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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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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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Det. Martin
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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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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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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

Mentioned by Sophia Petrillo on Golden Girls. Sophia's line goes "I'm 94 years old, I've seen everything, twice. Except Bonfire of the Vanities, woof." - a jab at the films poor reviews. 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

D.A. Abe Weiss: We are gonna prove to these black motherfuckers... pardon my language, Howard. We are going to prove to this niggers that this administration loves them! No matter what it takes. I am no racist hymie! By November, they're are going be thinking of me as the first black district attorney of Bronx County. Huh?
Jed Kramer: Yeah.
D.A. Abe Weiss: They're gonna beg for me to be mayor. We're gonna walk away with that election!
Jed Kramer: No question.
D.A. Abe Weiss: That's what we're gonna do!
Jed Kramer: Yes!
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Referenced in SeaChange: Bonfire of the VCRs (2000) See more »

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The Storm Is Passing Over
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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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