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5.0 out of 5 stars What Was The Reviewer Smoking?, September 2, 2000
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How unfair is it that Tim Keogh of the Amazon.Com organization gets to lead off the list of reviews for this movie by stating - "This disappointment from Jim Jarmusch stars Johnny Depp in a mystery Western about a 19th-century accountant named William Blake, who spends his last coin getting to a hellish mud town in Texas and ends up penniless and doom struck in the wilderness." I don't know if Tim was busy stuffing his face with popcorn but he makes three erroneous statements in this first line of his totally off-base review.
1) This movie is not a mystery! 2) Johnny Depp spends his last coin buying whiskey. 3) The "hellish mud town" of Machine is on the West Coast - not Texas. (After all, it would take a while to ride by horseback from Texas to British Columbia where the Coastal Indian Tribes were located).
You may be asking yourself why I take issue with such mundane details? The answer is obvious - to prove the point that Tim Keogh wasn't even watching this movie, and therefore, has no right to review it. Simply put, Dead Man is a cinematic masterpiece! Jim Jarmusch has made a number of strong movies, but Dead Man surpasses the others as a brilliant work of art.
You can see by reading the other reviews that support for Dead Man borders on fanatical. There are few movies that I have watched repeatedly but I continue to see this one over and over again. Everything about the film is different from the conventions of Hollywood mass consumption "fast-film". The story unfolds in a slow and methodical manner and requires much attention on the part of the viewer. If you invest in it, Dead Man will repay you many times over.
If you liked Forrest Gump and The Sixth Sense then you can go see another mindless mainstream movie with Tim Keogh and the majority of the ignorant American public. If you need more than that . . . buy Dead Man. I'll bet you watch it more than once!
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Initial post: Oct 19, 2006 9:32:44 AM PDT
How about putting this up front instead of buried here?

Posted on Nov 7, 2006 4:51:24 AM PST
Tom de Plume says:
I agree with this customer. The Amazon reviewer missed the point completely, and I was rather shocked to see it 'front' this movie. There are several intelligent reviews posted here from customers. Maybe one of these customers would like a job...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2006 1:12:25 PM PST
Bob A. Booey says:
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Maine Writer says:
To the reviewer: You are one arrogant person. And there's not a shred of evidence that your arrogance is warranted.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 1:02:54 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2009 2:50:09 AM PDT
934234 says:
Haven't done drugs for years. This movie rules.

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