The Brave (film)

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German title The Brave
Original title The Brave
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1997
length 117 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Johnny Depp
script Paul Mc Cudden , Johnny Depp and Daniel Depp
production Charles Evans Jr. , Carroll Kemp
music Mark Governor , Iggy Pop , JJ Holiday , Chuck E. Weiss
camera Vilko Filač
cut Pasquale Buba , Hervé Schneid

The Brave is the directorial debut of Johnny Depp , who also plays the leading role. The film was shot in 1997 in the USA .


The Indian Raphael lives with his wife and two children on a landfill . He finds himself unable to free his family from their depressing living conditions until he meets the mysterious McCarthy in town. This makes him an unusual offer: If Raphael agrees to torture him for a film and to then kill, he pays him 50,000 $ - and Raphael agrees. The film depicts the last days in the life of the young Indian and ends with entering the factory hall, in which he will lose his life.


Although the film was shown very successfully at the Cannes Film Festival and was highly praised by critics there , it received consistently poor reviews from US critics; Johnny Depp was so upset about this that he refused to release the film in the United States. The film has been released in Germany and in many other countries and is available on DVD.

Cinema : Depp's directorial debut is a letdown.



In the film, a symbol can be seen on a wall opposite the factory hall. There is u. a. from a question mark which has a cross instead of a point. Depp also used this question mark as a trademark for his then club Viper Room .

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