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American Psycho -- Patrick Bateman, a young, well-to-do man working on Wall Street at his father's company kills for no reason at all. As his life progresses his hatred for the world becomes more and more intense. Based on the book by Bret Easton Ellis.
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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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  (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)
Joseph Oliveira ... Restaurant Patron (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)

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
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)
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)
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
102 min
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When Lions Gate picked up the rights for the film, Mary Harron was set to write and direct. Initially, she considered various actors for the role of Patrick Bateman, including Billy Crudup (who was offered the part but turned it down), Ben Chaplin, Robert Sean Leonard, Johnathon Schaech, Jonny Lee Miller, and Jared Leto. Eventually, Harron offered the part to Christian Bale, who accepted. The producers tried to talk Harron into casting Edward Norton, but she refused, and was ultimately allowed to cast Bale, but only on the proviso that she cast at least two other big name actors in supporting roles. To this end, Harron hired Willem Dafoe to play Kimball and Reese Witherspoon to play Evelyn. However, after they had agreed to appear, Lions Gate told Harron they were going to make an offer to Leonardo DiCaprio to play Bateman. Harron told them if they did, she would leave the project, which is exactly what happened. Oliver Stone was subsequently hired to replace Harron, working from a script by Matt Markwalder. Stone was set to cast James Woods as Kimball, Cameron Diaz as Evelyn, Elizabeth Berkley as Courtney and Chloë Sevigny as Jean. Stone also decided to keep Leto on the project as Paul Allen. However, DiCaprio left the project to shoot The Beach (2000/I) instead, and as the budget began to get out of control, Stone also left, prompting Lions Gate to rehire Harron, who returned to her original castings decisions, and decided to keep Sevigny on the project.See more »
Continuity: During Patrick Bateman's first meeting with Detective Donald Kimball, Jean brings Detective Kimball mineral water that he does not want. She sets the bottle of water and glass on the corner of the desk. During the conversation between Bateman and Kimball, the glass and bottle move from the corner of Bateman's desk to a slightly deeper part of the corner, and an ashtray moves into their original place.See more »
Patrick Bateman:Ask me a question.
Club Patron:So, what do you do?
Patrick Bateman:I'm into, uh, well, murders and executions, mostly.
Club Patron:Do you like it?
Patrick Bateman:Well, it depends. Why?
Club Patron:Well, most guys I know who are in Mergers and Acquisitions really don't like it.
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150 out of 225 people found the following review useful.
A must see, 23 April 2000
Author: mikhaigh from England

Having read the novel by Easton-Ellis a year ago I was intrigued to find out how it could be made into a movie.

Whilst turned off by the totally uneccesary details of Batemans crimes in the book, I felt that Easton's insight into superficial 80's yuppie culture made it a classic.

Who could play a credible Bateman? Leonardo Di Caprio? I think not.

How would Mary Harron deal with those controversial torture scenes?

What we got was one of the finest movies I have seen for some time. Of course, those of closed minds will slate this film without even bothering to see it, simply because of the book's notoriety.

I was impressed to see how closely Harron followed the book, replacing the un-filmable seens with suggestion, aka ear-cutting scene from resevior dogs, so that you believe you have seen more than you have. There are more parallels with Tarantino, such as the use of classic (& non classic ) 80's pop to create a stylised feel to the movie, that has not been seen since Pulp Fiction.

Casting was superb, with Cristian Bale giving the performance of a lifetime, We, the audience, saw the souless monster within, Batemans superficial aquaintences, saw another faceless human being.

Just like the book, you are never sure wether Batemans crimes are real, or just imaginary, but his slide into insanity is clearly real and paced expertly by Bale.

Rheese Witherspoon as Evelyn was disappointing, "Election" showed what a great actress she is and although this role called for an airhead performance, it was clear that she was cruising.

Mary Harron deserves the credit for creating an excellent film, that could have so easily been just another slasher movie.

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