'Dead Man' is a story of a young man's journey both psychically and spiritually into the extreme Western frontiers of America sometime in the second half of the 19th Century. William Blake is lost and badly wounded, when he encounters very odd, outcast native American named "Nobody", who believes Blake is actually dead English poet of the same name. Both comical and violent, Blake has been thrown into chaotic world as though he has passed though a surface of mirrors and emerges into a previously unknown world that exists on the other side.
This film is very much in the style of a black-and-white photograph of the Old West - lots of bearded men in fur coats looking suitably weird. It is intriguing at the start but soon gets tiresome and its dream-like quality becomes irritating. The acting is wooden, and the characters have little appeal. The best scene is the last.
Following a very thin plot ,each scene punctuated by an irritating use of fade-to-black. The dirge like sound track was in keeping ,but I think was another missed opportunity, as with the overall depressing depiction of the country at that point in its history.
Best part has to be the scene with Robert Mitchum.