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Dahmer (2002)

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

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Lionel Dahmer
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Rodney (as Artel Kayaru)
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Grandma
Christina Payano ...
Letitia
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Shawna
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Corliss
Mickey Swenson ...
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Officer Martin
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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.


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

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13 March 2003 (Sweden)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$16,093 (USA) (21 June 2002)

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$144,008 (USA) (11 August 2002)
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Jeremy Renner was cast because of his resemblance to Dahmer and because not many actors wanted to portray the serial killer. See more »

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When Rodney falls while dancing with the skeleton, first it's on top of him, then it's to his side, and then it's on top of him again. See more »

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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 »

Connections

Version of The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer (1993) See more »

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I Love Payback
Written and Performed by Mr. Payback
Used by permission from Blacks N' Progress
Courtesy of Heat Makaz
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Slices of Life and Death
24 July 2002 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

"Dahmer" tries to tell one of the most horrific stories of recent years. But the whole story of Jeffrey Dahmer does not get told in this movie. There are some shocking moments, but most of the movie gets bogged down in flashbacks (and even flashbacks-within-flashbacks). At some points, you cannot tell if you're watching another flashback or the present moment in the story. Jeremy Renner plays the title character, with an adequately creepy air. Some of his ghastly crimes are shown, while the gore is kept to a minimum. And Dahmer's homosexuality is mentioned, but much of it is kept just off-camera, as evidenced by the montage of Jeffrey's date rape drug-fueled sodomy marathons. This movie does not try to present Jeffrey Dahmer as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. (How could anyone glamorize this murderer?) But I would have preferred some kind of analysis as to why he became a killer. The strange and tragic story of Jeffrey Dahmer left a lot of people sad and wanting answers. But this movie left me wanting satisfaction.


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