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Bret Easton Ellis (novel)
Harley Peyton (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 November 1987 (USA) See more »
In Beverly Hills, you can have anything your heart desires. You just can't have it the way it used to be. See more »
A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Andrew McCarthy ... Clay

Jami Gertz ... Blair

Robert Downey Jr. ... Julian

James Spader ... Rip

Tony Bill ... Bradford Easton

Nicholas Pryor ... Benjamin Wells

Donna Mitchell ... Elaine Easton

Michael Bowen ... Hop

Sarah Buxton ... Markie
Lisanne Falk ... Patti

Michael Greene ... Robert Wells
Neith Hunter ... Alana

Afton Smith ... Kim
Brian Wimmer ... Trent

Kelly Wolf ... Lile
David Colby ... Kid #3

Anthony Kiedis ... Musician #3 (as Cole Dammett)

Flea ... Musician #1

Brittain Frye ... Teenager #2
Jack Irons ... Musician #4
Afrika Islam ... D. J.
Kris Jorgenson ... Bouncer
Jeannette Kerner ... Margery Easton
Lee Kissinger ... Photographer
Moya Kordick ... Liz
Jayne Modean ... Cindy
Jude Mussetter ... Alice
Jessica Puscas ... Little Girl

Jandi Swanson ... Jenny
Eric Walker ... Seth Wells
Scott Warner ... Teenager #1
John Yurasek ... Naked Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kevin Deon ... Extra (uncredited)
Noelle Hannibal ... Party girl / graduate (uncredited)

Christopher Maleki ... Guy at Party (uncredited)

Brad Pitt ... Partygoer / Preppie Kid at Fight (uncredited)
Louis E. Rosas ... Club Rocker (uncredited)

Jackie Swanson ... Party Girl (uncredited)
Robert von Dassanowsky ... Party guest (uncredited)
Jennifer Wellings ... Tall Gothic Girl at Club (uncredited)

Directed by
Marek Kanievska 
Writing credits
Bret Easton Ellis (novel)

Harley Peyton (screenplay)

Produced by
Jon Avnet .... producer
Jordan Kerner .... producer
Marvin Worth .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter E. Berger 
Michael Tronick 
Casting by
David Rubin 
Production Design by
Barbara Ling 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Nye 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
Makeup Department
Adam Christopher .... makeup artist
Angelo Di Biase .... hair stylist (as Angelo DiBiase)
Deborah Figuly .... makeup artist
Barbara O'Neill .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
S. Michael Formica .... production manager: second unit
Kurt Neumann .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robin Holding .... second assistant director
Deborah Love .... first assistant director
Jeff Rafner .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
Mike Arbios .... swing gang
Michel J. Briere .... carpenter (as Michael J. Briere)
Dean R. Brown .... construction foreman (as Dean Brown)
Jeff Casto .... carpenter
Michael Conn .... carpenter
Cosmas A. Demetriou .... assistant art director (as Cosmas Demetriou)
R. Scott Doran .... set dresser
Erin Ellwood .... set dresser
Jeremie Frank .... scenic artist
Trish Gallaher Glenn .... property master (as Trisha Gallaher)
Michael Gastaldo .... assistant property master
Margaret Goldsmith .... set dresser
Sean Haworth .... art department assistant
Scott Head .... carpenter
James Hegedus .... storyboard artist
Curt Jackson .... scenic paint foreman
Dea McKibben .... set dresser
Chuck McSorley .... leadman
John Moore .... carpenter
Regina O'Brien .... visual assistant
Randy Severino .... swing gang
Frank Viviano .... construction coordinator
Ron Woods .... assistant property master
Kelly Granite .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... sound mixer (as Glenn Berkovitz)
David E. Campbell .... re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Daniel F. Finnerty .... assistant sound editor
Frank Garfi .... sound recording engineer
Kimberly Harris .... sound editor
Tom Hartig .... cable man
Denise Horta .... supervising adr editor
Joseph A. Ippolito .... sound editor (as Joey Ippolito)
Larry Mann .... sound editor
Victoria Martin .... foley editor
Kevin E. Patterson .... boom operator (as Kevin Patterson)
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Gregg Rudloff .... re-recording mixer
George Watters II .... supervising sound editor
Gary Wright .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Ron Grudon .... special effects assistant (as Ron Grunden)
Danny Lester .... special effects (as Dan Lester)
Janet Brady .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gil Combs)
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
Tim A. Davison .... stunts (as Tim Davison)
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Tim Gilbert .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunt coordinator
Gary Hymes .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunts
Noon Orsatti .... stunts
Karen Price .... stunts
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Spike Silver .... stunts
Jerry Spicer .... stunts (as Jeremy Spicer)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Adams .... second grip
Herb Ault .... key grip
James D. Ault .... grip (as J.D. Ault)
John Clifford .... still photographer
Sean Cohen .... electrician
Michael Danesky .... rigging gaffer
James A. Earley .... grip (as Jim Earley)
Mark Gambino .... grip
Bruce Alan Greene .... Steadicam operator
Jonathan D. Guerra .... lamp operator (as Jon Guerra)
Bob Hall .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Danny Jimenez .... dolly grip
Frank Krejsa .... best boy rigging
Walt Lloyd .... camera operator
Gregory Lundsgaard .... Steadicam operator (as Greg Lundsgaard)
Michael A. McFadden .... grip (as Mike McFadden)
Frank Scheidbach .... best boy
Jonathan Sharpe .... second assistant cameraman
John Shoemaker .... lamp operator
Mark Simon .... assistant cameraman
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator
Kevin Mulvey .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lisa Beach .... casting assistant
Rich King .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Camille Argus .... costume supervisor
Joan Hunter .... costumer
Sara Markowitz .... costumer
David Page .... costumer
Editorial Department
Fred Dawson .... apprentice editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Duerrstein)
Arthur Tostado .... color timer
George C. Villaseñor .... assistant editor
Craig Zisk .... editorial coordinator
Benjamin Rapoport .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Robin Citrin .... location manager
Taman McCall .... assistant location manager
Allen Tinkley .... assistant location manager (as Alan Tinkley)
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
David Lyons .... music consultant
Maria Newman .... musician
John Richards .... music scoring mixer
Rick Rubin .... music supervisor
Chas Smith .... exotic instruments
John Vigran .... music scoring mixer
James B. Campbell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Rick Cox .... musician (uncredited)
Kenneth Karman .... music editor (uncredited)
Thomas Newman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ken Peterson .... transportation coordinator
Kenneth Strong .... transportation captain (as Ken Strong)
Bob Wachs .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jackie Brady Baugh .... production accountant (as Jackie Baugh)
Charles W. Belisle .... craft service (as Rusty Belisle)
Steven Buhai .... production assistant
Sebastian Casadesus .... assistant: Mr. Kanievska
Carol Chacamaty .... assistant: Mr. Avnet
Richard Clark .... video consultant
Jim Dalessandro .... production assistant
Dorothy Davis .... assistant: Mr. Kerner
Gregory A. Gale .... production assistant
Suzie Greene .... assistant: Mr. Kanievska
Sean Haworth .... production assistant
Martin Huberty .... production assistant
Kelly Lampert .... assistant: Mr. Avnet
David Landau .... production assistant
Rik Lander .... video multiscreen assistant
Bruce Loeb .... security
Peter Boyd Maclean .... video multiscreen supervisor (as Peter Boyd MacLean)
Richard Mirisch .... production assistant
Richard Murken .... production assistant (as Rick Murken)
Reinhart 'Rayteam' Peschke .... technical supervisor (as Reinhart G. Peschke)
Laura Petticord .... production assistant
Carla Plucknett .... production secretary
Trudy Ramirez .... script supervisor
William F. Rose Jr. .... assistant accountant (as Bill Rose Jr.)
Lata Ryan .... production coordinator
Frank Scheidbach .... assistant technical supervisor
Anne Marie Stein .... unit publicist
Lynne White .... production coordinator: second unit (as Lynne Kalbsleisch)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Eletra Casadei .... the producers wish to thank
Tommy Mottola .... the producers wish to thank
Margery Simkin .... the producers wish to thank

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Belgium:KNT/ENA (video rating) | Canada:18A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (No. 28819) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

There is speculation that the character of Clay was based on Bret Easton Ellis himself and that the events in the novel reflect the real life experiences of the author.See more »
Miscellaneous: Michael Bowen plays the character of Rip's enforcer in the film. He is only ever referred to as "Bill", but is incorrectly called "Hop" in the end credits.See more »
Rip:I'm not the problem here. Julian is the problem.See more »
Life Fades AwaySee more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Less Than Zero: An Underrated Piece of 80's cinema, 7 May 2011
Author: ifilmstuf24 from United States

Before watching "Less Than Zero", I had read the book and was aware of the criticism this movie gets for not being anything like Bret Easton Ellis' first book. After watching it, I would definitely agree that it is nothing like the book, but I did like it for what it was.

Clay (McCarthy) is coming back to Los Angeles for the Holidays. He meets up with his old Girlfriend, Blair (Gertz) and Best Friend, Julian (Downey). Clay last caught them in bed together during a Thanksgiving visit. It seems that for the past few months, Julian has developed a serious cocaine addiction that has put him $50,000 in debt with his vicious Coke Dealer, Rip (Spader).

So what can I say? The film looks terrific. The Cinematography by Edward Lachman is amazing, and it is also highlighted by Thomas Newman's haunting score. The performances are great, particularly Robert Downey Jr as Julian (Who I think plays the part pretty accurately as his counterpart from the book), and although Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz get a lot of bashing for their performances, I think they're both quite effective. And Also worth noting is James Spader as Rip, who seems almost like an even slimier version of "Stef" from "Pretty in Pink".

Although it has its critics and it isn't an adaptation of the book, I personally love this movie and think that it deserves more credit than it gets.

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