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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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Jeff Feuerzeig

Writer:

Jeff Feuerzeig
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

Born January 22, 1961, the late Daniel Johnston began expressing himself through art as a child while doctors struggled to accurately diagnose his unusual behavior. In addition to drawing prolifically, he began using a boombox record curiously stirring songs to cassette tape in high school. Following his brother to Texas, he eventually landed in Austin, working unskilled jobs while continuing to record and self-distribute music to friends and friendly strangers. It was clear to everyone that Daniel was not a typical artist - a disquieting innocence, with references to both light and dark spiritual forces, were evident throughout his work. It was this distinctive voice that compelled local musicians to share his art beyond Austin's city limits, culminating in respected indie musicians like Tom Waits, Beck, and Wilco to either record his songs or reach out to collaborate. Four years in the making, THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON honors the complex artistry of Daniel Johnston while ... Written by Mae Moreno

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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:

$334,450

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$430,982
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

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 Segundo aniversario (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

True Love Will Find You in the End
Written by Daniel Johnston
Published by Eternal Yip Eye Music (BMI)
Administered by BUG Music Publishing
Performed by Sonic Boom
Courtesy of Adasam Ltd.
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fantastic study of mental illness, and our desire to romanticise
11 January 2007 | by chrissyresidesSee all my reviews

I watched this knowing that I am not a big fan of the music of Daniel Johnston, but found it ceaselessly moving and fascinating. No just because of Daniel's unstoppable creativity and heartbreaking slump into ever increasing circles of mental illness, but because of the honesty of people around him. Saying that they were scared, that they just wanted him to go to hospital and get better, the truth... I really thought this film would be a bog standard "worship the romantic tortured genius" thing, but it actually gave you a really authentic feeling of how terrifying and uncontrollable mental illness truly is. Also, let's see more Daniel Johnston cartoons, the bit with the eye ball flying out of the head on the stack of comic books was absolute genius.


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