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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".

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

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.

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joker See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$96,202,337, 6 October 2019

Gross USA:

$213,820,373

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$606,720,373
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joaquin Phoenix didn't exactly say that he went mad doing the role of the title character. What he actually said, during the movie's press conference: "The first thing for us was the weight loss. I think that's really what I started with. And, as it turns out, that then affects your psychology. You start to go mad when you lose that amount of weight in that amount of time." See more »

Goofs

The idea that a late night talk show would air a video of a comic from a club just to make fun of his act in 1981 is just absurd. This type of thing did not take place until the modern smart phone age. In 1981 they would have had to have permission from both the comic and the club, and the act of airing it without permission would likely spark a lawsuit. See more »

Quotes

Social Worker: Is something funny?
Arthur Fleck: I just thought of a funny joke!
Social Worker: Do you mind telling it?
Arthur Fleck: ...You wouldn't get it.
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Crazy Credits

The film uses the 1972 Warner Bros. Pictures logo. See more »


Soundtracks

Love Theme
Cue from Modern Times (1936)
Written by Charles Chaplin
Orchestral Arrangement Courtesy of Bourne Co.
Performed by Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks (as North German Radio Symphony Orchestra)
Conducted by Timothy Brock
Courtesy of CPO and Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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User Reviews

 
The Hype is real
4 October 2019 | by kdagoulis26See all my reviews

Most of the time movies are anticipated like this they end up falling short, way short. Joker is the first time I was more than happy with the hype. Please ignore the complaints of "pernicious violence" as they are embarrassing to say the least. We haven't seen a comic movie this real before. If we ever "deserved" a better class of criminal - Phillips and Phoenix have delivered. This is dark, Joker IS dark and you will fall in love with the villain as you should. The bad guys are always more romantic anyway.


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