It is the journey of a young man, both physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. Bill Blake travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in the second half of the 19th century. Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American named Nobody who believes Blake is actualöly the dead English poet of the same name. The story, with Nobody's help, leads Bill Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent. Contrary to his nature, circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened for the fragility that defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface of a mirror, and emerges into a previously unknown world that exists on the other side.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

Written by: Jim Jarmusch

Cinematography: Robby Müller

Cast: Gary Farmer (Nobody), Johnny Depp (William Blake), Lance Henriksen (Cole Wilson)

Nominations and Awards

  • Screen International Five Continents Award 1996