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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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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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21 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hoguera de las vanidades  »

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$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,216,063, 21 December 1990

Gross USA:

$15,691,192
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1.85 : 1
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Bruce Willis was added to the cast to provide box office clout despite the fact that very few of his non-action movies had ever turned a profit. His fee was five million dollars, four million dollars more than top-billed Tom Hanks. See more »

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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 »

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Aubrey Buffing: The wrath of heaven must be at hand! Its justice will not tarry! I see the deadly thunderbolt poised above his head!
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Let Jesus Fix It For You
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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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