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American Psycho (2000)

R | | Crime, Drama | 14 April 2000 (USA)
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A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, 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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I think my mask of sanity is about to slip See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 USA:

$4,961,015, 16 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,070,285, 30 July 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The vast majority of the dialogue in the movie is taken word-for-word from the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. See more »


(at around 1h 28 mins) When Bateman is using the pay phone on Park Avenue, the skyscraper in the background says "MetLife", when it should say "Pan Am". Although the building was sold by Pan Am to Met Life in the 1980s, the name displayed on the building wasn't changed until the early 1990s. See more »


[first lines]
Waiter #1: Our pasta this evening is squid ravioli in a lemon grass broth with goat cheese profiteroles, and I also have an arugula Caesar salad. For entrees this evening, I have swordfish meatloaf with onion marmalade, rare roasted partridge breast in raspberry coulis with a sorrel timbale.
Waiter #2: ...and grilled free-range rabbit with herbed french fries. Our pasta tonight is a squid ravioli in a lemon grass broth, and the fish tonight is a grilled...
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Featured in Shameful Sequels: American Psycho 2 (2013) See more »


Paid In Full (Coldcut Remix)
Written by Eric B. (as E. Barrier) and Rakim (as W. Griffin)
Traditional Arranged by Nagari
Performed by Eric B. & Rakim
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Interesting, always interesting!
22 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

By the end, I didn't know what to make of it, but now I understand the film much better. This film is must viewing, it brings out the truth about today's world - Nothing but material values matter, we live empty lives, we think empty thoughts, we are empty people, life is boring.

Christian Bale is awesome, quality acting! Willem Dafoe was underused, I didn't think the support cast had the same quality material as Bale.

The photography is stylish, very 80s gloss!

The direction is terrific, wonderful camera work.

Overall, see it, it's satire, black comedy, social commentary and more!

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