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American Psycho -- Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancée (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose.
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American Psycho -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Christian Bale ... Patrick Bateman

Justin Theroux ... Timothy Bryce

Josh Lucas ... Craig McDermott

Bill Sage ... David Van Patten

Chloë Sevigny ... Jean

Reese Witherspoon ... Evelyn Williams

Samantha Mathis ... Courtney Rawlinson

Matt Ross ... Luis Carruthers

Jared Leto ... Paul Allen

Willem Dafoe ... Donald Kimball

Cara Seymour ... Christie

Guinevere Turner ... Elizabeth

Stephen Bogaert ... Harold Carnes
Monika Meier ... Daisy

Reg E. Cathey ... Homeless Man
Blair Williams ... Waiter #1

Marie Dame ... Victoria
Kelley Harron ... Bargirl
Patricia Gage ... Mrs. Wolfe

Krista Sutton ... Sabrina

Landy Cannon ... Man at Pierce & Pierce
Park Bench ... Stash

Catherine Black ... Vanden
Margaret Ma ... Dry Cleaner Woman
Peter Tufford Kennedy ... Hamilton

Mark Pawson ... Humphrey Rhineback
Jessica Lau ... Facialist
Lilette Wiens ... Maitre Dí
Glen Marc Silot ... Waiter
Charlotte Hunter ... Libby
Kiki Buttignol ... Caron
Joyce R. Korbin ... Woman at ATM (as Joyce Korbin)
Reuben Thompson ... Waiter #2

Bryan Renfro ... Night Watchman

Ross Gibby ... Man Outside Store
Christina McKay ... Young Woman

Alan McCullough ... Man in Stall (as Allan McCullough)

Anthony Lemke ... Marcus Halberstram
Connie Chen ... Gwendolyn Ichiban
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marilyn Burns ... Sally Hardesty (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brett Alexander Davidson ... Bartender (uncredited)

Gina Diaz ... Club Patron (uncredited)

Gunnar Hansen ... Leatherface (archive footage) (uncredited)

Peter Loung ... Dancer (uncredited)

Joseph Oliveira ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Leanne Poirier Greenfield ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Somaya Reece ... Bar Girl (uncredited)

Kate Steen ... Pierce & Pierce Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Mary Harron 
Writing credits
Bret Easton Ellis (novel)

Mary Harron (screenplay) &
Guinevere Turner (screenplay)

Produced by
Ernie Barbarash .... co-producer
Alessandro Camon .... co-producer
Joseph Drake .... executive producer
Christian Halsey Solomon .... producer
Chris Hanley .... producer
Victoria Hirst .... line producer
Gretchen McGowan .... line producer: title sequence
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Edward R. Pressman .... producer
Jeff Sackman .... executive producer
Clifford Streit .... co-producer
Rob Weiss .... co-producer
Original Music by
John Cale 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Sekula 
Film Editing by
Andrew Marcus 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Gideon Ponte 
Art Direction by
Andrew M. Stearn  (as Andrew Stearn)
Set Decoration by
Jeanne Develle 
Costume Design by
Isis Mussenden 
Makeup Department
Margot Boccia .... key makeup artist: New York
Katherine Hill .... assistant makeup artist
Etheline Joseph .... assistant hair stylist
Lucy Orton .... key hair stylist
John Quaglia .... key hair stylist: New York (as John D. Quaglia)
Sandra Wheatle .... key makeup artist
Renee Chan .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lauren McLaughlin .... executive in charge of production
Peter Pastorelli .... production manager: New York unit
Keitha M. Redmond .... assistant production manager
Philip Stilman .... post-production supervisor
David Hillary .... production leader (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Apicella .... first assistant director: title sequence
Cassandra Cronenberg .... third assistant director
Jennifer Deathe .... second assistant director
Paul Hogan .... DGA trainee: New York
Andrew Marcus .... second unit director
Elizabeth Parker .... trainee assistant director (as Elizabeth 'Duff' Parker)
Peter Pastorelli .... assistant director: New York
Michael Pitt .... second second assistant director: New York
Andrew Shea .... first assistant director
Charles Zalben .... second assistant director: New York
Art Department
Britt Bancroft .... set decoration coordinator (as Britt Matheson)
Jamie Burke .... construction coordinator
Philip Canfield .... assistant property master: New York
Jean Deville .... property master: title sequence
Rick Fernandez .... head carpenter (as Ric Fernandez)
Michael Followes .... property master
Nicholas Gazda .... third assistant art director
Arvinder Grewal .... first assistant art director
Bruce Lee Gross .... assistant property master: title sequence
Victoria Hamilton .... key scenic painter
Ian Hay .... set dresser
Jennifer Jacobsen .... set buyer
Mike Johnson .... on-set carpenter
Lara MacInnis .... art department apprentice
Kim Maticiw .... property buyer
David Rockburn .... lead set dresser
Derreck Roemer .... property assistant
Patrick Tarr .... set dresser
Dick Tice .... property master: New York (as Richard Tice)
Pierre M. Munha .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Fred Brennan .... supervising dialogue editor
Benjamin Cheah .... sound designer (as Ben Cheah)
Kathy Choi .... assistant special effects editor
Marko A. Costanzo .... additional foley: New York (as Marko Costanzo)
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Henry Embry .... sound mixer
Peter Kelly .... sound re-recording mixer
Garrett Kerr .... dialogue editor
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
George A. Lara .... foley engineer: New York
Geoff Lippman .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Anna Malkin .... foley: pro-tools operator
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer
David McCallum .... sound effects editor
Mark McNeilly .... boom operator (as Mark 'Boomwallah' McNeilly)
Daniel Pellerin .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Richard Segal .... boom trainee
Etoile Stewart .... assistant dialogue editor
Jane Tattersall .... supervising sound editor
Andrew Tay .... foley mixer
Paul Urmson .... sound designer
Rebecca Wright .... foley: pro-tools operator
Mark Zsifkovits .... sound re-recording operator
Andrew Zuch .... boom operator: New York
Bernie Zuch .... sound mixer: New York
Steven Zuch .... third sound: New York
James Marchione .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... special effects: New York
Michael Kavanagh .... special effects coordinator
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects technician
John MacGillivray .... special effects technician
Tim Barraball .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
François Aubry .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Keith M. Hamilton .... digital compositor: Film Opticals (uncredited)
Julia K.S. Miles .... digital compositor: Film Opticals (uncredited)
Brenda Adams .... stunts
Lloyd Adams .... stunts
Marco Bianco .... stunts
Matt Birman .... stunt coordinator
Matt Birman .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunt coordinator: New York
C.J. Fidler .... stunts
Brian Kaulback .... stunts
Ken Quinn .... stunts
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunts
Tye Tyukodi .... stunts (as Anton Tyukodi)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Boucher .... camera operator
Tom Bracone .... first assistant camera: New York
Jayson Clute .... first assistant camera
Don Cornett .... camera operator: title sequence
Mark Cowden .... best boy electric
Stephen Crosgrey .... generator operator
John Dolan .... key rigging grip: New York
Phil Dutton .... second assistant camera: New York
Jay Eckardt .... camera loader: New York
Gene Engels .... gaffer: New York
Chris Faulkner .... key grip
James W. Finnerty .... key grip: New York (as Jimmy W. Finnerty Jr.)
Rick Gallagher .... video playback operator
Stewart Grayburn .... dolly grip
Rob Haid .... best boy (as Robert 'Gump' Haid)
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Tom Houghton .... camera operator: New York
Marcel Janisse .... camera trainee
Shane Kitchener .... generator operator
Daniel Laborde .... grip (as Dan Laborde)
Frances 'Buddy' McBride .... rigging gaffer: New York (as Buddy McBride)
Steve Mrkobrada .... second assistant camera
Toshiaki Ozawa .... cinematographer: title sequence
Derek Porter .... electrician
Anthony Ramsey .... electrician (as Tony Ramsey)
Antonio Rossi .... first assistant camera: title sequence (as Tony Rossi)
Dave Samuel .... best boy electric: title sequence
Kurt Schwartz .... grip: title sequence
Franco Tata .... gaffer
Lindsay Todd .... daily grip
Vince J. Vennitti .... camera operator: title sequence (as Vince Vennitti)
Todd Voogt .... grip
David Watts .... electrician
David Daniel .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Toshiaki Ozawa .... additional photographer: title sequence (uncredited)
Joel Tishcoff .... rigging best boy: New York (uncredited)
William M. Weberg .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mark Bennett .... casting associate: USA
Megan Conacher .... extras casting
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting assistant: USA
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting: New York (as Meredith Jacobson Marciano)
Sondra James .... adr voice casting
Jennifer McNamara .... casting associate: USA
Clare Walker .... casting: Canada
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Adkins .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Patrick Antosh .... on-set wardrobe supervisor
Alex Forester .... wardrobe assistant: Los Angeles
Kim Harkness .... wardrobe production assistant
Amina Mohamed .... wardrobe assistant
Gersha Phillips .... assistant costume designer: Toronto
Barbara Presar .... assistant costume designer: New York
Hartsell Taylor .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Editorial Department
Matthew Anas .... trainee assistant editor (as Matt Anas)
Emily Gumpel .... second assistant editor: New York
Philip Harrison .... associate editor: New York
Chris Hinton .... color timer
Mitch Lackie .... assistant editor: Toronto
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Kim Sparks .... post-production assistant
Deanna Strong .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Christopher Covert .... music supervisor
Eve Egoyan .... musician: solo piano
James Flatto .... additional music editor
William Garrett .... music mixer: orchestra
Martin Goldray .... conductor
Mishann Lau .... additional music editor
Gillian Morris .... assistant music supervisor
Mj Mynarski .... technical music consultant
David Voigt .... music engineer
Jeff Wolpert .... music consultant
Jeff Wolpert .... music editor
Randall Woolf .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Mike Adams .... driver
Robert Arsenault .... head driver
Tony Bifano .... transportation coordinator
Glen Creswell .... driver captain
Wayne Frampton .... talent driver
Richard Hooper .... driver
Shane Kitchener .... driver
Danny Menecola .... driver
John Mulligan .... transportation co-captain: New York
Steve Russell .... driver: honeywagon
Dusan Stepanovic .... driver
Peter Travis .... transportation captain: New York
Lisa Zozzolotto .... driver
Scott Clarke .... driver: Christian Bale (uncredited)
Other crew
Heather Anderson .... assistant: Mary Harron
Ethan Baum .... hand double: title sequence
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... gun handler (as Frenchie Berger)
Peter Blakeman .... food stylist
Michael Blecher .... location manager
Hilary Bowers .... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Dan Brillman .... production assistant: title sequence
Jane Conway .... pig wrangler
James Crouch .... key production accountant
David Daniels .... production executive: New York
Aurea Dempsey .... production secretary
Ken Dhaliwal .... production legal
Nadine Dislioglu .... office production assistant
Ron Donne .... food stylist
Damien DuPuis .... office production assistant
Rick Ellis .... food stylist: title sequence
Mark Feinsod .... office production assistant: New York
Jordan Gertner .... production executive: Muse
Catherine Gore .... script supervisor: title sequence
Omri Green .... hand double: title sequence
Shell Hecht .... production coordinator: New York
Geofrey Hildrew .... office production assistant: New York
Deirdre Hughes .... office production assistant
Jeff Jackson .... production legal
Nancy Jackson .... production coordinator
Eddie Joe .... parking coordinator: New York
Mary A. Kelly .... script supervisor: New York (as Mary Kelly)
Karen Kimball .... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Joan Kirby .... accountant: Lions Gate
Patrick Lanctot .... consultant: avid (as Pat Lanctot)
Sophia Lin .... production assistant: title sequence
Karen Mathieson .... location production assistant
Laurie May .... business and legal affairs: Lions Gate
Joan McGuinness .... completion bond
Frank McKenna .... craft service: New York
Michael McKenna .... craft service: New York
Ru Niles .... second accounts assistant
Susan Nycz .... truck assistant
Erin O'Rourke .... creative executive: Pressman
Timothy Wayne Peternel .... production executive: Muse
Suzanne Porter .... assistant location manager
Morgan H. Rector .... production financing (as Morgan Rector)
Dusty Reeves .... research and clearance coordinator
Katherine Rosin .... hand double: title sequence
Katherine Rosin .... production coordinator: Lions Gate Films, New York
John Ross .... completion bond
Jonathan Roumie .... assistant location manager: New York
Kristi Savino .... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Andrew Saxe .... location manager
Zach Schiff-Abrams .... creative executive: Pressman
Dave Scott .... hand double: title sequence
Lisa A. Shapiro .... business and legal affairs: Pressman (as Lisa Shapiro)
Carissa Shaw .... assistant to producers
Claude Shaw .... assistant: Mr. Solomon
Jon Shiffman .... production financing
Dawn Marie Sorokolit .... script supervisor (as Dawn Sorokolit)
Jay Stein .... payroll coordinator: New York
David Steinberg .... production legal
Jim Sternberg .... completion bond
Aloma Taylor .... accounting assistant
Kirk Thompson .... insurance
Adrienne Tyson .... daily assistant
Jeremy Walker .... unit publicist
Carrie Walkup .... creative executive: Lions Gate
Reid Warman .... production secretary: New York
Johanna Weinstein .... food coordinator
Gregory G. Woertz .... production executive: Pressman (as Gregory Woertz)
Levi Woodward .... production assistant: title sequence
Sarah Wright .... assistant: Mr. Pressman
Emily Zalenski .... marketing executive: Pressman
Koethi Zan .... business and legal affairs: Pressman
Harrison Cheung .... publicist (uncredited)
Mark L. Feinsod .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Hamer .... double: Patrick Bateman (uncredited)
Steve Lee .... production assistant (uncredited)
Clark McCutchen .... production executive (uncredited)
Robert M. Melnik .... senior vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate Films (uncredited)
Gina Meyers .... production assistant (uncredited)
James O'Donnell .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Oliver .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Anthony O. Prime .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Pamela Rose .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Simon St. Laurent .... opticals: Film Opticals (uncredited)
Don Thacker .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Timoney .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Nick Veziris .... gun wrangler (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language
102 min
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The cast and crew viewed Mario Bava's Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970), prior to filming.See more »
Anachronisms: When Bateman is using the pay phone on Park Avenue, the skyscraper in the background says "Met Life", 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 »
Patrick Bateman:That's a very fine chardonnay you're drinking. I want you to clean your vagina.See more »
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347 out of 679 people found the following review useful.
Author: jamalio9 from LONDON ENGLAND

There are numerous things wrong with this otherwise faithfull adaptation in terms of it's structure, plot and ability to portray a strong focus on it's lead character (although heavily watered down). For starters, it is far too tame. You may argue that a lot of the explicit sex and violence in the book was unnecessary but the truth is the Patrick Bateman in the book is obsessed with detail, perfection and routine, so he explains popular culture, food and restaurants and bathing products with the same explicit nature as he describes his killings with his victims and the sex he has with them beforehand. This was missing. I never once heard Patrick Bateman describe what he likes to do to his female victims in sickening detail. Although this was sick it does serve a purpose and would have proven to be a very uniquely cinematic function that would be very disturbing and almost something we have never seen before in a film. Plus the fact it would sidestep the censors as its not physical violence being committed, merely psychological. They lost something unique in this. Also Patrick Bateman in the book does some unbelievably f***** up things to his victims which makes it hard to read. That's why there was all the controversy. The film does NOT have this effect and it should at least have been shocking, and the fact that there was no controversy surrounding the films release sums it up quite well. It's like a book that is really heartbreaking and sad and brings you to tears but the adapted film doesn't make you feel this way- you often think that something important was missing and the film makers have missed the point.

Secondly were the production values. In the book you imagine the locations- Bateman's apartment, his office, the parties they attend, the nightclubs and restaurants, to exceed anything we could ever imagine and associate with 'rich' in reality. In the book they are lavish, far more than we could ever imagine. Now its fairly obvious that this film is relatively low budget and as result it suffers a little by showing us locations we would associate with upper middle class in a TV sitcom, not upper class people who have that sense of materialistic achievement the likes of which we never knew existed. And it's a little too obvious that most of it was shot in a film studio. Many of the characters in the book would frown upon the living conditions of what the characters in the film have.

Thirdly was Patrick Bateman himself. He was never this much of a geek in the book. He was a very powerful, ruthless man, who describes all that sense of materialism that is apparently appealing to most humans, whilst displaying a sense of genuine animosity and sinister ness that you would almost regard as 'inhuman'. A lot of people miss the point of this; sometimes your confused as to whether he is human or some form of demon and it plays with your perceptions a little, thereby proving to be the most disturbing element of the book itself. Patrick Bateman in the book is actually very well respected and his possibly so far at the top of his game its no surprise he appears to be inhuman. In the film he is a run of the mill yuppie that is a bit of a loser compared to his mates. In the film he does what he does 'cause he feels he has no choice, in the book he does what he does 'cause he gets such a kick out of it and is such a spoilt brat that enjoying the most expensive things in life are not enough for him. He is so disgusted with meals, clothes, other products etc that don't cost thousands of dollars and aren't the best it is actually quite unbelievable yet interesting, and you get the sense that he spends a thousand just to walk out his door. You don't get a sense of what an expensive life Patrick Bateman lives in the film. Also in the book he really is a ladies man and wherever he goes he always gets a chicks phone number- which would lead onto inevitable consequences. In the film he often has to rely on hookers- one of which the ugly blonde one, who is so ugly the character in the book wouldn't even look at her (the book version of his character is VERY fussy about his women and wouldn't have sex with her unless she was 100% perfect looking, and NOT one that has the characteristics of a yorkshire terrier). In short, the book version of Patrick Bateman would have eaten the one in the film (literally alive) for breakfast in terms of greed and corruption and wanting the best of everything.

Fourthly was the scope of the film, again a fault with the films production values. In the book the characters get up to far more interesting things- conference meetings, huge parties, rock concerts, opera and so one, in the film all they ever seem to do is go to the same nightclub and restaurants and sit around and talk. As a result the film shows little achievement as to some of the excitement the characters get up to. That's also what was disturbing about the book, it shows a lifestyle that these yuppies have that entices you and almost makes you feel a little envious of what they get up to. In the film the characters lives are just boring, plain and simple.

Last of all (and thank god after all my bitching) the other characters in the book are far more complex and interesting than the 1 dimensional representation we get of them in the film. All of them are obsessed about the same things as Bateman who isn't such a loner and makes you question whether or not they get up to the same things as Bateman despite the fact that they give the impression otherwise. All of them are vain and are obsessed with looking good and getting the best out of everything. Again in the film they are just traditional yuppies.

Well I'm sorry I've bored you after this lengthy comparison but if you have read the book long ago as I have; and expected something special and monumental as the book was, rather than a film that was too small scale and lacked the passion and ambition it so desperately needed, I'm sure you'd agree. There should have been moments in this film that really shocked you into realising what a human being is capable of in terms of committing acts of evil towards others but alas, all we got was a naked guy running down a corridor wearing sneakers and wielding a chainsaw. I feel that the strongest thing about the film is easily Christian Bales' outstanding performance, and you wonder what could have been achieved in the hands of a greater director like Oliver Stone, Brian De Palma or even Martin Scorsese, who had a bigger budget and a little more verve and daringness to do it more justice, rather than Mary Hannon's merely competent but pedestrian and un-cinematic take on the book

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