Arizona Dream

on June 07, 1995 by -Michael Lightcap
Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway must enjoy working together. Perhaps they also enjoy making incomprehensibly inane movies, because that is what "Arizona Dream" is. In this UGC production, made in 1991 by Cannes favorite Emir Kusturica and slated for distribution by Warner Bros. but never released, Depp plays a New York City fish counter (he catches and weighs fish, then throws them back in the river, but why?) who's recalled to his hometown in Arizona by his obnoxious Cadillac-dealing uncle (Jerry Lewis), who wants to make a mensch salesman of him whether he likes it or not.
Instead, when Dunaway shows up as a rich eccentric widow obsessed with reinventing the biplane for jaunts around her farmland, Depp becomes her lover. Lili Taylor plays the widow's perpe-tually angry stepdaughter, performing belly-dance music on an accordion while dreaming of being reincarnated as a turtle. There is also some fish and balloon symbolism and a framing device with Eskimos. None of it makes sense. All of it is a bizarre and badly acted bore, guaranteed to clear theatres in record time. This is the director's cut; a 119-minute video version was recently released by Warner. Starring Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Jerry Lewis and Lili Taylor. Directed by Emir Kusturica. Written by David Atkins and Emir Kusturica. Produced by Claudie Ossard and Richard Brick. A Kit Parker release. Comedy/drama. Unrated. Running time: 140 min.
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