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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
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
Location Management
Michael Blecher .... location manager
Karen Mathieson .... location production assistant
Suzanne Porter .... assistant location manager
Jonathan Roumie .... assistant location manager: New York
Andrew Saxe .... location manager
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
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
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
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
Kristi Savino .... assistant: Mr. Pressman
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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Guinevere Turner, who plays Patrick's friend "Elizabeth" (in the scene with Christie the call girl), also wrote the film's screenplay.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Patrick attributes the quote, "When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, I think two things. One part wants me to take her out, talk to her, be real nice and sweet and treat her right. The other part just thinks what her head would look like on a stick", to Ed Gein. However, it was actually Ed Kemper.See more »
Patrick Bateman:He was into that whole Yale thing.
Donald Kimball:Yale thing?
Patrick Bateman:Yeah, Yale thing.
Donald Kimball:What whole Yale thing?
Patrick Bateman:Well, for one thing, I think he was probably a closet homosexual who did a lot of cocaine. That whole Yale thing.
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498 out of 590 people found the following review useful.
Very good, 1 July 2005
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

In 1991, Bret Easton Ellis' controversial novel "American Psycho" took the world by storm – women accused it of being misogynist, sexist filth and others were understandably shaken by its brutal and graphic depictions of unprovoked violence and torture.

Set in the 1980s, the book follows the story of a 27-year-old Harvard graduate named Patrick Bateman, who goes on a killing spree and murders "twenty, maybe forty people." It was originally slated for circulation in 1990, but Random House pulled out of distribution, fearing backlash. It was later released as part of a Vintage Series, and quickly sold over 250,000 copies, becoming one of the most popular (and, to some, important) literary works of our time.

In the movie, Welsh actor Christian Bale portrays Bateman gleefully tongue-in-cheek, whether it's confessing to manslaughter over the phone ("…I just had to kill a lot of people!") or dancing to Huey Lewis and the News' "Fore" album before hitting an associate over the head with an axe.

Patrick is a troubled guy. On the surface, he appears to be normal – he's a Wall Street broker with a secretary, an expensive apartment suite, his own limo and a fancy business card. But on the inside, he's a monster – complete with an insatiable blood lust and lack of empathy for fellow human beings. (If he can indeed be classified as one.) As a film and a novel, "American Psycho" is an attack on the absurdities of the '80s yuppie era – sometimes the satire isn't very subtle, in fact it's often made very clear, but I liked it. Because the movie is so eccentric and over-the-top, and Bale is so loony and maniacal, the satire needs to be equally strong – and it is. Whether it's business men drooling over each other's fetishistic business cards or Patrick discussing the nuances of modern pop music before killing more victims, "American Psycho" hits strong and hard – this is a great, overwhelming cinematic and visual experience. It cannot be condemned for being unsubtle – it never was.

The performances are wonderful. Bale is superb as Bateman, totally embodying the character. As a man bewildered by his environment, and wanting only desperately to fit in, Bateman listens to Genesis and "Hip to Be Square"; finally we have proof that too much Phil Collins and Huey Lewis will turn you into the next Ed Gein.

Perhaps some fans of the novel will dislike Bale's performance (at times, it almost seems comical, such as when he murders his coworker Paul Allen, played by Jared Leto). But I thought it was the perfect mix of introspection, self-hatred, outer-loathing, lust, conformity and schizophrenia. Bale manages to capture all of this perfectly, and by the end of the film, I could not imagine anyone else in the role.

Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny and Reese Witherspoon all have co-starring roles, but at the end of the day it is Bale who really drives this film home – he's the reason it's worth seeing, and in part the reason it exceeds beyond the typical restraints of its genre.

Since its release, many critics have accused "American Psycho" of being a watered-down version of the book, being both "politically correct" and "lacking satire." However, I don't recall the last time I saw a man beat a dog to death with the heel of his shoe in a mainstream motion picture. Or chase after a prostitute completely naked, wielding a bloodied chainsaw. Or hold a gun to a cat's head and threaten to feed it to an ATM machine.

In fact, when "American Psycho" was previewed before the Motion Picture Association of America, they gave it an NC-17 rating – not for its violence, as one might expect, but rather for its threesome scene between Patrick and two prostitutes.

Director Mary Harron cut footage from the film and finally managed to achieve an R-rating, but on a new "Uncut Killer Collector's Edition" DVD, you can see the film as it was intended to be seen – and it's a real fine treat. Now excuse me, I have to go return some videotapes.

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