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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?


Neve Campbell was the first choice for the role of Marion Silver, but declined when she found out the role required on camera nudity. See more »


(at around 1h 10 mins) Sara is in her apartment wearing her red dress, creeping around trying to avoid her refrigerator, popping her pills and watching herself appear all dressed up on Tappy's show. There is a pot on the stove and her vacuum cleaner in front of the stove. At different cuts in the same scenes, the stove is alternately clean or has pots and items on it, and the vacuum cleaner is there or missing, or changes position. (It is possible that some of these changes occur because Sara is hallucinating.) See more »


Tappy Tibbons: Now we come to step three. This... drives... most... people... crazy.
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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 »


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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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