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The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

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Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Daniel Johnston ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laurie Allen Laurie Allen ... Herself
Brian Beattie Brian Beattie ... Himself
Louis Black ... Himself
David Fair David Fair ... Himself
Jad Fair Jad Fair ... Himself
Don Goede Don Goede ... Himself
Matt Groening ... Himself
Gibby Haynes ... Himself
Sally Johnston Reid Sally Johnston Reid ... Herself
Bill Johnston Bill Johnston ... Himself
Dick Johnston Dick Johnston ... Himself
Mabel Johnston Mabel Johnston ... Herself
Margie Johnston Margie Johnston ... Herself
Ken Lieck Ken Lieck ... Himself
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Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug content, and language including a sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Daniel Johnston találkozása az ördöggel See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,192, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$332,261, 13 August 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Would visit Starseeds Cafe in Austin and leave drawings on yellow legal pad paper for his favorite friends. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Johnston: I never met a girl I didn't meet.
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Connections

Featured in Visionado obligado: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Walking the Cow
Written by Daniel Johnston
Performed by Daniel Johnston
Published by Eternal Yip Eye Music (BMI)
Administered by BUG Music Publishing
Courtesy of Daniel Johnston
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One of my favorite documentaries ever
10 November 2005 | by HindinwoodSee all my reviews

I had the opportunity to see this film several days ago while working at the American Film Market, and I have been telling everyone I know to see it. I'm not sure what the deal is with a wide release, but everyone who loves documentary should see this one when it comes out.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the title character, Daniel Johnston is a manic- depressive artist/musician who currently resides in Waller, Texas with his elderly parents. I had been a fan of his music for sometime, and also having lived in Austin, had been aware of his status as a local fixture, but there was so much fascinating information divulged in this film that I never knew about. The film spans the life (up to the present) of this incredibly complex person, who truly resides in a world of his own creation. It's clear that the filmmaker has a deep appreciation and love for Johnston's work, and his world is painstakingly brought to life through animation, recreation, and wonderfully edited home movies and audio cassette tapes. His friends and family also offer insight into the various events which were pivotal in Johnston's life.

The wealth of self-documentation that Johnston has created over his life, starting from childhood, is one of the things that makes this film truly magnificent. Over the years, we can literally see this person change before our eyes, as though gradually being claimed by a dark force. The "dark force" in this case is manic depression; metaphorically The Devil for Johnston, who is a devout Christian. Johnston's struggle to connect with people he loves through the fog of his illness is devastating. While this can be difficult to watch (at least for me), there is the powerful reward of the music and drawings that Johnston has produced throughout, both in spite of and as a direct result of this struggle. That something heartbreakingly beautiful in it's simplicity and honestly can come from such a terrible struggle, is what makes this story and this film remarkable.


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