, say like Cat Keener maybe, can find it in her heart to put up with his delusions of grandeur.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Though Pitt puts on a particularly good performance to accompany some good songs and other high points, "Johnny Suede" still isn't the most solid movie in the world. It's underdeveloped, drawn out and also suffers from some cliches, melodrama, forced story turns and a deal of other cons. In the end, "Johnny Suede" has little in it, but still makes for a resonably fair time-killer and starring debut for Brad Pitt.

Cameron Johnson
Cameron Johnson

Super Reviewer

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