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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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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 | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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21 December 1990 (USA)  »

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La hoguera de las vanidades  »

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$47,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,691,192 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Steve Martin was the original choice to play Sherman McCoy. Director Mike Nichols left the project and was replaced by Brian De Palma, who also wanted Martin for the role. The producers wanted Tom Hanks cast instead. See more »

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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 Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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Let Jesus Fix It For You
Written by Milton Biggham
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Under-rated
11 January 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This film will probably be re-discovered in later years and be described as the classic--albeit flawed--that it really is. The script is excellent in places and neatly captures the irreverence and cynicism that this kind of satire needs. People have criticised this film merely on the basis of wanting to shoot down the successful careers of those working on it---but I suspect that Willis, Hanks, De Palma,et al, will be secretly pleased that they have this lost treasure in their back catalogues to be resurrected and discussed long after their more popular films might be.


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