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Dahmer -- Based on the true crime story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, this movie tells the emotionally riveting story of a man who turned his darkest fantasies into a horrifying reality.
Dahmer -- Based on the true crime story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, this movie tells the emotionally riveting story of a man who turned his darkest fantasies into a horrifying reality.


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13 March 2003 (Sweden) See more »
The mind is a place of its own.
Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
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A little Dahmer in all of us. See more (130 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeremy Renner ... Jeffrey Dahmer

Bruce Davison ... Lionel Dahmer

Artel Great ... Rodney (as Artel Kayaru)

Matt Newton ... Lance Bell

Dion Basco ... Khamtay

Kate Williamson ... Grandma
Christina Payano ... Letitia
Tom'ya Bowden ... Shawna

Sean Blakemore ... Corliss
Mickey Swenson ... Officer Phillips
Julius Branca ... Officer Powell
Pierson Blaetz ... Officer Martin
Vincent Zangari ... Ohio Officer
Xavier Lawrence ... Young Man in Bar

David Manis ... Shop Steward
Lily Knight ... Mother
Steve Keyes ... New Guy
Daniel McInerney ... Bartender
Archie Howard ... Bouncer 1 (as Archie J. Howard II)
Damian Forester ... Bouncer 2
Christopher Louis ... Corpse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beau Clark ... Party Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
David Jacobson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Birke  uncredited
David Jacobson  written by

Produced by
Matthew R. Brady .... line producer (as Matt R. Brady)
Larry Rattner .... producer
Susan R. Rodgers .... co-producer
Leonard Shapiro .... executive producer
Tim Swain .... executive producer (as Timothy Swain)
Original Music by
Christina Agamanolis 
Mariana Bernoski 
Willow Williamson 
Cinematography by
Chris Manley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bipasha Shom 
Casting by
Ricki Maslar 
Production Design by
Eric Larson 
Art Direction by
Kelley Wright 
Costume Design by
Dana Kay Hart  (as Dana Hart)
Makeup Department
Elizabeth Hoel-Chang .... assistant makeup artist (as Elizabeth Hoel)
Michele Tyminski Schoenbach .... makeup department head (as Michele Tyminski)
Christien Tinsley .... designer and creator: special makeup effects
Christien Tinsley .... on-set makeup effects supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony J. Nahar .... first assistant director
T.K. Shom .... second assistant director
Art Department
Abby Cobelli .... property master
Robin C. Humphrey .... art department intern
Mark McQuown .... carpenter
Sound Department
Lori Dovi .... sound mixer-Northern California location
Gary S. Gelfand .... sound designer (as Gary Gelfand)
Mark Linden .... sound designer
Phillip W. Palmer .... sound mixer
Tara A. Paul .... re-recording mixer (as Tara Paul)
David Scharf .... dialogue editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Arasheben .... camera loader
Eric S. Boland .... gaffer
Scott Dropkin .... additional camera loader
Erik Gonzales .... electrician
Keely Grigel .... grip
Gayle Hilary .... second assistant camera
John Hoffma .... key grip
Gaylan Andrew Hussain .... key grip
Tassaduq Hussain .... best boy grip
Eric McCandless .... still photographer
Joe Pacella .... second assistant camera
Joseph Pacella .... second assistant camera
Don Presley .... first assistant camera
Andrew D. Stadler .... assistant camera: San Francisco
Wayne Swab .... grip
Danielle Tsuboi .... second assistant camera: San Francisco
Dave Wightman .... first assistant camera
Sue Young .... camera loader: San Francisco
Casting Department
Tim Marshall .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Vikram Kale .... assistant editor
Location Management
James E. Fitzgerald .... location manager (as Jim Fitzgerald)
Music Department
Renee Travis .... music supervisor
Other crew
Blake Busby .... graphic artist: titles
Sherry Gunderman .... script supervisor
Jasper Jan .... production assistant
Mark A. Jones .... production staff
Johnathan Leonard Mills .... researcher
Cale Mitchell .... set production assistant
Dave O'Brien .... production coordinator
Bob Reif .... key set production assistant
Lisa Bacchus .... special thanks
Ehud Bleiberg .... special thanks
Kathy Chaudhry .... special thanks
Val DeKeyser .... special thanks
Mary Fry .... special thanks
Yitzhak Ginsberg .... special thanks
Karl T. Hirsch .... special thanks
Jennifer Kuwabara .... special thanks
Josh Schiowitz .... special thanks
Shoshannah Day Strauss .... special thanks

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Rated R for aberrant violence, sexuality, language and some drug use
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Jeremy Renner was cast because of his resemblance to Dahmer and not many actors wanted to portray the serial killer.See more »
Continuity: When Dahmer is sitting in the lunch room of the chocolate factory, the establishing shot shows three chocolate men standing in a row in front of him. In the next shot, the chocolate figure on the right has fallen down.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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Movie Connections:
References Bonnie and Clyde (1967)See more »
Keep on Doin' Your ThingSee more »


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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A little Dahmer in all of us., 21 June 2002
Author: rsyung from United States

I found Dahmer to be an interesting exploration into the mind of a serial killer. Light on exposition(flashbacks aside), it allows the viewer to fill in the gaps as to Dahmer's motivation. I think Jeremy Renner did a terrific job portraying Dahmer as a soft-spoken misfit and outsider who's just looking for love. David Jacobson explores the duality of Dahmer effectively and subtlely, as when Dahmer watches people having sex with a mixture of detachment and disdain,and then seeks out his own sexual liaisons with disastrous results. He is so full of self-loathing and shame that he must first drug, then kill his victims to avoid facing the rejection he is sure will happen. When he finally meets Artel Kayaru as Rodney, he has met his alter-ego...someone carefree and uninhibited and it's apparent Dahmer is experiencing conflicting emotions and perhaps some kind of revelation. But it's too late to save him. Low on gore and violence, which was refreshing. Cinematography was first-rate. Locations were depressingly banal and middle America, settings which seem to breed the most monstrous impulses. A lowkey and worthwhile look into the results of unchecked fear rage and shame, and an invitation to explore the little Dahmer in all of us.

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