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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 ...
Mrs. Pearlman
Mrs. Scarlini
Joanne Gordon ...
Mrs. Ovadia
Charlotte Aronofsky ...
Mrs. Miles
Michael Kaycheck ...
Donut Cop (as Mike Kaycheck)
Corn Dog Stand Boss
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 USA:

$64,770, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


To get into the character of Marion, who is a dress designer, Jennifer Connelly started making clothes for herself and ended up making most of her own wardrobe. See more »


(at around 1h 30 mins) During electroconvulsive therapy (ECT,) the character is shown as being conscious and suffering greatly, when in reality the procedure is done under anesthesia. The patient is not conscious, nor do they experience discomfort. See more »


Harry: [about the failed drug score] See, everything was going good, and then some dumbass junkie...
Marion: Did what? Some dumbass junkie did what? You mean, you fucked it up!
Harry: What the fuck is wrong with you?
Marion: You promised me that everything was gonna be okay, remember? I fucked that sleaze bag for you and I put myself through fucking hell for you?
Harry: There's nothing out there!
Marion: I don't give a shit! You fucking loser!
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Crazy Credits

Ending Credits look like a syringe while scrolling. See more »


Referenced in Fetish Mode (2004) 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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25 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Well, I´ve seen "Pi" and was fascinated. Now, there´s "Requiem for a dream" and my expectations were very, very high. That can be the downfall for a movie, but in this case I wasn´t disappointed. Aronofsky proves not only that he can direct a "bigger" movie, he also shows how one can do so without selling out. To be more precise: "RFAD" is one of the most disturbing and depressing movies that came out of the US for a looooong time. From the opening scene to its final curtain it´s...well, a requiem for the characters, who are all perfectly portrayed by their actors. Ellen Burstyn is unbelievable. The power of her performance can only be compared to that of Björk in "Dancer in the dark". Aronofskys direction is even more experimental than in "Pi" and some of his ideas, like his combination of sound and picture are really innovative and give his movie a musical feel -without creating a long music video. On the downside, you could say that this movie offers no hope, no solution - but then, this would´ve been a lousy compromise.

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