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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeffrey Dahmer
... Lionel Dahmer
... Rodney (as Artel Kayaru)
... Lance Bell
... Khamtay
... Grandma
Christina Payano ... Letitia
Tom'ya Bowden ... Shawna
... Corliss
Mickey Swenson ... Officer Phillips
Julius Branca ... Officer Powell
Pierson Blaetz ... Officer Martin
Vincent Zangari ... Ohio Officer
Xavier Lawrence ... Young Man in Bar
... 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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13 March 2003 (Sweden)  »

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The Mind Is a Place of Its Own  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,093, 21 June 2002, Limited Release

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$144,008, 11 August 2002
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1.33 : 1
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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 Rodney falls while dancing with the skeleton, first it's on top of him, then it's to his side, and then it's on top of him again. See more »

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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 »


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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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An OK film - gore/bloodhounds will be disappointed
25 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Let's face it: people who will watch this to see violence or some of the acts of the most notorious serial killer, Jeffrey Dahmer, will be disappointed.

The reason?

That's because the film doesn't at all emphasize in Dahmers sadism or cruelty - it's a human look into the mind of an inhuman psycho. Well, I suppose the film is trying to be objective. Not to merely shock, but then again there's too few of Dahmer's unspeakable acts, that one might wonder what the writer/director was trying to do?

Anyway, watch this if you like serial killer films, but don't expect too much. Give it a try, it's quite decent and serious film.


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