A bizarre, funny, almost mystical take on the Western, Jarmusch's film charts the sentimental education of a clerk, William Blake (Depp), when he travels out West and finds himself, after an unexpected violent incident, pursued by vicious bounty hunters and taken up by a decidedly eccentric Indian (Farmer) who believes his new friend is the English visionary poet. Looser in structure than the director's earlier work, but pervaded with the same deadpan humour and superb imagery (cameraman, Robby Müller), this is an original and very weird account of the American wilderness. Haunting electric guitar score by Neil Young.
Cast and crew
Johnny Depp Gary Farmer Robert Mitchum Lance Henriksen Gabriel Byrne John Hurt Alfred Molina Crispin Glover Iggy Pop Steve Buscemi Billy Bob Thornton