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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 become stronger.



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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


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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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)


ESP 15,606,075 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an interview with Charlie Rose, Ellen Burstyn stated that in her opinion playing Sara Goldfarb was her best acting achievement. See more »


When Harry is on Marion's bed, he has his arms in his sweatshirt. In the next shot, his arms are out of his sweatshirt. See more »


Court Doctor: [repeatedly] Can you hear me? Can you see me?
Prisoner: Yes, sir.
Court Doctor: OK for work.
Court Doctor: [arriving at Tyrone's place in the line] Can you hear me? Can you see me?
Tyrone: [nods, whispering] Yes, sir, yes, sir.
Prison Guard: [hits Tyrone in the face] Say "sir!" God damn New York dope fiend niggers. Learn some manners!
Court Doctor: Can you hear me? Can you see me?
Tyrone: [insulted] Yes, sir.
Court Doctor: OK for work.
[moving to Harry]
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Crazy Credits

The man on the train who says "You're whacked" to Sara when she tells him that she's going to be on TV is credited as "You're Whacked". See more »


Referenced in Last Exit (2003) See more »


Bialy & Lox 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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User Reviews

"Requiem" Is a Heavyweight
12 February 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

You will not so much as want to take a sip of wine after watching this mesmerizing film about the horrors of drug addiction. I was not a fan of director Darren Aronofsky's debut film "Pi," but with this movie he proves to be a filmmaker of unlimited vision and style. Four characters in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn are all driven to despair due to their drug abuse, the saddest being Ellen Burstyn as a nice Jewish widow who unwittingly becomes addicted to prescription diet pills that help her lose weight but drag her into a world of hallucinations and paranoia. Burstyn is superb. It is so refreshing to see such a great veteran like her in such a challenging leading role, one in which she goes through a hell worse than that in "The Exorcist."

But this is a director's film if there ever was one. Aronofsky knows how to tell a story in a way that is dazzling in its use of sound, editing, and cinematography. The score by the Kronos Quartet and Clint Mansell is the most striking movie music I have heard in a very long time.

"Requiem for a Dream" is not a movie for everyone. It is the essence of independent filmmaking, a daring, engrossing, artful film that stays with you long after you leave the theater. Hollywood bubblegum this ain't.

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One of the most revolting dishonest movies I have watched in my life yediotm
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