Arizona Dream
Arizona Dream (1993)

Director Emir Kusturica and screenwriter David Atkins crafted this absurdist comedy in which Johnny Depp plays Axel Blackmer, who lives in New York State and is obsessed with fish. He tags fish and monitors their habits for a living, but… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 6, 1993
DVD Release Date: March 21, 1995
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Inscrutably strange, yet undeniably compelling, Arizona Dream is anchored by magnetic performances from Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway.

Variety Staff

Kusturica grafts his sometimes unwieldy Europe-inflected concerns onto brash American landscapes with mixed results. Much is made of dreams that, either spoken of at length or illustrated, are offered in lieu of character development.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Depp yet again reveals his unique ability to be the seductive yet compassionate idealist, discovering strength in tenderness.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though entertaining at times, it's not everyone's dream pic.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The first 'American' film by the director of Time of the Gypsies is every bit as bizarre and imaginative as his earlier work, although it's also maddeningly indulgent and erratic.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

You can't stop watching because nobody in the audience, and possibly nobody on the screen, has any idea what's going to happen next.

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TV Guide

Lewis is only slightly awful, and he and Depp have a nice rapport; Dunaway gives a particularly juicy performance; and Taylor is simply amazing, seemingly able to transform herself physically for every role she plays.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Even at its full length, showing off a more seductive rhythm and the buoyant humanism that is this director's calling card, it remains as ripe a subject for therapy as for criticism.

Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

Imagination is a gift. It bestows power, insight and the ability to dream. It takes courage to dream on a big scale, which is what Emir Kusturica does in Arizona Dream, a wonderfully absurdist comedy...

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A peculiar and entrancing gem.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
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A young New Yorker is kidnapped by his brother to attend his uncle's wedding, only to fall for an eccentric older woman obsessed with the idea of flight.… More
Cherry Darling
"I'm not going to die. I'm going to live forever until one day I wake up, and i'm a turtle." =)
Melvin White
Axel: But what's the point of breathing if somebody already tells you the difference between an apple and a bicycle? If I bite a bicycle and ride an apple,… More
Cameron Johnson
"Arizona dreamin' on such a winter's day!" Man, I just couldn't resist doing that, but I don't exactly know if that's the… More
Greg S
Johnny Depp plays a fish-tagger who reluctantly moves to Arizona to help uncle Jerry Lewis run his car dealership and becomes romantically entangled with… More
Marcus Woolcott
Two hours of random, pointless nonsense