Dead Man is the story of a young man’s journey, both physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. William Blake travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American, named “Nobody,” who believes Blake is actually the dead English poet of the same name. The story, with Nobody’s help, leads William Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent. Contrary to his nature, circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened to the fragility that defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface of a mirror, and emerges into a previously-unknown world that exists on the other side.
- On his way to a new job in the frontier town of Machine, William Blake receives a warning from a train fireman. In this scene: William Blake (Johnny Depp), Train Fireman (Crispin Glover)
- William has a run-in with a group of insane fur trappers, all of whom seem oddly obsessed with him. In this scene: William Blake (Johnny Depp), Nobody (Gary Farmer), Salvatore 'Sally' Jenko (Iggy Pop), Benmont Tench (Jared Harris), Big George Drakoulious (Billy Bob Thornton)
- Angry over the murder of his son and his stolen pinto, Mr. Dickinson hires three ruthless killers to hunt down William. In this scene: Cole Wilson (Lance Henriksen), Conway Twill (Michael Wincott), John Scholfield (John Hurt), John Dickinson (Robert Mitchum)