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American Psycho (2000)

R  |   |  Drama  |  14 April 2000 (USA)
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A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.



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Homeless Man


Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. Written by Lion Films

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From the controversial best-seller by Bret Easton Ellis See more »



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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Psicópata americano  »

Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,961,015 (USA) (14 April 2000)


ESP 466,785,361 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the novel, Elizabeth (Guinevere Turner) gives Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) the nickname "Batman" (the result of removing the letter "E" from his surname). Bale later played Batman in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). See more »


When Patrick Bateman is being questioned for the first time by Detective Kimball, a pill bottle appears in front of him on the desk blotter between shots. See more »


Evelyn Williams: You're inhuman.
Patrick Bateman: No... I'm in touch with humanity.
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Secreil Nicht
Performed by Mediaeval Baebes (as The Mediaeval Baebes)
Taken from the album "Undrentide"
Courtesy of BMG Classics and Targo Entertainment Corp.
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A must see
23 April 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Having read the novel by Easton-Ellis a year ago I was intrigued to find out how it could be made into a movie.

Whilst turned off by the totally uneccesary details of Batemans crimes in the book, I felt that Easton's insight into superficial 80's yuppie culture made it a classic.

Who could play a credible Bateman? Leonardo Di Caprio? I think not.

How would Mary Harron deal with those controversial torture scenes?

What we got was one of the finest movies I have seen for some time. Of course, those of closed minds will slate this film without even bothering to see it, simply because of the book's notoriety.

I was impressed to see how closely Harron followed the book, replacing the un-filmable seens with suggestion, aka ear-cutting scene from resevior dogs, so that you believe you have seen more than you have. There are more parallels with Tarantino, such as the use of classic (& non classic ) 80's pop to create a stylised feel to the movie, that has not been seen since Pulp Fiction.

Casting was superb, with Cristian Bale giving the performance of a lifetime, We, the audience, saw the souless monster within, Batemans superficial aquaintences, saw another faceless human being.

Just like the book, you are never sure wether Batemans crimes are real, or just imaginary, but his slide into insanity is clearly real and paced expertly by Bale.

Rheese Witherspoon as Evelyn was disappointing, "Election" showed what a great actress she is and although this role called for an airhead performance, it was clear that she was cruising.

Mary Harron deserves the credit for creating an excellent film, that could have so easily been just another slasher movie.

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