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American Psycho (2000)

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

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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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Killer inside. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$15,047,419 (USA) (21 July 2000)
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In the early 1990s, Bret Easton Ellis wrote a script for David Cronenberg, with young Brad Pitt attached to the lead role. Based on Ellis, Cronenberg hated the restaurant and nightclub scenes, and didn't want to shoot the violence. When Ellis basically ignored these requests, disappointed Cronenberg hired his own writer, and when that didn't work out either, left the project. Ellis also wrote another pass on the script for producer Rob Weiss in 1995 before director/writer Mary Harron (and Oliver Stone at some point) came aboard. See more »

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When being questioned by Detective Kimball, Patrick states on the night of Paul Allen's murder, he was at dinner with a woman named "Veronica". Later, however, when he and Kimball are at lunch, he says he must have had dinner with "Victoria" the following night. He changed the name of the woman. While it is possible Patrick got mixed up, it is unlikely a man of his organization would do such a thing when faced in such a situation. See more »

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Patrick Bateman: I'm on a diet.
Jean: What, you're kidding, right? You look great... so fit... and thin.
Patrick Bateman: Well, you can always be thinner... look better.
Jean: Then maybe we shouldn't go out to dinner. I wouldn't want you to lose your willpower.
Patrick Bateman: That's okay. I'm not very good at controlling it anyway.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Sussudio
Written by Phil Collins
Performed by Phil Collins
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products, Virgin Records America and Hit & Run Music Publishing Inc.
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Christian Bale the new Peter Cushing
6 October 2008 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Now it all makes sense. Christian Bale was born to play horror characters. I couldn't understand why I was so , so, afraid of him even in films like "Velvet Goldmine" He is a poster boy for putrid souls in elegant wrapping. In "American Psycho" - a film that deserves much more attention than it's got - he is absolutely terrific. Totally believable. I could sense his delight in playing a monster of this kind. Interestingly enough this manicured monster seems to be asking for sympathy, imagine the nerve! But Christian Bale succeeds in showing us a face we (I) hadn't quite seen before and yet we (I) accept without question. He should have gotten an Oscar nomination but, fortunately, he didn't.


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