• The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005)

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: September 19th, 2006

PG-13 |1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary

Filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig chronicles the life of a manic-depressive musician and artist, using a blend of home movies, Johnston's own audiotapes, vintage performances and current footage. Johnston has recorded more than 10 full-length albums and amassed a prolific portfolio of sketches, and has among his supporters Matt Groening, David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Beck, and Tom Waits.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Complex Corporation

Keywords: Creative, Quest, Transformation, 2000s, Intense, 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    There are frightening moments, as when he attacks an elderly woman he thinks is possessed by devils. And revelatory, heartbreaking ones, which can make you think that maybe he is a genius, after all. show more

  • 100
    Elizabeth WeitzmanNew York Daily News

    Feuerzeig's film - everything a good documentary should be - is a story of family, friendship, art and fame, as seen through the prisms of exceptional beauty and deepest pain. show more

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Whatever one's opinion of Johnston's art, this is documentary filmmaking at its finest. show more

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