The Brave (film)

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The Brave
The Brave.jpg
Original film poster
Directed by Johnny Depp
Produced by Charles Evans, Jr.
Carroll Kemp
Screenplay by D.P. Depp
Johnny Depp
Paul McCudden
Based on Novel:
Gregory McDonald
Starring Johnny Depp
Marlon Brando
Marshall Bell
Frederic Forrest
Elpidia Carrillo
Music by Iggy Pop
Cinematography Vilko Filač
Eugene D. Shlugleit
Edited by Pasquale Buba
Hervé Schneid
Distributed by Majestic Films International
Release date
Running time
123 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million

The Brave is a 1997 film adapted from the Gregory McDonald novel of the same title directed by, co-written by and starring Johnny Depp alongside Marlon Brando.[1]

This film was Depp's directorial debut. He co-wrote the screenplay with his brother, directed and acted in it. The film was first shown at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival[2] where it received mixed reviews. The film was released in theaters and on DVD internationally, but not in the United States.


The film concerns a Native American man named Raphael who lives with his wife and two children in a remote community near a rubbish dump selling whatever he can to make a living. Raphael, seeing the hopelessness of his situation and his inability to provide for his family, agrees to star in a snuff film for a large sum of money that he hopes will give his family a chance for a better life.

Having been given the money in advance, Raphael is given a week to live and then return to be tortured and killed in front of the camera. The film follows Raphael's transformation with his relationship with his wife and children over the course of his final week of life and his own personal anguish with his fate.

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This film currently holds an approval rating of 33% on Rotten Tomatoes and 6.5 on IMDb.


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