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Don Juan DeMarco (1994)



Critic Consensus: Don Juan DeMarco proves that a slight story can translate to entertaining cinema if it's acted out by a pair of well-matched professionals enjoying their craft.

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A psychiatrist treats a most unusual patient, only to find that the doctor is the one who gains the most from their sessions in this philosophical romantic comedy. A young man in a mask and cape (played by Johnny Depp) is standing atop a billboard, threatening to jump. When the potential suicide is finally talked down, he's brought to a psychiatric facility where after one doctor washes his hands of the case, he's placed under the supervision of Dr. Jack Mickler (Marlon Brando), an aging psychiatrist soon to retire. The patient informs Mickler that he is actually the great lover Don Juan, who has seduced over 1,500 women, but has fallen into a deep depression after being unable to win the hand of the woman of his dreams. Mickler has ten days to work with "Don Juan," after which he will either be released on medication or committed to a long-term stay in a mental hospital. As Mickler talks with the young man, who speaks rapturously of the art of love, the doctor finds that his philosophies are helping to kick start his failing relationship with his wife (Faye Dunaway), and he slowly becomes convinced that his patient might really be Don Juan after all. Don Juan DeMarco's theme song, "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," became a major hit for singer and songwriter Bryan Adams; after working with Marlon Brando on this film, Johnny Depp cast the legendary actor in a key supporting role in his directorial debut, The Brave. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Marlon Brando
as Jack Mickler
Johnny Depp
as Don Juan DeMarco
Faye Dunaway
as Marilyn Mickler
Bob Dishy
as Dr. Paul Showalter
Rachel Ticotin
as Dona Inez
Talisa Soto
as Dona Julia
Marita Geraghty
as Woman in Restaurant
Teresa Hughes
as Grandmother DeMarco
Richard C. Sarafian
as Det. Sy Tobias
Tresa Hughes
as Grandmother DeMarco
Stephen Singer
as Dr. Bill Dunsmore
Franc Luz
as Don Antonio
Carmen Argenziano
as Don Alfonzo
Jo Champa
as Sultana Gulbeyaz
Esther Scott
as Nurse Alvira
Nada Despotovich
as Nurse Gloria
as Auctioneer
Gilbert Lewis
as Judge Ryland
Tommy "Tiny" Lister
as Rocco Compton
Tom Mardirosian
as Baba the Eunuch
Al Corley
as Woman's Date
Nick LaTour
as Nicholas the Doorman
Patricia Mauceri
as Dona Querida
Sara Mansfield
as Harem Girl
Cliff Weissman
as Delivery Man No. 1
Michael Malota
as Young Don Juan
Renee Sicignano
as Flower Girl
Sanjay Chandani
as Auctioneer
Diane Lee Hart
as Night Duty Nurse
Joni Kramer
as Nurse No. 1
Shirlee Reed
as Nurse No. 2
Ken Gutstein
as Doctor No. 1
Adriana Jardini
as Social Worker
Rosendo Casillas
as Mariachi Band Member
Esperanza DonLucas
as Mariachi Band Member
Ramirez Filberto
as Mariachi Band Member
Santiago García
as Mariachi Band Member
Ernesto V. Molina
as Mariachi Band Member
Fernando C. Moreno
as Mariachi Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Don Juan DeMarco

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12)

The film has its slow patches, and its fragile illusion probably doesn't stand up to close scrutiny. But, mostly, it dances on a very fine knife's edge between charm and absurdity, an irresistible paean to the art of kiss-kiss.

April 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The movie, written and directed by Jeremy Leven, may not be one for the ages, but it's a pleasant, involving experience that intermixes fairy-tale romance with modern, deadpan comedy.

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Though the material is thin, the actors do seem to be getting a kick out of playing off each other.

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

The film's greatest asset is its glorious acting, with special accolades to Brando, who here delivers yet another magnificent "comeback" performance.

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a joy to see Brando throwing himself into the spirit of the thing, ardently courting his perplexed wife of 30 years, a ravished Dunaway (they share a lovely five-minute bed scene -- in one, uninterrupted take).

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Don Juan is a glorious nut-case, played well by Depp, who mixes a faux nobleman's hauteur with an air of gentleness and longing. The film gets off track only when it makes him too self-aware.

November 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Don Juan DeMarco


Marlon Brando seems miscast in this film but this is compensated by a passionate Johnny Depp, who shines as an incurable, eternal romantic. A refreshing story about love and romance, and the main song will be stuck in your head for quite a while after the movie is over.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


This is an extremely charming, fun, and romantic film about a psychiatrist who is given ten days (his final ten days before his retirement as it turns out) to treat a young patient who believes with all of his being that he is Don Juan, the world's greatest lover. Problems arise when the doc, and some of the hospital staff, all start to fall under his magical spell and get swept away by his cham, passion, and presence. This film is mostly light, but tons of fun and very charming. Johhny Depp is excellent, and he has a field day playing Don Juan. Marlon Brando is decent, and it's fun seeing him go toe to toe with Depp, but this isn't one of his better performances. It's not terrible, but he looks like he's mostly coasting through it. Dunaway is okay, but I would have liked her role to have maybe been a little more substantial. The music and cinematography are both great, and, though this film feels maybe a little undercooked, it's still satisfying enough.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

I rarely get girly over heart-throb Actors, but if Johnny Depp wasn't tempting enough, in this film he appears as the World's greatest lover too! A romanticised Drama, with a phychological touch, enjoyable and easy watching.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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