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Old 10-31-07, 05:49 AM
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Johnny Depp : Best Role on Film?

I've just started getting into this actors' work (yeah, a little late) and find that that there are so many movies of his from the 1990s that I havent even heard of.

Which of his lesser known flicks would you recommend as a 'must buy' on DVD? And which performances, other than POTC etc would you rate highly?
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Donnie Brasco is his best performance (IMO). It is a great mob drama with Pacino, and it isn't glitzy like Goodfellas, it focuses more on the lower-level mob guys and their struggles everyday. It's a great movie, and it seemed to never get its due.

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I really liked Blow, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Edward Scissorhands, Cry-Baby and Ed Wood. All different performances but all great IMO.
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I think I've enjoyed most of his movies, except for Sleepy Hollow.

I'm a huge fan of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Blow is excellent, and don't forget about A Nightmare on Elm Street.
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The definitive Johnny Depp movie is Jarmusch's Dead Man.
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Ed Wood is my favorite Depp film and performance.
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Originally Posted by alfonsosoriano
Ed Wood is my favorite Depp film and performance.
Classic Film

Edward Scissorhands
Ed Wood
Benny And June
Blow
Fear & Loathing in las vegas
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A bunch to choose from, but Ed Wood is the one that really stands out.
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He's been very good in everything I've seen him in. It's hard to choose, but I suppose Donnie Brasco stands out, as does The Ninth Gate.
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Dead Man and Ed Wood were the first ones that came to my mind.
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Ed Wood.
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Dead Man

The Ninth Gate

Ed Wood

Donnie Frasco

And to a lesser extent, Nick of Time.
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Ed Wood is probably Depp's best performance but he doesn't give the best performance in the film; That title goes to Martin Landau. Landau's performance as Bela Lugosi is scary good.

Depp's second best performance was in Edward Scissorhands; classic.
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Ed Wood or Donnie Brasco.
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I gotta go with Donnie Brasco, terrific performance by both him and Al Pacino.
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A Nightmare On Elm Street.....j/k

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Dead Man is my favorite Depp film, but that's a very passive character. It's a strong performance, but it's subordinate to the film around him. So I wouldn't say it's the best showcase of his range.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I gotta go with Donnie Brasco, terrific performance by both him and Al Pacino.
I like Depp, but Donnie the film was dreadful IMO.

I liked Depp in 'Chocolat'
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Originally Posted by Giles
I like Depp, but Donnie the film was dreadful IMO.

I liked Depp in 'Chocolat'
LOL, I thought the exact opposite.
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Re: Johnny Depp : Best Role on Film?

Donnie Brasco
Ed Wood
Dead Man
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Finding Neverland

He really is just a money making whore at this point though.
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Re: Johnny Depp : Best Role on Film?

Originally Posted by EdTheRipper View Post
I really liked Blow, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Edward Scissorhands, Cry-Baby and Ed Wood. All different performances but all great IMO.
Blow started out very good. I'd say the first half of the film was excellent when it showed them getting into/succeeding in the business. The second half falls flat when all he does is remind the audience how much he loves his daughter every minute or so.

Originally Posted by coli View Post
Donnie Brasco is his best performance (IMO). It is a great mob drama with Pacino, and it isn't glitzy like Goodfellas, it focuses more on the lower-level mob guys and their struggles everyday. It's a great movie, and it seemed to never get its due.
Although a very entertaining film, Donnie Brasco is almost a comedy without trying to be. The characters are cartoonish and I highly doubt there is anyone in the mafia that even slightly resembles any of those characters.

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