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Tom DiCillo directed this surrealistic black comedy starring Brad Pitt as Johnny Suede, a young man with an attitude and an immense pompadour, who wants to be a rock n' roll star like his idol Ricky Nelson. He has all the stylistic accouterments, except a pair of black suede shoes. And one night, after leaving a nightclub, like manna from heaven, a pair of black suede shoes falls at his feet. Soon afterwards, the recently completed Johnny meets Darlette (Alison Moir), a sultry bohemian whom he beds down for the night. In spite of Darlette's abusive boyfriend with a gun, Johnny begins to see Darlette everyday. But when Johnny is forced to pawn his guitar for rent money, Darlette mysteriously leaves him. Johnny's pal Deke (Calvin Levels) fronts him the money to get his guitar out of hock, and the two form a band. Depressed about Darlette's desertion, he wanders aimlessly, and he meets Yvonne (Catherine Keener), a woman much wiser than Johnny who teaches him that there are things in life much more important than a pair of black suede shoes. DiCillo based his independent comedy Catherine Keener upon his experiences working with Brad Pitt on this film. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:August 14, 1992

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Catherine Keener Best Actress 1992 Nominee
Sundance Film Festival Tom DiCillo In Competition 1991 Nominee

Cast

Brad Pitt
as Johnny Suede
Calvin Levels
as Deke
Alison Moir
as Darlette
Catherine Keener
as Yvonne
Tina Louise
as Mrs. Fontaine
Nick Cave
as Freak Storm
Richard Boes
as Man in Tuxedo
Cheryl Costa
as Woman in Alley
Michael Luciano
as Mr. Clepp
Ralph Marrero
as Bartender
Peter McRobbie
as Flip Doubt
Ron Vawter
as Winston
Dennis Parlato
as Dalton
Michael Mulheren
as Fred Business
Wayne Maugans
as Ned Business
Tom Jarmusch
as Conan
Samuel L. Jackson
as B-Bop
Evelyn Solann
as Old Woman
Ashley Gardner
as Ellen
Richard Boes
as Man in Tuxedo
Michael Luciano
as Mr. Clepp
Evelyn Solann
as Old Woman
Samuel L. Jackson
as B-Bop
Wayne Maugans
as Ned Business
Dennis Parlato
as Dalton
Cheryl Costa
as Woman in Alley
Tom Jarmusch
as Conan
Michael Mulheren
as Fred Business
Ralph Marrero
as Bartender
Ron Vawter
as Winston
Peter McRobbie
as Flip Doubt

Crew

Tom DiCillo
Director
Gail Stayden
Producer
Yoram Mandel
Producer
Ruth Waldburger
Producer
Tom DiCillo
Screenwriter
Rhett Morita
Cinematographer
Joe Desalvo
Cinematographer
Jim Farmer
Composer (Music Score)
Geraldine Peroni
Editor
Patricia Woodbridge
Production Designer
Laura Brock
Art Director
Steven Starr
Executive Producer
Ruth Waldburger
Executive Producer
Jessica Haston
Costume Designer
Marcia Shulman
Casting
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