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The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  21 December 1990 (USA)
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After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

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Reverend Bacon
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Tom Killian
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Albert Fox
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Ray Andruitti
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Det. Martin
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Mr. McCoy
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Arthur Ruskin
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Storyline

Financial "Master of the Universe" Sherman McCoy sees his life unravel when his mistress Maria Ruskin hits a black boy with his car. When yellow journalist Peter Fallow enflames public opinion with a series of distorted tabloid articles on the accident, the case is seized upon by opportunists like Reverend Bacon and mayoral candidate D.A. Abe Weiss. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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An Outrageous Story of Greed, Lust and Vanity in America See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hoguera de las vanidades  »

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Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$15,691,192 (USA)
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Trivia

The opening time lapse photography shot was taken from the roof of the Chrysler Building in New York City. See more »

Goofs

While Reverend Bacon is accusing District Attorney Abe Weiss, the TV remote control that Weiss is using switches hands between shots. See more »

Quotes

Maria Ruskin: [while on Bronx] Sherman, I'm coming from the South and I'm starting to not like this very much!
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Referenced in Gossip Girl: Bonfire of the Vanity (2008) See more »

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Pennies From Heaven
Written by Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston
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sheer De Palma's brilliance!
1 July 2005 | by (Bosnia and Herzegovina) – See all my reviews

Its a pity people don't get this film, but its a real shame most of the critics do not, either! This is the finest film I've ever seen, De Palma's best by far.

What you need to realize about this film is its complex ironical code. If you cant get the irony, the "movie" will seem pointless to you.

Stylistically, this is De Palma's most remarkable film, built on theatrical acting, pulling the limits of conventional movie acting to the very edge. The whole cast is just brilliant! Follow the camera, its angles and plans; the twisted camera perspective is the most significant technical instrument to produce ironical effect in this film. Everything which is said and done in this film can be observed not only in virtual, but also in metaphorical manner, and that is where rich political symbolics come from.

This is the film which successfully unites political and aesthetic aspect in a lovely and inspired interplay, and it is highly recommended to anyone trying to cultivate his taste.


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