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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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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

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director Kathryn Bigelow wanted to cast Jeremy Renner for Sgt William James in The Hurt Locker (2008) in large part due to his performance in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Dahmer is attacking his first (chronological) victim, Dahmer's left hand is alternately grasping/not clasping his victim's jersey 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 »

Connections

References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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Every Beat of My Heart
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
Written by Johnny Otis
Used by permission from Fort Knox Music Inc.
Administered by Carlin America, Inc. and Trio Music Company Inc.
Courtesy of The San Juan Music Group
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A True Masterpiece
12 December 2004 | by xteenagelobotomyxSee all my reviews

After having watched "Nightstalker" the night before, I was wary about seeing "Dahmer." From past experience, I had come to the conclusion that movies about serial killers are for the most part badly done and inaccurate. However, "Dahmer" was a breath of fresh air.

Let me start off by applauding Jeremy Renner's portrayal of Jeffrey Dahmer. He did an amazing job. He had everything down, from the way he walked and talked, to the way he held his cigarette. His work in this movie is absolutely fantastic.

Next I should note that those of you seeking a blood-and-gore-slasher will in fact be disappointed. In my mind, this is another high point to this movie. There were only two scenes involving blood, and these were certainly not explicit gore. "Dahmer" is a journey into the mind of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the most charismatic and polite serial killers known. Only two of his victims were shown being killed, although he actually killed many more. For those of you seeking a psychological glance into the mind of a killer, you will be greatly satisfied.

The cinematography in this film is superb. Fabulous camera angles and lighting make for great esthetic appeal. Some of the shots in this film are truly amazing.

Although a few minor facts were altered in "Dahmer", we must remember that it was not meant to be a documentary. I found that with a few exceptions, it stuck to the facts.

As I already mentioned, I was wary about watching "Dahmer" for the first time. I am truly glad that I did watch it. It is by far the best serial killer movie I have ever seen, and one of the greatest movies I have seen period. I most definitely recommend "Dahmer".


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