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Dahmer (2002)

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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:
Lionel Dahmer
Rodney (as Artel Kayaru)
Christina Payano ...
Tom'ya Bowden ...
Mickey Swenson ...
Officer Phillips
Julius Branca ...
Officer Powell
Pierson Blaetz ...
Officer Martin
Vincent Zangari ...
Ohio Officer
Xavier Lawrence ...
Young Man in Bar
Shop Steward


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)  »

Also Known As:

The Mind Is a Place of Its Own  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,093, 21 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$144,008, 11 August 2002
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1.33 : 1
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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 Dahm See more »


When Dahmer gets pulled over by the cop in 1978, he shows a New York State driver's license from post 1995. 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 »


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


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Performed by Andrea True Connection
Written by Gregg Diamond
Used by permission from EMI U Catalogue Inc.
Courtesy of The San Juan Music Group
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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It was NOT boring
15 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I did hear a lot of bad buzz about this movie; mainly people were complaining that it was boring. The movie starts out with Jeffrey living alone in his apartment ready to kill his next victim, an Asian boy and meeting another one at the same time, Rodney. We get many flashbacks of when he was young and when he committed his first murder.

So was it boring? Hell No! Well for me it was never boring because from the beginning we are captivated by this lonely and troubled man. The reason behind this was due to Jeremy Renner's real and absorbing portrayal that should stand out as one of the best performances of 2002. Another reason it was never boring was because of its catchy dialogue. Jeffrey had some really though provoking things to say. The best conversations were between Jeffrey and Rodney who was played by Artel Kayaru. He was magnetic and he gave the second best performance.

People who thought that this movie was boring were probably expecting more scenes of Jeff killing all his victims. We don't see all of the crimes and that's because this film was more of a character study than a gore infested horror film. There were some creepy and disturbing scenes but nothing intensely frightening. Only one particular scene that caught me by surprise---oh,that really freaked me out. Great scene, I loved it because it didn't have any music and it was very well directed. It's really weird to feel sorry and be moved by a killer and it's the first time I ever felt that way.

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