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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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David Jacobson

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David Jacobson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Christina Payano ... Letitia
Tom'ya Bowden Tom'ya Bowden ... Shawna
Sean Blakemore ... Corliss
Mickey Swenson Mickey Swenson ... Officer Phillips
Julius Branca Julius Branca ... Officer Powell
Pierson Blaetz Pierson Blaetz ... Officer Martin
Vincent Zangari Vincent Zangari ... Ohio Officer
Xavier Lawrence Xavier Lawrence ... Young Man in Bar
David Manis ... Shop Steward
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2003 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mind Is a Place of Its Own See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jeremy Renner was cast because of his resemblance to Jeffrey Dahmer and because not many actors wanted to portray the serial killer. See more »

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When Lance is on top of Jeffrey and choking him, his hand changes position on Dahmer's neck between shots. See more »

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[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 »


Soundtracks

So Close to Being in Love
Performed by Clyde McPhatter
Written by Jimmy Williams and Estelle Loring
Used by permission from Iza Music
Administered by The Clyde Otis Music Group
Courtesy of The Clyde Otis Music Group
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Truthfully
24 June 2004 | by drunkenbear2001See all my reviews

The first time I viewed this film. I thought it was pure trash. But for some strange reason many moons later - I watched it again. And really liked it a lot. And that's why I recommend watching it the first time with an open mind. And not expecting a gorefest. Myself - being a big fan of the horror genre. Expected to see Jeffrey depicted as a homosexual lune - carvin/sexin' up guys left and right. I mean I had read about him some and knew there was more to him then this psycho. But I figured a movie about him would want to focus on the killings for shock value. Boy was I in for it. This movie doesn't focus on Jeffrey the killer. But Jeffrey the person. And really succeeds in doing so in my opinion. But rambling on - I want to leave reader's with this. If you're planning to watch this movie. Please do so with an open mind - and not expecting the stereotypical Jeffrey Dahmer. You'll be disappointed if you don't.

By the way: I want to give some praise to writer/director David Jacobson. Very talented guy imo. I'll definitely be looking into more of his projects. Jeremy Renner as well. Really nice job portraying Dahmer on screen. Good casting choice.


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