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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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From the controversial best-seller by Bret Easton Ellis 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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Psicópata americano  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$15,047,419 (USA) (21 July 2000)
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Both this film and Memento (2000) uses the song "Something in the Air" by David Bowie during the end credits. Christian Bale would later work with Memento director Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Trilogy and The Prestige (2006). Bowie also appeared in The Prestige under Nolan's direction. See more »

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While rhapsodising about Genesis' "Invisible Touch" LP, Bateman states that "Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority" on the song "Land Of Confusion." That song's lyrics were written by the band's guitarist/bassist, Mike Rutherford. But all of the songwriting credits on that Genesis album were indiscriminately credited to all three Genesis band members (Banks, Collins, Rutherford), so Patrick wouldn't necessarily know who wrote the lyrics to which specific songs. See more »

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Patrick Bateman: [faking a conversation on the phone] Now, John, you've to wear clothes in proportion to your physique. There are definite dos and don'ts, good buddy of wearing a bold striped shirt. A bold stripe shirt calls for solid colored or discreetly patterned suits and ties.
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Patrick Bateman: Yes, always tip the stylist 15%. Listen, John, I've gotta go, T. Boone Pickens just walked in.
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Patrick Bateman: Just joking. No, don't tip the owner of the salon. Okay John? Right? Got it.
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References Psycho (1960) See more »

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Walking on Sunshine
Written by Kimberley Rew (as Kimberly Rew)
Performed by Katrina & The Waves (as Katrina and the Waves)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI/Capitol Special Markets and EMI Music Publishing
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A man who never was
14 April 2000 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a frightening and wildly satiric look into the mentality of the high-flying Reaganomics 1980s as the American Dream turned into the psychotic American Nightmare. The film will probably turn as many people off as are entertained by this weird journey that is a slightly more organized cousin of FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.

Christian Bale is amazingly energetic and even sympathetic as the deranged, soul-less creature who values nothing but surface appearances. We are given a hauting roller-coaster ride through a comedy of terrors that is the mind of this being who seems human but isn't quite sure himself. In fact, he doesn't even know who or what he is.

Is he insane? Are we? That's the joker in the gamble. That's the riddle of the sphinx that we are left to solve -- if there is a solution.


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