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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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(screenplay), (novel)
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Reverend Bacon
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Tom Killian
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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

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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

At the very beginning of the opening tracking shot, as the limousine carrying Bruce Willis enters the basement, director Brian DePalma is the first person seen on screen - as the security guard saying "Now arriving Area A" into a walkie-talkie. He hurries off-screen and is next seen seated on the rear of the golf-cart, behind Bruce Willis and Rita Wilson, still "talking" into his walkie-talkie. When the cart stops, DePalma once again runs off ahead of the actors. It was necessary to put himself into this sequence due to the logistics of directing the lengthy and complicated take, and in order to remain unrecognizable he shaved off his trademark beard. See more »

Goofs

When McCoy gets off the subway, we see he is riding the number 1 train and he gets off at 77th Street station. First of all, the number 1 train runs on the west side of Manhattan, no where near his Park Avenue residence on the east side, and second, there are no 77th Street stops on the number 1 line. See more »

Quotes

Peter Fallow: [narrating] It was all over. There was no hope now. The darkness closed in around them. And then I noticed the most peculiar thing. Sherman was smiling.
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Connections

Referenced in Gossip Girl: Bonfire of the Vanity (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade in G (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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What was wrong with this movie to get such bad reviews? I actually liked it.
24 November 2003 | by (Conn) – See all my reviews

Bonfire of the vanities. A movie that has the reputation of being awful. I didn't think so. I saw it a long time ago but liked it. I have heard so much about how bad this movie was and never understood why. It isn't the best movie definitely not but there are so many BAD movies-this movie had a message (a pretty sad one) and the story was Involving. My attention was captured. I wanted to see what would happen next.

This movie is so true to life. There ARE people out there whose actions would be worse then some in this movie. People whose lives are motivated by greed. (The worst bad movie out there that I've seen that tells the story of truly horrendous people motivated by greed and power is "in the company of men". Much more unpleasant then this movie.) This movie, I GUESS is controversial, not considered as good as the book and maybe it was ahead of its time. I think it's worth seeing though and would give it a 7.


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