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The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

R  |   |  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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Ray Andruitti
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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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1.85 : 1
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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

Before cuckold Arthur Ruskin dies in the restaurant, his cocktail glass alternates from between his hands to outside his hands. See more »

Quotes

Pollard Browning: Hello, Sherman.
Sherman McCoy: Good evening, Pollard.
Pollard Browning: It's raining, you know.
Sherman McCoy: I did notice, yes.
Pollard Browning: [on Sherman's dog] Ah, Sherman, a true friend to man's best friend.
Sherman McCoy: Pollard, you old phrase-maker.
Pollard Browning: I beg your pardon?
Sherman McCoy: Is that the best you can do? Is that as witty as we get?
Pollard Browning: I don't know what you're talking about. Furthermore, if you're wet when you return, take the service elevator.
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Am I Living In Vain?
Written by E. Twinky Clark
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This movie surely offended people but, forgetting PCness, is excellent and very funny.
5 February 2000 | by (Hackettstown, NJ) – See all my reviews

This is a funny film that digs at people who do take advantage of race to further their own agenda. It is not PC at all. Frankly, it is every bit as good as the book. See it with honest friends of more than one race and they will all be laughing out loud and naming one or more persons who might be portrayed. The acting is generally outstanding and the cast is first rate.

JHC


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