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Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodney (as Artel Kayaru)
Christina Payano ...
Tom'ya Bowden ...
Mickey Swenson ...
Julius Branca ...
Officer Powell
Pierson Blaetz ...
Officer Martin
Vincent Zangari ...
Ohio Officer
Xavier Lawrence ...
Young Man in Bar
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Before his arrest and conviction for serial murders, chocolate factory worker Jeffrey Dahmer hunts Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for young attractive males to turn into unconscious (eventually dead) human sex toys, current acts which often prompt memories of earlier killings and of dealings with his suspicious but unaware father. Written by statmanjeff

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The mind is a place of its own.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for aberrant violence, sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 March 2003 (Sweden)  »

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The Mind Is a Place of Its Own  »

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Did You Know?


Director Kathryn Bigelow wanted to cast Renner for Sgt William James in 'The Hurt Locker' in large part to his performance in Dahmer. See more »


The uniforms for the Milwaukee Police officers are incorrect. The badges and cap shields are L.A. style and the officers are wearing shoulder patches on both shoulders. Milwaukee officers wear a patch only on the left shoulder. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: On February 15, 1992 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was convicted of 15 counts of murder and sentenced to 937 years of federal prison. The following story was inspired by events from his life. Certain characters and events are fictional.
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Crazy Credits

Though the names of Jeffrey Dahmer's victims were changed in this biopic, details of his killing methods were used; yet, the film's closing disclaimer states that any similarities to the history of any actual person, living or dead, or any actual event is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »


Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003) See more »


Vinyl & Polyester
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Written by Andre Estrada
Used by permission from Pointspread Publishing
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27 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Extremely well acted, particularly by the lead. Appropriately creepy and atmospheric -- as well as poignant and introspective. Makes a character out of a "monster". Examines Dahmer's struggle with his homosexuality and that struggle's basis for his sickness. Doesn't focus on the violence, and doesn't explore the cannibalism at all. Flashback structure works well. Liked the comparisions of his banal teenage years to the horrific current years. Would have liked a little bit more of an acknowledgement of how totally out of control this guy became. Cinematography is excellent at times -- but is bedeviled by some sloppy focus work. Again, the lead actor is topnotch. This is a work to be proud of.

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