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The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

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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(screenplay), (novel)
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Jed Kramer
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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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Mr. McCoy
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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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Take one Wall Street tycoon, his Fifth Avenue mistress, a reporter hungry for fame, and make the wrong turn in The Bronx...then sit back and watch the sparks fly. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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

Morgan Freeman replaced Alan Arkin, when director Brian De Palma decided to change the judge's ethnicity, from Jewish to African-American, to moderate criticism of the film's racial politics. 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

D.A. Abe Weiss: And now they're gonna sue the hospital... All they want is money. Can you imagine using a tragedy like this for your own selfish motives?
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References Foreign Correspondent (1940) See more »

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That's Life
Written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon
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Excellent satire
23 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Profound exploration of the anatomy and course of a greedy, ambitious and self-centered life, in its various forms (through several characters with unique forms of greed and ambition and lust). Various people get their just dues in humorous, often unexpected ways. Really satisfying and clever movie.


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