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Johnny Berlin
Johnny Berlin
Actor: Jon Hyrns
Director: Dominic DeJoseph
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2007     0hr 55min

With a dry wit and self-effacing humor, as well as an endearing eccentricity, Jon Hyrns gives voice to his life and dreams in Dominic J. DeJoseph's hour-long documentary, narrating a journey that traverses much of the West...  more »


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Actor: Jon Hyrns
Director: Dominic DeJoseph
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Cash, Johnny, Documentary
Studio: Indiepix
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/15/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 0hr 55min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Take a great train ride!
Margaret Sky | Pocono Mountains, PA USA | 03/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I viewed "Johnny Berlin" several times and each time it was just as enjoyable as the first. If you love trains, you will especially enjoy this film. The director takes you aboard a beautiful 1930's mahogany-interior Pullman-car train as if you just purchased a ticket for this great trip. The intriguing conversation with the porter, Johnny Berlin, who has the ability to mesmerize you with his genuine on-going conversation and stories, will make you laugh, cry and utterly astound you. You have to see it to believe it. One person inhabits most of this film, Johnny Berlin. You will be captivated as you watch this film. You will feel as if you are actually riding this great train to its destination. This film is an unusual and brilliant work of art."
Buy this DVD, you won't be sorry...
John Damien | Pennsylvania | 05/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"You may end up crying-laughing, but is there any shame in that? This is one of the greatest character-portrait documentaries ever made, and it's also one of the funniest!"
A Road Trip Through the Center of your Psyche-Clone
poet-magus | 04/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I found "Johnny Berlin" linked on Francis Ford Coppola's Web site ( as one of his "Zoetrouper films on DVD." So, I am in pretty good company when I say that this film by Dominic J. DeJoseph is poignant, entertaining, witty, and well worth watching. DeJoseph is a masterful filmmaker and he selects his subjects with an eye towards the unique and unusual. Paradoxically, these qualities are often to be found in the commonest of people and situations. "Johnny Berlin" is no exception. Watching this film for me was like opening a super-fresh bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups at Halloween and digging in: once I began to indulge, I couldn't stop; the scenes were that good. I could relate to this porter, this Johnny Berlin, and his road trip through scenery and psyche. Is he Everyman? If so, maybe Everyman is weirder than we think. Watch the film. If you do, I imagine you will begin to know Johnny Berlin. And your soul will be that much semi-happier for the experience."
Beat goes on ...
Federico | Hazleton, PA | 10/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First Jack Kerouac, then Tom Waits, and now ... Johnny Berlin. This melancholy portrait of a train porter who's dreams have been stilted by economic hardship is made in the tradition of the early films of Errol Morris, Les Blank, and Werner Herzog. The man in the porter's hat who is the subject of this documentary would be considered troubled by some, but he finds his way past his own demons by using the smokescreen of humor. In these times, Johnny Berlin is an imperfect hero with the perfect solution.

This is the first in a series. The second is here ... Johnny Berlin Part 2: Notes From the Dumpster"