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Joker (2019)

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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".

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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

Joker centers around an origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale. Written by Warner Bros.

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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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Details

Official Sites:

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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:

$154,728,787

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,928,787
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The song heard in the teaser trailer is "Smile", composed by Charles Chaplin for his film Modern Times (1936). See more »

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Set in 1981, the ambulance that strikes the police car containing the Joker is built using a Ford E-Series 1992 model or later chassis. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Fleck: [In Arthur's notebook] I hope my death makes more cents than my life.
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Crazy Credits

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A psychological study, rather than a superhero flick
1 September 2019 | by t-viktor212See all my reviews

I have seen Joker yesterday at Venice an early ill-fated screening. We had some trouble with audio that lead to a near-hour delay, but it definitely was worth it.

Joker deserved to be presented at Venice Film Festival, an event that regards cinema as a form of art, because this film is far from a blockbuster or a mere entertainer movie, as most films in the genre are.

It focuses on the psyche of the main character, as it slowly crumbles under the pressure of society. And thus, Joaquin Phoenix does a wonderful performance, earning almost surely a nomination at the oscars at least. It's a take on the Joker that differs from Ledger's, but I'd say that both are equally as good. The main difference might be that Ledger's joker is a rational that acts insane, while Phoenix's is insane to the root.

Despite being a movie about a superhero villain, Joker is much superior to most of the movies of the genre (I'd exclude the Dark Knight Trilogy only, but Joker is easily as good as Nolan's movies, or at least very close). It is a small-scaled film, with a distinct style and cinematography (that cannot but be appreciated) and a set of very cinephile references that however do not feel too forced or overly opressive. (most notable are the similarities to Scorsese's 'Taxi Driver' and his 'The King of Comedy', but also Chaplin's 'Modern Times' is somewhat referenced).

I am eager to see more non-comedic efforts by Todd Phillips. This movie was so far probably the best of 2019 (at worst contested so far only by Dolor Y Gloria or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and that should be very convincing.


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