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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | | Drama | 15 December 2000 (USA)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

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Darren Aronofsky

Writers:

Hubert Selby Jr. (based on the book by), Hubert Selby Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Sara Goldfarb
Jared Leto ... Harry Goldfarb
Jennifer Connelly ... Marion Silver
Marlon Wayans ... Tyrone C. Love
Christopher McDonald ... Tappy Tibbons
Louise Lasser ... Ada
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Rae
Janet Sarno ... Mrs. Pearlman
Suzanne Shepherd ... Mrs. Scarlini
Joanne Gordon Joanne Gordon ... Mrs. Ovadia
Charlotte Aronofsky Charlotte Aronofsky ... Mrs. Miles
Mark Margolis ... Mr. Rabinowitz
Michael Kaycheck ... Donut Cop (as Mike Kaycheck)
Jack O'Connell ... Corn Dog Stand Boss
Chas Mastin Chas Mastin ... Lyle Russel
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Storyline

Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a retired widow, living in a small apartment. She spends most of her time watching TV, especially a particular self-help show. She has delusions of rising above her current dull existence by being a guest on that show. Her son, Harry (Jared Leto) is a junkie but along with his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) has visions of making it big by becoming a drug dealer. Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) could be fashion designer or artist but is swept along in Harry's drug-centric world. Meanwhile Sara has developed an addiction of her own. She desperately wants to lose weight and so goes on a crash course involving popping pills, pills which turn out to be very addictive and harmful to her mental state. Written by grantss

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From the director of [Pi]

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense depiction of drug addiction, graphic sexuality, strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Requiem for a Dream See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,770, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,635,482

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,390,108
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Ellen Burstyn stated that in her opinion, playing Sara Goldfarb was her best acting achievement. See more »

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(at around 58 mins) Marion's bangs when she is at dinner with Arnold near the end of the movie constantly change from being behind her ears to down in her face. See more »

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Sara Goldfarb: I'm thinking thin.
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The man on the train who says "You're whacked" to Sara when she tells him that she's going to be on TV is credited as "You're Whacked". See more »

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The edited version replaces the shot of Marion and another woman having sex with two men with a shot of Marion partially clothed climbing on top of a man. Also, all the shots of the double-ended dildo and the shots of Marion and the woman having sex on it have been replaced with alternate camera angles and shots that hide any indication that the two are having anal sex on it. Some shots were also re-used to hide the close-ups of the two butts slamming together. See more »

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Punishing and Unforgettable
8 April 2002 | by bshsfoSee all my reviews

I respect and admire this movie, even though (and perhaps because) it is complex, occasionally irritating and often very hard to take. Frankly, I avoided seeing it for a long time, but now am glad I did. To complain that the film fails as a realistic portrayal of addiction is, I think, to miss the point. Far from being the mere depiction of a collective downward spiral fueled by drugs, the movie is in fact a meditation on loneliness, greed, corruption, desperation, and the pervasiveness/banality of media, among many other things.

The subtleties of the text are communicated, first and foremost, by superb acting. The performances of Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans are all revelatory. In particular, I was knocked out by Burstyn, who is almost comically pathetic in the beginning, but who manages by the end to convey her character's utter devastation in the truest, most heartbreaking manner imaginable. The others are absolutely perfect as well; I was simply astonished by Leto and especially Wayans (may he eschew "scary movies" forevermore). Connelly has perhaps the most difficult role in the film, with opportunity and motivation galore to go over the top, and she delivers not a single false note throughout.

My only real quibbles with the movie have to do with certain instances of the split-screen and jump-cut techniques, which struck me as somewhat gimmicky and repetitious, respectively. That being said, overall the style of the film is impressive and appropriate. The cinematography is beautifully conceived and executed, and the score is every bit as haunting as the performances (thanks largely to the work of the Kronos Quartet).

In sum, regardless of whether or not the subject matter itself shocks you, this movie will put the viewer through the proverbial wringer. Give it a chance, and you will connect with the characters and then witness their destruction (spiritual and otherwise). It is a punishing but unforgettable experience. I'm not sure whether I'd necessarily recommend it or not; it all depends on your personal tolerance level with regard to an unflinching portrayal of human nature and behavior at their most extreme and, ultimately, tragic. For my part, while I don't expect to watch this film very often in the future, I'm sure glad it'll be on the shelf.


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