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The Informers (2008)

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One week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence.


Gregor Jordan


Bret Easton Ellis (screenplay), Nicholas Jarecki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Foster ... Graham Sloan
Austin Nichols ... Martin
Amber Heard ... Christie
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Tim
Fernando Consagra Fernando Consagra ... Bruce
Aaron Himelstein ... Raymond
Mel Raido ... Bryan Metro
Rhys Ifans ... Roger
Germán Tripel ... Bryan's Guitarist (as German Tripel)
Billy Bob Thornton ... William Sloan
Kim Basinger ... Laura Sloan
Winona Ryder ... Cheryl Moore
Brad Renfro ... Jack
Suzanne Ford ... Bruce's Mother
Cameron Goodman ... Susan Sloan


Loosely connected stories capture a week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence. Written by anonymous

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Greed is good. Sex is easy. Youth is forever.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, drug use, pervasive language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Michelle Pfeiffer was strongly considered for the role of Laura. See more »


When Peter (Mickey Rourke) shows Jack (Brad Renfro) the child in the van, you can easily see a crew member through the front windshield looking in. He tries to get out of the way, but much too late. See more »


Rachel: So, did anybody see that Robert Waters is here?
Tim: Who's that?
Les Price: Come on, Tim. Robert Waters.
[Rachel scoffs]
Les Price: Star of The Flight Patrol. It's a television show.
[Rachel chuckles]
Les Price: On television.
Tim: I don't know. I guess I just must not watch enough TV.
Les Price: [scoffs] Yeah, right.
Rachel: Wait. You don't know who Robert Waters is?
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


Stick N Brush
(as "Stick H A Brush")
Written by Kenny Werner
Courtesy of Extreme Music
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Informers: Revenge of the Sullen
4 September 2009 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

In terms of both faithfulness to their source material and sheer entertainment value, the adaptations of Bret Easton Ellis's notoriously difficult, notoriously nihilistic novels have improved exponentially. Granted, these are tales that (on the surface, at least) do little more than add a smattering of sex, violence, drugs, and general bad behavior to the lives of blonde, vacant teenagers growing up spoiled rotten in the 1980s. Film has come a long way toward "understanding" (if such a thing is possible) and transferring Ellis's stock and trade into something cinematic. Directed by Gregor Jordan (whose name even seems pulled from the author's pages), "The Informers" is as scattered as its source (the screenplay was co-written by Ellis), with barely the bare bones of a cohesive plot–events are only really "connected" by the repeat appearances of its bored, oversexed, and/or strung out protagonists. In a very odd way, I was reminded of Terry Gilliam's "Tideland," a recent example of a film where the viewer's best response is to be swept along unquestioningly by the events that transpire, regardless of how ridiculous or bizarre they may be; "The Informers" begins awkwardly, giving only cursory introductions to barely-distinguishable characters, but eventually affects a lyrical rhythm of its own–Jordan composes countless shots of stunning beauty that are also (quite paradoxically) void of any semblance of humanity. True to Ellis, the characters are sad, pathetic, sadistic, and–above all–lost, searching for a deeper meaning that their hedonistic lifestyle keeps them from attaining. While lacking the biting wit of Ellis's work, "The Informers" will likely connect with the author's niche fans; others will find it as empty and nihilistic and pointless as its characters (which, as several note near the end, is the point exactly).

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Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$300,000, 26 April 2009

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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