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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

 -  Drama  -  27 October 2000 (USA)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions become stronger.

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Drugs. They consume mind, body and soul. Once you're hooked, you're hooked. Four lives. Four addicts. Four failures. Despite their aspirations of greatness, they succumb to their addictions. Watching the addicts spiral out of control, we bear witness to the dirtiest, ugliest portions of the underworld addicts reside in. It is shocking and eye-opening but demands to be seen by both addicts and non-addicts alike. Written by Jeff Mellinger <jmell@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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friend | drugs | dream | addiction | heroin | See more »

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From the director of [Pi]

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

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27 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Réquiem por un sueño  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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ESP 15,606,075 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Brutal, honest, and a must see movie
30 July 2001 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This ranks up there as one of the three most powerful movies I have ever seen in my lifetime (Full Metal Jacket and Grave of The Fireflies being the other two). This movie shows the brutal honest side of addiction and over-indulgence. Not just drugs, although it heavily shows drug addiction. Also shows how one addiction can lead to another and how damaging it can be for you. I watched this alone, and felt so stunned afterwards, I had to call a friend just to calm my nerves. Seriously, this is a brutal (one more time) BRUTAL film. The acting is wonderful - Ellyn Burnstyn and Jenniffer Connely are just wonderful in this movie, and Marlon Wayons was such a shocker in a serious role. Everyone must watch it, for it's entertainment value, and more importantly, it's educational value. But it leaves chills down your spine for it's honesty and unforgiving lessons.


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