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American Psycho -- Patrick Bateman is a handsome, well-educated, executive who works days on Wall Street. His nights are spent in ways we cannot begin to fathom. A 26 year- old living his own American Dream - as a serial rapist and killer preying upon the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan.
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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 escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (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 ... Det. Donald Kimball

Cara Seymour ... Christie

Guinevere Turner ... Elizabeth

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

Reg E. Cathey ... Al, the Derelict
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 D'
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)
Gunnar Hansen ... Leatherface (archive footage) (uncredited)

Leanne Poirier Greenfield ... Party Girl (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Giving Speech on Iran-Contra Scandal (archive footage) (uncredited)

Somaya Reece ... Bar Girl (uncredited)

Kate Steen ... Pierce & Pierce Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mary Harron 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
Ric Fernandez .... head carpenter
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)
 
Stunts
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
Pat Lanctot .... consultant: avid
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
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)
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)
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
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102 min
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The cast and crew viewed Mario Bava's Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970), prior to filming.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: All of the windows show views of the cityscape with the horizontal line far above normal. This signals that the views are backdrops which are set too high. Often one looks up at a character and at the same time looks down on the streets, which is impossible.See more »
Quotes:
Evelyn Williams:What does Mr. Grinch want for Christmas? And don't say breast implants again.See more »
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Features "Jeopardy!" (1984)See more »
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566 out of 706 people found the following review useful.
A film that teeters between Miracles and Mania, 13 October 2001
Author: grendel-37

Having just finished American Psycho, I came to IMDB to get some clarification on the ending. And it seems I'm not the only one left vaguely adrift by the ambiguous ending.

I've browsed some of your comments, not all 400+ to be sure. But some of them. A good sampling I think, and this movie has three distinct cheering sections.

Those who consider it a masterpiece, those who consider it unredeemable, boring trash, and by far the largest segment, those who see it as a flawed masterpiece.

I fall into the latter category. And no, I did not read the book. But as others have stated any movie that requires you to read the book, to "get" the movie, is ultimately a failure as a movie.

So my review is based solely on the merits of the film. And contrary to what some have said, the film does have many merits. I found it brilliantly directed, and a superbly acted examination of excess, and boredom, and evil. An examination, satire, critique of a time, and type of thinking.

Even before seeing the ending, I thought how much bateman lives in people. Found myself thinking, an examination of bateman is an examination of men by the name of Reagan and Bush. How American Psycho is an examination of our times, and our modern theologies.

I found the movie as a whole riveting, loved the restraint shown (and disagree with those calling for more gore, I think Mary should be applauded for her deft hand, the scenes have more power for what is not shown), and was captivated by nearly every scene, by scenes others have called boring, but I found profound.

Bateman putting on his makeup, or simply trying to get a restaurant, and the near apocalyptic importance, such minutiae makes in the lives of empty men. The right card, or the right cloth, or the right table, or the right watch, how these are the signposts of an empty age and an empty soul, and how these things have more value than your fellow man... or woman.

Bateman attains everything the materialistic times tells him he should want, but once he gets it he feels nothing. Emptier than before, less than before. It's only in the extremes of his addictions he begins to feel something, anything. He feeds to fill the emptiness, but the more he feeds the emptier he gets. He eats at his fellowman (woman) but in his bloodlust he eats at himself.

He is the American dream, taken to its cannibalistic extremes.



And never before has makeup, played such a mesmerizing part in a movie. Bateman's(Chris Bale's) face at times when he is under stress, takes on a plastic look, a glossy, sweaty sheen, and for all the world it looks like he's wearing a mask... and the mask, his mask of sanity, is beginning to run.

Simply amazing use of makeup. And incredible performance by the lead actor. I wasn't familiar with him before this, but everyone will be after this.

Upon first hearing about this movie, I had no desire to see it. I've grown up since the age of Hills Have Eyes and trash like The Beyond, watching people suffer no longer seems significant. I guess as we get older we ask more of our art than springer, or the WWF, or slasher flicks. We ask of our art to tell us something true. Something of ourselves, and our world.

I think American Psycho under the deft hand of Mary Harron becomes more than my prejudices, and exceeds my expectations. Rises at times to dizzying heights not unlike art.

Mary's restraint makes this movie. But I fear her restraint nearly sinks it as well. The ending is too ambiguous. Who is Bateman in the end. Is there a Bateman? And what did he do or did not do?

In the end,the movie will nag at you. Did he or didn't he? And in the end, now that I write this I'm thinking maybe the answer doesn't really matter, maybe in the end the answer is the same. In the end a sin of thought, or a sin of action, is still a sin. In the end we are left with a man, and a nation... whose mask is slipping.

I think like the first Psycho, time will prove this one.... worthy. I now add Mary Harron to the small selection of modern directors I will tiptoe through broken glass to see. Directors like Dave Fincher(Seven, Fight Club), Carl Franklin(Devil in a Blue Dress), Johnny To(Expect the Unexpected), Ringo Lam(Full Alert, Victim), M. Night Shyamalan(Sixth Sense, Unbreakable), and Peter Weir(Fearless).

Recommended.

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