In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Director:

Todd Phillips
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Arthur Fleck
Robert De Niro ... Murray Franklin
Zazie Beetz ... Sophie Dumond
Frances Conroy ... Penny Fleck
Brett Cullen ... Thomas Wayne
Shea Whigham ... Detective Burke
Bill Camp ... Detective Garrity
Glenn Fleshler ... Randall
Leigh Gill ... Gary
Josh Pais ... Hoyt Vaughn
Rocco Luna Rocco Luna ... GiGi Dumond
Marc Maron ... Gene Ufland
Sondra James ... Dr. Sally
Murphy Guyer ... Barry O'Donnell
Douglas Hodge ... Alfred Pennyworth

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Storyline

Arthur Fleck works as a clown and is an aspiring stand-up comic. He has mental health issues, part of which involves uncontrollable laughter. Times are tough and, due to his issues and occupation, Arthur has an even worse time than most. Over time these issues bear down on him, shaping his actions, making him ultimately take on the persona he is more known as...Joker. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Put on a happy face.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing behavior, language and brief sexual images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Arthur Fleck/Joker in this film, is the former brother-in-law of Casey Affleck, who was married to Joaquin's sister, Summer Phoenix from 2003 to 2017. Casey is also the younger brother of Ben Affleck, who portrayed Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Suicide Squad (2016), Justice League (2017), and Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021). This marks the first time that an actor who has played the Joker has been related, through marriage, by an actor who has played Batman. See more »

Goofs

When Arthur goes to the public theatre to confront Thomas, there is a shot of the stage with two speakers visible on either side of the stage. These speakers are modern rigged speaker arrays, which were not yet used in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
News Anchor: [on radio] The news never ends. This is 1080 GCR. You get all the news you need, all day long. Good morning. It's 42 degrees at 10:30 on this Thursday, October 15th. I'm Stan L. Brooks, and here's what's happening.
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Crazy Credits

The DC Comics logo appears at the end of this film, marking it as a standalone tale. See more »

Connections

References Lenny (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

That's Life
Written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon
Performed by Ellis Drane and his Jazz Orchestra (uncredited)
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User Reviews

 
Went for a second time to watch
3 October 2019 | by mariamelkottSee all my reviews

I get why some people hate this . It's because of the political message and how some people think that you need get empathy for Arthur's madness. But come on that is not the point and it will never be. Enjoy this masterpiece because Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips overdid themselves with this movie . The acting,music and cinematography are just amazing ! Please enjoy the movie without overthinking it.


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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$96,202,337, 6 October 2019

Gross USA:

$335,451,311

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,074,251,311
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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