Arizona Dream (1993)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Run Time - 142 min.  |   Countries - France , United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jason Clark

Just the type of movie you'd expect with a cast as bizarre as Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Jerry Lewis, and Vincent Gallo, this oddity from the always interesting Emir Kusturica is sometimes maddeningly uneven (not to mention completely random), but represents the kind of off-the-wall filmmaking that general audiences so rarely see. The film features Dunaway in top form, and helps secure Depp's reputation as one of Hollywood's most challenging actors, willing to give his all even in roles that seem half-baked, as this one sometimes does. The back-story on Arizona Dream is almost as interesting as the film itself: reportedly, Kusturica walked off the set following a dispute with the producers and agreed to return only if the film was made on his terms. Additionally, there are two cuts of the film: the 119-minute U.S. and British version, and a 142-minute European version that was shown around the country in 1995 after the film garnered a surprising cult following, thereby broadening its exposure.