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Rated NR · 148 minutes

Comedy

This Portuguese-French comedy contrasts two men, Henrique (portrayed by the film's director, Joao Cesar Monteiro) and Jean de Dieu, appearing in a production of Strindberg's The Inferno. Offstage, Henrique is a seaman with an adventurous life, and de Dieu is the play's director. Onstage, Henrique plays God to de Dieu's Lucifer. Henrique is introduced by de Dieu to a writer who scripts scenes in which the two meet the mythical Ariane. Shown at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival, this idiosyncratic film serves up an eccentric entree of philosophical concepts with some comedic entremets. The J.W. of the film's title is John Wayne, a reference to Henrique's fascination with Wayne's swagger.~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

Director: João César Monteiro
Writer: August Strindberg, Pier Paolo Pasolini, António Esquimó and Teixeira de Pascoaes
Producer: José Mazeda, Frédéric Sichler and Daniel Toscan du Plantier
Cast: Hugues Quester, Pierre Clémenti, Joana Azevedo, Jean Watan, João César Monteiro, Manuela de Freitas, Graziella Delerm, Luís Pavão and Alexandre Melo

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