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American Psycho (2000)

R | | Crime, Drama | 14 April 2000 (USA)
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A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Patrick Bateman
... Timothy Bryce
... Craig McDermott
... David Van Patten
... Jean
... Evelyn Williams
... Courtney Rawlinson
... Luis Carruthers
... Paul Allen
... Donald Kimball
... Christie
... Elizabeth
... Harold Carnes
Monika Meier ... Daisy
... Homeless Man
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Storyline

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. Written by Lion Films

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I think my mask of sanity is about to slip See more »

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

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14 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Psicópata americano  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,961,015, 16 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,070,285, 30 July 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,266,564
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The scene in which Patrick and Courtney are in bed (when she asks him if he'll call her before Easter) is taken from Bret Easton Ellis' first novel, "Less Than Zero". The conversation between Clay and Blair in that novel is almost identical to the one in the film (Easter has been substituted for Christmas). Although in the book, "American Psycho", Courtney (while lying in bed) does ask Patrick if he will call her before Thanksgiving. See more »

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Soon after Patrick, Christie and Sabrina enter the bedroom, Patrick calls Christie "Kirsty". See more »

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Waiter #1: Our pasta this evening is squid ravioli in a lemon grass broth with goat cheese profiteroles, and I also have an arugula Caesar salad. For entrees this evening, I have swordfish meatloaf with onion marmalade, rare roasted partridge breast in raspberry coulis with a sorrel timbale.
Waiter #2: ...and grilled free-range rabbit with herbed french fries. Our pasta tonight is a squid ravioli in a lemon grass broth, and the fish tonight is a grilled...
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Something in the Air (American Psycho Remix)
Written by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels
Performed by David Bowie
Additional Production and Remix by Mark Plati
Courtesy of Nipple Music (BMI) administered by RZO Music, Inc., My Half Music (ASCAP)
administered by Bug Music, Inc. and Risky Folio, Inc./Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Two Chainsaws Up
15 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Without a doubt the most underrated movie of the past decade, "American Psycho" is a piece of American cinema that shouldn't be missed by anyone, regardless if they do not like the violence (which does have its reasons).

Christian Bale gives a flawless performance as the troubled, deep down wannabe Yuppie who has psychotic, violent impulses. This is true acting here, folks. Not phoned in Tom Crooze acting. Some people object to Patrick Bateman narrating the movie [always a weak sign in a movie] and not letting us figure his motives out on our own, but if you watch closely, Bale shows us Bateman's vulnerablity through every minute of every day of his life. The movie is at times hysterical, as his character uses dominant Alpha Monkey behavior around the opposite sex. But again, it's all for good reason.

If not for Bale's performance, see it for the knife twisting satire of the '80's -- from the clothes, to the hairdos, to the music [I'll never be able to hear Phil Collins in the same way again!] The production value is rich in '80's nostalgia from the "Black and White" set designs to the enormous cellphones [how could we forget those?].

This is a movie that major studios are too afraid to touch. This is film making. Remember film making? When films took you on a ride in someone's life and you would walk away with a piece of their mind? American Psycho doesn't have any real morals or answers, but it shows the deep psychological insecurities some men suffer everyday. Oh yeah, and it was directed by a woman, so all you feminists shut up!


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