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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | | Drama | 15 December 2000 (USA)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Sarno ...
Joanne Gordon ...
Charlotte Aronofsky ...
Michael Kaycheck ...
Donut Cop (as Mike Kaycheck)
Chas Mastin ...
Lyle Russel


Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a retired widow, living in a small apartment. She spends most of her time watching TV, especially a particular self-help show. She has delusions of rising above her current dull existence by being a guest on that show. Her son, Harry (Jared Leto) is a junkie but along with his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) has visions of making it big by becoming a drug dealer. Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) could be fashion designer or artist but is swept along in Harry's drug-centric world. Meanwhile Sara has developed an addiction of her own. She desperately wants to lose weight and so goes on a crash course involving popping pills, pills which turn out to be very addictive and harmful to her mental state. Written by grantss

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From the director of [Pi]



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense depiction of drug addiction, graphic sexuality, strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Réquiem por un sueño  »

Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$64,770 (USA) (6 October 2000)


$3,609,278 (USA) (2 March 2001)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Three out of all four of the main cast are Oscar winners: Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly and Ellen Burstyn. See more »


When Marion is leaving Arnold's flat for the first time you can see some parts of the steady cam outlined under her coat. When she catches some wind while leaving the building, the coat is lifted up for some instants and you can actually see them. See more »


Sara Goldfarb: [examining her newly dyed hair] Well then... what's orange? If this is red, I wanna know, What's orange?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits each disappear as if being melted like heroin. See more »


Referenced in Memories Dreams & Addictions (2001) See more »


Bugs' Got a Devilish Grin Conga
Performed by The Moonrats
Marcel Reginatto - Saxophone, Vocals
Brian Emrich - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Oscar Oñoz - Trumpet, Vocals
Theodore Birkey - Keyboards, Vocals
Tico Torres (as Hector Torres) - Percussion, Vocals
Darren Aronofsky - Vocals
Engineered, Programmed and Mixed by James Murphy for DFA at Plantain Recording House NYC
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26 July 2004 | by (florida) – See all my reviews

being someone who had a history with drugs, i found this movie to be slightly more than ground-breaking. i saw this film in the midst of a downward spiral, and it turned me right around! having friends with the same plans, such as sell drugs to buy more drugs..it made me look at my life and theirs and see exactly what the future had in store.

now, every time i see this movie since escaping that life, i cry. i cry for my past and those who still live in it. this movie has more to say to people my age than any drug education movie we were afforded in school. honestly, i wonder when the school systems will wisen up to what is really going to get kid's attention; movies that show that pros as well as the cons of drugs, or a movie that shows the complete and utter devastation drugs will bring to your life, and the lives of those around you. honestly, had i seen this film before my sophomore year of high school, i would have never even dreamed of taking more than the prescribed dose of advil.

granted, my little summary or comment of this movie does not entail anything informative about the movie itself, i must say, i feel this is the best way i know to express my views.

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