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Requiem for a Dream -- Darren Aronofsky follows up his acclaimed debut Pi with this gritty emotionally charged film set amidst the abandoned beaches and faded glory of Coney Island, Brooklyn. Based upon the novel by celebrated author Hubert Selby Jr., the story intricately links the lives of a lonely widowed mother (Academy Award Winner Ellen Burstyn), her son Harry (Jared Leto), his beautiful girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans). REQUIEM FOR A DREAM is a hypnotic tale of four human beings each pursuing their vision of happiness. Even as everything begins to fall apart, they refuse to let go, plummeting with their dreams into a nightmarish gut-wrenching freefall.
Requiem for a Dream -- The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control.
Requiem for a Dream -- The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control.


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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions become stronger. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Great direction, great acting, great score, great script combine to produce a great film that is depressing but totally gripping even if it will not be to everyone's taste See more (1892 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ellen Burstyn ... Sara Goldfarb

Jared Leto ... Harry Goldfarb

Jennifer Connelly ... Marion Silver

Marlon Wayans ... Tyrone C. Love

Christopher McDonald ... Tappy Tibbons

Louise Lasser ... Ada

Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Rae
Janet Sarno ... Mrs. Pearlman

Suzanne Shepherd ... Mrs. Scarlini
Joanne Gordon ... Mrs. Ovadia
Charlotte Aronofsky ... Mrs. Miles

Mark Margolis ... Mr. Rabinowitz

Michael Kaycheck ... Donut Cop (as Mike Kaycheck)

Jack O'Connell ... Corn Dog Stand Boss
Chas Mastin ... Lyle Russel

Ajay Naidu ... Mailman

Sean Gullette ... Arnold The Shrink

Samia Shoaib ... Nurse Mall

Peter Maloney ... Dr. Pill
Abraham Abraham ... King Neptune
Aliya Campbell ... Alice
Te'ron A. O'Neal ... Young Tyrone

Denise Dowse ... Tyrone's Mother
Bryan Chattoo ... Brody
Eddie De Harp ... Brody's Henchman Victor
Scott Franklin ... Voice of Jailer (voice)
Peter Cheyenne ... Sal the Geep (as Peter Howard)
Brian Costello ... First AD
Abraham Aronofsky ... Newspaper Man on Train

James Chinlund ... Space Oddity

Olga Merediz ... Malin & Block Secretary
Allison Furman ... Malin & Block Office Woman
Robert Dylan Cohen ... Paramedic Greenhill

Ben Shenkman ... Dr. Spencer

Keith David ... Big Tim

Dylan Baker ... Southern Doctor

Shaun O'Hagan ... Ward Attendant Seto (as Shaun O'Hagen)
Leland Gantt ... Ward Attendant Penn

Bill Buell ... Court Doctor
Jimmie Ray Weeks ... Prison Guard

Gregg Bello ... E.R. Doctor
Henry Stram ... ECT Technician

Heather Litteer ... Big Tim Party Girl
Jenny Decker ... Big Tim Party Girl

Ami Goodheart ... Big Tim Party Girl

Nina Zavarin ... Big Tim Party Girl
Stanley B. Herman ... Uncle Hank
Scott Bader ... Party Animal
Jim Centofanti ... Party Animal
Scott Chait ... Party Animal
Daniel Clarin ... Party Animal

Ben Cohen ... Party Animal
Eric Cohen ... Party Animal
Brett Feinstein ... Party Animal
Ricky Fier ... Party Animal
John Getz ... Party Animal
Andrew Kessler ... Party Animal
Ross Lombardo ... Party Animal
Carter Mansbach ... Party Animal
Scott Miller ... Party Animal
Todd Miller ... Party Animal
Joshua Pollack ... Party Animal
Craig Rallo ... Party Animal
Geordan Reisner ... Party Animal
Keith Scandore ... Party Animal
David Seltzer ... Party Animal
Chris Varvaro ... Party Animal
Ricardo Viñas ... Party Animal
Chad Weiner ... Party Animal
Jesse Weissberger ... Party Animal
Greg Weissman ... Party Animal
Hubert Selby Jr. ... Laughing Guard
Lianna Pai ... Angelic Nurse (as Liana Pai)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Darren Aronofsky ... Visitor (uncredited)

Diana Berry ... Malin & Block Executive (uncredited)

John Bryant ... Drug Dealer (uncredited)
Keith Michaels ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
Darren Aronofsky 
Writing credits
Hubert Selby Jr. (based on the book by)

Hubert Selby Jr. (screenplay) and
Darren Aronofsky (screenplay)

Produced by
Ben Barenholtz .... co-executive producer
Beau Flynn .... executive producer
Scott Franklin .... co-producer
Ann Ruark .... line producer
Stefan Simchowitz .... executive producer
Randy Simon .... co-producer
Jonah Smith .... co-producer
Scott Vogel .... co-producer
Eric Watson .... producer
Nick Wechsler .... executive producer
Palmer West .... producer
Original Music by
Clint Mansell 
Cinematography by
Matthew Libatique (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jay Rabinowitz 
Casting by
Ann Goulder 
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
James Chinlund 
Art Direction by
Judy Rhee 
Set Decoration by
Ondine Karady 
Costume Design by
Laura Jean Shannon 
Makeup Department
Judy Chin .... key makeup artist
Marjorie Durand .... assistant makeup artist
Vincent J. Guastini .... special makeup and prosthetic effects
Quentin Harris .... key hair stylist
Paul Huntley .... wigs: Sara Goldfarb
Paul LeBlanc .... hair designer: Ms. Burstyn (as Paul Le Blanc)
Joe Macchia .... chief lab technician: Vincent J. Guastini
Michael Marino .... additional makeup effects artist: Vincent J. Guastini (as Mike Marino)
Michael Marino .... additional sculptor: Vincent J. Guastini (as Mike Marino)
Charles McKenna .... assistant hair stylist
Vincent Schicchi .... fabricator: Vincent J. Guastini (as Vincent T. Schicchi)
Brian Sheratt .... additional hair stylist
Mia Thoen .... additional assistant makeup artist
Louie Zakarian .... key artist: Vincent J. Guastini
Louie Zakarian .... makeup effects coordinator: Vincent J. Guastini
Production Management
Lori Keith Douglas .... unit production manager
Stacy Hope Herman .... production manager: Tappy Tibbons Show
Douglas Wilkinson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Bird .... first assistant director
Lucia Burns .... second second assistant director
Chip Signore .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rise Abramson .... additional scenic
Joni Adams .... art department intern
Ann Marie Auricchio .... scenic artist
Karla J. Bailey .... scenic artist (as Karla Bailey)
Martin Bernstein .... construction coordinator
Jeff Butcher .... on-set dresser
Frances Catalano .... construction grip
Ben Conable .... art department/graphics assistant (as Benjamin Conable)
Michele Corn .... additional scenic
Ralph Fratianni .... second construction grip
Alison Froling .... props
Roman Greller .... set dresser
Jay Hendrickx .... scenic artist
Akeo Ihara .... assistant property master
Sylke Jackson .... additional scenic
Eliza Jiménez .... designer consultant (as Eliza Jimenez)
Robin Koenig .... leadman
Richard Lamb .... additional scenic
Byron K. Lovelace .... props (as Byron Lovelace)
Mark Main .... shop craftsman
Timothy Main .... key craftsman (as Tim Main)
Darius Manaro .... additional scenic
Victor Morales .... additional scenic
Myron Odegaard .... shop electric
Arne Olsen Jr. .... additional construction grip
Arne Olsen .... key construction grip
Tim Oravetz .... property master (as Timothy Oravetz)
Shelley Rich .... art department coordinator
Steven Richetts .... additional scenic (as Steve Ricketts)
Paul Robotti .... additional scenic
Paul Roer .... set dresser
Connie Schlier .... scenic foreman
Gary Seeley .... construction grip (as Gary Seely)
Steven Shellooe .... camera scenic artist
Jennifer Snoeyink .... scenic artist (as Jennifer Shoeyink)
Richard Suffern .... construction grip
Greg Sullivan .... charge scenic artist
Adam Toht .... storyboard artist
Roman Turovsky .... additional scenic
Elmon Webb .... additional scenic
Peter Wright .... props
Timothy Oakley .... prop fabricator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist (as Steve Bain)
Stephen Barden .... dialogue editor
Christopher Barnett .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound (as Chris Barnett)
Dave Barraza .... sound consultant: Dolby
Chris Barron .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound (as Christopher Barron)
Christian Boatsman .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound
Tim Burby .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound
John Countryman .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound
Lee de Lang .... first assistant sound editor (as Lee De Lang)
Brian Emrich .... sound designer
Nelson Ferreira .... adr editor
Nelson Ferreira .... supervising sound editor
Adrian Gauslin .... adr recordist
Jonathan Greber .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound
Rose Gregoris .... second assistant sound editor
Gina Gyles .... foley assistant
Craig Henighan .... sound effects designer
Craig Henighan .... sound effects editor
David Hunter .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound
Ken Ishii .... sound mixer
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason Kaplan .... adr recordist (as Jason Caplan)
Peter Kelly .... foley mixer
Bob Lacivita .... adr recordist
Sean Landeros .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound
Mark Lindow .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound (as Mark Lidow)
Anna Malkin .... foley assistant
Ron Malligers .... foley mixer (as Ron Mellegers)
John Naslen .... adr recordist
Tim O'Connell .... foley mixer
Brandon Proctor .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound (as Brandon Procter)
Jeff Pullman .... stand-by sound mixer
Jill Purdy .... dialogue editor
Laurie Regan .... adr recordist
Eddie Reyes .... sound effects dubbing: Tappy Tibbons Show
Nathan Robitaille .... assistant sound editor
Stephen Roque .... second assistant sound editor
Ronald G. Roumas .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound
Gino Russo .... sound effects dubbing: Tappy Tibbons Show
Tony Sereno .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Tay .... foley mixer
John Taylor .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound
John Torrijos .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound
Christian von Burkleo .... technical staff: Skywalker Sound (as Christian Von Burkleo)
Karl Wasserman .... boom operator (as Karl G.E. Wasserman)
Rebecca Wright .... foley assistant
Brad Zoern .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Mark Bero .... special effects assistant
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects assistant
John Stifanich .... special effects leadman
Visual Effects by
Jeremy Dawson .... visual effects designer and supervisor: Amoeba Proteus
Walter Hart .... effects producer: Film East
Ray Lewis .... title assistant: Amoeba Proteus
Eric Person .... compositor: Film East (as Eric 'Squirrel' Person)
Jim Rider .... compositor: Film East (as Jim Ryder)
George Robbins .... compositor: Film East
Francis Scrubjay Schmidt .... digital supervisor: Film East (as Francis Schmidt)
Dan Schrecker .... visual effects designer and supervisor: Amoeba Proteus
Irka B. Seng .... coordinating assistance: Film East (as Irka Seng)
Mark Tureski .... optical effects (uncredited)
Jay Boryea .... stunts
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator (as Pete Bucossi)
Jay Carrado .... stunts
Touché Cornel .... stunts (as Touche Cornel)
Brian Donahue .... stunts (as Brian Donahaue)
Norman Douglass .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunts
Frank Ferrara .... stunts
Herb Kerr .... stunts
David S. Lomax .... stunts (as David Lomax)
Mick O'Rourke .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Mike Russo)
Derrick Simmons .... stunts
Bruce Smolanoff .... stunts
Jeff Ward .... stunts
Chuck Zito .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dana Altomare .... camera operator: "b" camera
Dave Anderson .... additional best boy electric
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator
John Baer .... still photographer
James Bartolomeo .... first assistant camera (as Jim Bartolomeo)
Chris Beattie .... company grip (as Christopher Beattie)
Nicole Brait .... company electric (as Nicole Braitt)
Geb Byers .... first assistant camera: Steadicam (as Jeb Byers)
John Clemens .... assistant camera: Milo
Francesca Cobaco .... additional company electric (as Francesca 'Max' Corbacho)
Alisa M. Colley .... film loader (as Alisa Colley)
Michael Dana .... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael Dana .... video camera operator: Tappy Tibbons Show (as Mike Dana)
Jon Delgado .... generator operator
Jeffrey A. Eplett .... additional gaffer (as Jeffrey Eplett)
Piper Ferguson .... still photographer: artwork
Jimi Ferrera .... additional first assistant camera
Justin Francis .... apprentice director of photography
Samuel G. Friedman .... company electric (as Sam Friedman)
John Gilgar .... dimmer board operator
Dennis Green .... 24 frame video operator
Liam Halligan .... additional company electric
Jesse Harris .... additional second assistant camera
Sandy Hays .... Steadicam operator
Pedro Hernández .... best boy grip (as Pedro Hernandez)
Augusta Hopkins .... additional company electric
Jennifer Koestler .... second assistant camera
Eric Kutner .... company electric
T.W. Li .... video engineer: Tappy Tibbons Show
Jason Marder .... additional camera loader
Gary Martone .... key grip
Jason Micallef .... company electric
Jason Micallef .... gaffer: second unit
Tally Morse .... dolly grip (as Talley Ware Morse)
Andy Niceberg .... best boy electric
Sam Nicolary .... technician: Milo
Sean O'Brien .... company grip
Neil Orlowski .... additional camera loader
Jim Rider .... operator: Milo (as Jim Ryder)
Kelly Rutkowski .... additional company electric (as Kelly Rutowski)
Richard Rutkowski .... camera operator (as Richard Rutowski)
Richard Rutkowski .... director of photography: second unit
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator: stand-by
Francis Scrubjay Schmidt .... technician: Milo (as Francis Schmidt)
Mark Schmidt .... additional first assistant camera
Melissa Soltis .... additional camera loader
Phil Testa .... gaffer (as Philip Testa)
Joel Tishcoff .... company electric
Joseph Trammell .... video consultant: 24-frame (as Joe Trammell)
David Tumblety .... company electric
Marilou Vetter .... additional second assistant camera
Alicia Weber .... video camera operator: Tappy Tibbons Show
Franz Yeich .... company grip
Chris Zizzo .... generator operator
Nicolas L. Charuet .... additional grip (uncredited)
Laela Kilbourn .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael Toll .... tape operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sharon Blythe .... extras casting assistant
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Jennifer Lindesmith .... casting associate
Freddy Luis .... casting associate
Alex Newman .... casting assistant
Rachael Erwin .... casting intern (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Abma .... assistant costume designer
Kevin Brainerd .... costume assistant
Mark Burchard .... additional wardrobe supervisor
Mickey Carleton .... additional assistant wardrobe (as Mary Carlton)
Kristen Couchot .... assistant costume designer (as Kristen Couchet)
Carolyn Grifel .... costume designer: red dresses (as Carolyn Griffell)
Rachel Haas .... wardrobe intern
Pamela Kezal .... wardrobe supervisor
Donna Maloney .... wardrobe supervisor
Shannon Rodriguez .... wardrobe intern
Nike Silberstein .... wardrobe intern
Editorial Department
Jonathan Mall .... post-production coordinator
Matt Mayer .... associate editor
Perri Pivovar .... assistant editor
Cathy Rait .... color timer
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
George Robbins .... additional television editing: Tappy Tibbons Show
Sharon Santillo .... assistant editor: Tappy Tibbons Show
Oren Sarch .... editor: Tappy Tibbons Show
Tracy Teicher .... assistant editor: Tappy Tibbons Show
Byron Wong .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Stephen Barden .... music editor
Jennifer Culp .... musician: cello, Kronos Quartet
Hank Dutt .... musician: viola, Kronos Quartet
David Harrington .... musician: first violin, Kronos Quartet
Leslie Ann Jones .... music mixer
Kronos Quartet .... score performer: string quartet
David Lang .... arranger
Bob Levy .... music recording assistant
Matt Mayer .... music editor
Brandon Proctor .... music recording assistant
Jay Rabinowitz .... music editor
John Sherba .... musician: second violin, Kronos Quartet
Judith Sherman .... music producer
Dann Michael Thompson .... music mixer
Dann Michael Thompson .... music recording engineer
Andre Zweers .... music recording assistant (as André j.h. Zweers)
Phillip Blackford .... music mix assistant (uncredited)
Paul Oakenfold .... musician: drums, end title song (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Henry Boyle .... driver
Robert Buckman .... driver
Thomas Coleman .... driver
Mike Easter .... transportation co-captain (as Michael C. Easter)
Kenny Gaskins .... transportation captain
William Gore .... driver
Charlie Hoffman .... driver (as Charles Hoffman)
Paul Kane .... driver
Joseph Paprota .... driver
Kevin Smith .... driver
Paul Weiner .... driver
Daniel Young Jr. .... driver (as Danny Young Jr.)
Other crew
Alan Aguilar .... chef
Marco Ajello .... production assistant
Mikhael Antone .... intern
Natalie Arango .... location intern
Darren Aronofsky .... creator: "Month of Fury", Tappy Tibbons Show
Darren Aronofsky .... creator: Tappy Tibbons, Tappy Tibbons Show
Michael Bederman .... production accountant
Marina Bery .... intern
Amy Bullock .... production assistant
Ellen Burke .... production assistant
Juan Carlos Cabreja .... parking production assistant
Chris Collins .... production coordinator
Brian Costello .... assistant to director
Isabel Custer .... intern
Eddie De Harp .... creator: "Month of Fury", Tappy Tibbons Show
Debora Degnan O'Neill .... production secretary (as Debra Degnan)
Michael Espinosa .... production assistant (as Mike Espinoza)
Kim Ferraro .... intern
Charlotte Fleck .... dialect coach
Jennifer Getzinger .... script supervisor
Becky Glupczynski .... assistant production coordinator
Nicholas Goldfarb .... assistant production accountant (as Nick Goldfarb)
Joy Hart .... intern
Desmond Harvey .... craft service
David Kain .... stage manager
Michael Kaycheck .... police advisor (as Mike Kaycheck)
Nicole Klett .... assistant location manager
Steve Knapp .... intern
Marcus Lambkin .... advisor: DJ
Laurent Lavollay-Porter .... location assistant
Thomas 'Redd' Laws .... production assistant
Alan S. Lipp .... medical advisor (as Dr. Alan Lipp)
Mary Litkovich .... publicity: MPRM Public Relations
Jonathan Mall .... assistant to producer
Django Martel .... puppeteer: refrigerator
Jonathan McGrath .... production assistant
Ernest McKinney .... dailies projectionist
David Mendoza .... production assistant
Rebecca A. Miller .... clearance coordinator
Rebecca A. Miller .... product placement
Nathan Nazario .... publicity: MPRM Public Relations
Michael Nickodem .... location manager (as Mike Nickodem)
Chrissy Norton .... intern
Roman Ostrowski .... production doctor (as Dr. Roman Ostrowski)
Jackie Rosen .... intern
Matt Ruskin .... production assistant
Karen Samfilippo .... public relations: Protozoa
Andrew Saxe .... location scout
Timothy Shea .... first assistant chef
Daniel Silvershein .... medical advisor (as Dr. Daniel Silvershein)
Howard B. Simon .... medical advisor (as Dr. Howard B. Simon)
Robert Smyth .... key set production assistant
Pat Sones .... location scout
Roodly St. Eloi .... production assistant
Joseph Stephans .... assistant location manager
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Rob Underberg .... second assistant chef
Rick Washburn .... armorer
Hughroy Williams .... production assistant
Jon Zeidman .... location scout
Lora Zuckerman .... video clearances
Mikayla Abromowitz .... script supervisor (uncredited)
P.J. Haines .... chef (uncredited)
Steve Lee .... production assistant (uncredited)
Wendy Mooradian .... additional assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Caleb Omens .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jonathan Rackman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Vernon Rodriquez .... assistant parking coordinator (uncredited)
Cathy Ziehl .... studio assistant (uncredited)
Joseph Abboud .... thanks
Roger Arar .... special thanks
Alice Arlen .... special thanks
Patty Aronofsky .... special thanks
Lynn Auerbach .... special thanks
Jeremy Barber .... special thanks
Christina Bazdekis .... special thanks
David Bither .... special thanks
Tyler Brodie .... special thanks
Stewart Brookman .... special thanks
Michelle Byrd .... special thanks
David Byrnes .... special thanks
Reggie Rock Bythewood .... special thanks (as Reggie Blythewood)
Robert Caswell .... special thanks
Julia Chasman .... special thanks
Lynda Clarke .... special thanks
Ben Cohen .... special thanks
Renee Colette .... special thanks
Whitney Cook .... special thanks
Olivia Cottrell .... special thanks
Ron Courts .... special thanks
Elliot Crause .... special thanks
Rick Doyle .... special thanks
Maureen Duffy .... special thanks
Doug Ellen .... special thanks
Craig A. Emanuel .... special thanks (as Craig Emanuel)
Bob Flecker .... special thanks
Michelle Forman .... special thanks
Geoffrey Gilmore .... special thanks (as Geoff Gilmore)
David Godbout .... special thanks
Sair Goldenberg .... special thanks
Hunter Gray .... special thanks
Alan Grodin .... special thanks
Dolly Hall .... special thanks
Ari Handel .... special thanks
Sherie Harding .... special thanks
Jai Hart .... special thanks
Jono Hart .... special thanks
Jamie Hilborn .... special thanks
Robert Hurwitz .... special thanks
Hardwick Johnson .... special thanks
Jesse Johnston .... special thanks
Laura Kern .... special thanks
Aleen Keshishian .... special thanks
Courtney Kivowitz .... special thanks
Lawrence Konner .... special thanks (as Larry Konner)
Patty Mack .... special thanks
John A. Malm Jr. .... special thanks (as John Malm Jr.)
Ross Miller .... special thanks
Paul Mittleman .... special thanks
Steve Nebesney .... special thanks
Robert Newman .... special thanks
Giang Nguyen .... special thanks
Al O'Hagen .... special thanks
Joe Orell .... special thanks
Oribe .... special thanks
Frank Pierson .... special thanks
Sara Plant .... special thanks
Chris Policano .... special thanks
Brian Pollack .... special thanks
Najeed Rassie .... special thanks
Robert Redford .... special thanks
Trent Reznor .... special thanks
Thomas Rickman .... special thanks (as Tom Rickman)
Grayson Riley .... special thanks
Stu Robinson .... special thanks
Stuart Rosenberg .... special thanks
Mark Samowitz .... special thanks
Michelle Satter .... special thanks
Judi Schiano .... special thanks
Mark Schild .... special thanks
Paula Schmit .... special thanks
Irving Schwartz .... special thanks
Scott Silver .... special thanks
Kelly Simpson .... special thanks
Zach Sklar .... special thanks
Michael Solomon .... special thanks
Jay Srybnik .... special thanks
Frank Stella .... special thanks
Alexis Stern .... special thanks
Kelly Stevens .... special thanks
Lucas Sussman .... special thanks
Glenn Vanderlinden .... special thanks
Jordanna Vogel .... special thanks
Nancy Volk .... special thanks
Bart Walker .... special thanks
Mark Waters .... special thanks
Donald Weber .... special thanks
Dara Weintraub .... special thanks
Jed Weintrob .... special thanks
Al West .... special thanks
Alison Macdonald West .... special thanks
Loralee West .... special thanks
Colson Whitehead .... special thanks
Ari Zablozki .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for intense depiction of drug addiction, graphic sexuality, strong language and some violence (edited version)
102 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Tappy Tibbons material was shot in one day, with Christopher McDonald improvising a good deal of his material. At the end, the SAG extras for the audience and the crew all gave him a standing ovation.See more »
Continuity: Marion's bangs when she is at dinner with Arnold near the end of the movie constantly change from being behind her ears to down in her face.See more »
Sara Goldfarb:I'm walkin' across the stage! And you should see my Harry on television. We're giving the prizes away.
[bursting into tears]
Sara Goldfarb:I just wanted to be on the show!
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87 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
Great direction, great acting, great score, great script combine to produce a great film that is depressing but totally gripping even if it will not be to everyone's taste, 10 October 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Harry and Tyrone are drug users who decide to try and make some money by cutting their cocaine and selling it on. This idea works very well and the pair start filling a shoe box with $20 bills – Harry even buys his mother, Sara, a television to make up for all the times that he used to steal her old one to sell it for cash. Sara has her won good news, after years of being an ordinary lonely widow she has the chance to appear on a television show herself and is actively dieting to try and fit into her favourite dress for it. With Harry's girlfriend pregnant but happily high, things take a bad turn when rival dealers start a war and dramatically cut the availability and up the price – forcing Harry and Tyrone to do whatever they can to get not only a fix but a supply to sell. Meanwhile, Sara's desire to lose weight sees her starting a regime of diet pills, morning, noon and night.

I came to this film with not even the slightest idea of what it was about but only that it was supposed to be 'good'. I was not totally prepared for a story that grabbed me from the start and delivered an intense narrative at breakneck pace with great acting, amazingly stylish directing, editing and production. While this onslaught will not be to everyone's tastes, I defy pretty much anyone not to be astonished by this film although I expect many will find it to be a pretty hard ride. The story sees four characters each getting into addiction and having it cause their lives to spiral out of control – and that's pretty much it. However it is not so much the story but the telling because it is the delivery that makes the film as amazing and compelling as it is; I don't want to oversell it but all aspects of this film come together perfectly. The writing is realistic and, although not containing the speeches that make a cast shine, is really well written and never strikes a bum note. The script writes highs and lows of addiction so very well that it is easy to forget that what you see in the film has come from a script and story boards.

Of course without the delivery then this would have struggled but it is blessed not only with good actors giving great performances but also average actors giving great performances. Burstyn is amazing – and I'm not overdoing that; hers is a fearless performance that is totally, totally convincing. Her descent is so tragic and involving that it is a major art of the story instead of the subplot it appeared it would be. Connelly is the next to stick in the mind, conveying a total peace and beauty when things are good but a terrible sweaty look of inner agony on her face as she degrades herself for drugs – an amazing performance. Leto is not someone I'm that aware of but he was good here and held his own well beside the two actresses. However the actual surprise of the film came from Wayans; I'm so used to hating him in lazy performances that I forgot he can act and he is good here – avoiding all the ethnic clichés that he usually does. McDonald is excellent in his cleverly used segments. It is easy to dismiss his performance as cheesy and easy but he does get it spot on (as the extras on the DVD show). Supporting roles for people of the recognisable likes of David, Baker, Weeks and Naidu only help.

Of course the main impact of the film comes from the relentless direction that not only produces a stylish product but also draws the audience into the highs and lows the characters experience as well as the repetitive rituals of their lives. He also handles the hallucinations really well – making them genuinely disturbing when they come have been silly. I cannot describe it very well but the direction really hits the nail on the head with heavy style and different techniques. Of course, some may feel that they have seen elements of it before and will say of Aronofsky that he has borrowed much of what we see – certainly the front mounted camera on the characters harks back to Mean Streets and Spike Lee to name two, while others will look at the reference to Dark City (even though Aronofsky) or claim that the hyper direction is Trainspotting X10! However to accuse him of just stealing is lazy and nonsensical because he weaves it altogether for the whole running time; this is not a rip off or a fluke, this is a talented director spinning style and substance. The score by Mansell and the Kronos Quartet is perfect and is a wonderful compliment to the images, increasing their impact and making the film feel fast and exciting at times, tragic and moving at other times. These are just two examples but the film is technically impressive – whether it be the different cameras, the make up, the editing, the use of mobile stop motion, it is all impressive.

Overall this is an amazing film but it is not one that will appeal to all audiences. It is bleak, relentless and a hard watch but it is worth it because it grabs you and refuses to let you go until the very end. The film has a simple plot but a great script that is delivered by a collection of great performances – in particular from Burstyn and Connelly. The direction only adds to Aronofsky's reputation and the original score is fantastic. I am rarely left breathless by a film but I was by this one and I honestly cannot believe that this escaped me for so many years.

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