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American Psycho (2000)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  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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Patrick Bateman, a young, well to do man working on wall street at his father's company kills for no reason at all. As his life progresses his hatred for the world becomes more and more intense. Written by Fabian DuBois <>

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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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The business cards belonging to Patrick Bateman, David Van Patten, Timothy Bryce and Paul Allen each contain the same typo. On the top right, underneath where the company name "Pierce & Pierce" is listed, the department is written as "Mergers and Aquisitions" rather than "Mergers and Acquisitions." See more »


(possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In one of the last scenes where Patrick enters a bar/restaurant, a door to his left has a sign on it saying 'NO EXIT'. However, in the last scene where Patrick is sat down and takes a drink from his glass the door behind him now reads 'THIS IS NOT AN EXIT'. See more »


Patrick Bateman: There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there.
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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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