Don Juan DeMarco

Don Juan DeMarco

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Director: Jeremy Leven

Cast: Jeremy Leven, Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway

     
 

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A psychiatrist treats a most unusual patient, only to find that the doctor is the one who gains the most from their sessions in this philosophical romantic comedy. A young man in a mask and cape (played by Johnny Depp) is standing atop a billboard, threatening to jump. When the potential suicide is finally talked down, he's brought to a psychiatric facility where

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A psychiatrist treats a most unusual patient, only to find that the doctor is the one who gains the most from their sessions in this philosophical romantic comedy. A young man in a mask and cape (played by Johnny Depp) is standing atop a billboard, threatening to jump. When the potential suicide is finally talked down, he's brought to a psychiatric facility where after one doctor washes his hands of the case, he's placed under the supervision of Dr. Jack Mickler (Marlon Brando), an aging psychiatrist soon to retire. The patient informs Mickler that he is actually the great lover Don Juan, who has seduced over 1,500 women, but has fallen into a deep depression after being unable to win the hand of the woman of his dreams. Mickler has ten days to work with "Don Juan," after which he will either be released on medication or committed to a long-term stay in a mental hospital. As Mickler talks with the young man, who speaks rapturously of the art of love, the doctor finds that his philosophies are helping to kick start his failing relationship with his wife (Faye Dunaway), and he slowly becomes convinced that his patient might really be Don Juan after all. Don Juan DeMarco's theme song, "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," became a major hit for singer and songwriter Bryan Adams; after working with Marlon Brando on this film, Johnny Depp cast the legendary actor in a key supporting role in his directorial debut, The Brave.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
When dealing with psychological disorders in film, it's a fine line indeed between whimsical and preposterous. Think how absurd a film like Rain Man (1988) could have been in less capable hands (think too hard on it and you'll probably end up with something that looks a whole lot like 1999's double-serving of cinematic cheese, Molly and The Other Sister). Screenwriter and sometime-director Jeremy Leven has a particular problem with recognizing the border between the engagingly offbeat and the fatuous, as his scripts for Creator (1985) and The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) clearly demonstrate, seesawing wildly as they do from one tone to another, frustrating in their sheer first-draftness. Leven's directorial debut Don Juan DeMarco (1995) is not enough of an exception, but the comedy-drama admirably generates enough charm to make a convincing argument that the writer/director should get behind the camera for more of his own scripts. Many of the film's plot developments are as patently balmy as its central character, but leads Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando seem to be having such a good time that one would have to be a major sourpuss to care. Pacing, music, Depp's vanity, the oddball flirtations between Brando and Faye Dunaway (as his perplexed but delighted wife), and especially the writer/director's central assertion that nothing is more flat-out nuts than love, all combine to make an entertaining diversion aimed squarely at the non-cynic. Leven's film is told with such peppery gusto that it ends up being the artistic equivalent of the family black sheep: a bit of a pill, a tax upon one's intellectual patience at times, but ultimately too truthful and too much jovial fun to dislike.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2012
UPC:
0794043155512
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
15,036

Special Features

Bryan Adams Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman music video; Isolated stereo audio track of the film score

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Dr. Jack Mickler
Johnny Depp Don Juan DeMarco
Faye Dunaway Marilyn Mickler
Géraldine Pailhas Dona Ana
Bob Dishy Dr. Paul Showalter
Rachel Ticotin Dona Inez
Talisa Soto Dona Julia
Richard Sarafian Detective Sy Tobias
Teresa Hughes Grandmother DeMarco
Franc Luz Don Antonio
Carmen Argenziano Don Alfonzo
Jo Champa Sultana Gulbeyaz
Esther Scott Nurse Alvira
Nada Despotovich Nurse Gloria
Gilbert Lewis Judge Ryland
Tom Mardirosian Baba, the Eunuch
Corley Woman's Date
Patricia Mauceri Dona Querida
Sanjay Auctioneer
Ken Gutstein Doctor
Santiago Garcia Mariachi Band #4
Marita Geraghty Woman in Restaurant
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Rocco Compton
Nick LaTour Nicholas, the Doorman
Sara Mansfield Harem Girl

Technical Credits
Jeremy Leven Director,Screenwriter
Bryan Adams Songwriter
Jerry Ballew Asst. Director
Ron Berkeley Makeup
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Francis Ford Coppola Producer
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Kirsten Everberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Fuchs Producer
Antony Gibbs Editor
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Jeff Knipp Art Director
Lynn Kressel Casting
Robert John Lange Score Composer
Maggie Martin Set Decoration/Design
Robert Newmyer Co-producer
Patrick Palmer Producer
Brian Reilly Co-producer
Sharon Seymour Production Designer
Jeffrey Silver Co-producer
Ruth Vitale Executive Producer

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Don Juan DeMarco 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is an extrodianry movie. Johny depp plays such a magnificent lover... such a passionate man (with a nasty habit of making half of it up) that you cant help but wonder if its all true. He truly is the 'greatest lover the world has ever seen'. I would recomend this if you are looking for a real life movie that defies real life, and sweeps you into the fantastical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is what all romances should be like. It's full of twist and turns that you just can't ignore. It is really one of Johnny Depp's truest roles. He did an amazing job along with Marlon Brando. Snaps for this one!!!
Katla More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp in one of his finest performances. Marlon Brando jumps through the screen with wisdom, energy and understated class. Faye Dunaway is sexy, interesting and a sensuel woman through and through. Don Juan De Marco is a movie to be seen many times. Each time Johnny Depp seem to show a different perspective, a different approach and a different version of the legendary Don Juan De Marco. Showing that he can match the amazing Marlon Brando in each and every scene they share - Johnny Depp, even then, proved that he (as well as Marlon Brando) are among te chosen few whose talents are above and beyond what most actors can even dream of achieving.
2Picky More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie when it was first issued because of the performance by Marlon Brando and because of the theme song, "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman." Though Marlon Brando was 'way past playing leading man roles, his performance here was very appealing on a more mature level, and Faye Dunaway was graceful in her role of the pleasantly surprised wife of a man of retirement age whose sexual interest in him and in their relationship is revived. Johnny Depp was believable as Don Juan de Marco, a gentle and passionate lover of over 1000 needy women. The theme song added so much to the story, as theme songs should. All in all, a very entertaining though under-appreciated movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the movie where I first fell in love with Johnny Depp. Just as Fail Safe is a movie that all world politicians should be required to view, Don Juan DeMarco is a film that every man should see. For they need to "really, really, really, . . . really, really, really love a woman."
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp does such wonderful acting on this film. He is extremely sexy as well. you will fall under don juan's spell too. He is the greatest lover in the world period.
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