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The Bonfire of the Vanities

Plot

Financial "Master of the Universe" Sherman McCoy sees his life unravel when his mistress Maria Ruskin hits a black boy with his car…

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 5.2/10 (11,750 voted)

Director:
Brian De Palma

Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith

Storyline
Financial "Master of the Universe" Sherman McCoy sees his life unravel when his mistress Maria Ruskin hits a black boy with his car. When yellow journalist Peter Fallow enflames public opinion with a series of distorted tabloid articles on the accident, the case is seized upon by opportunists like Reverend Bacon and mayoral candidate D.A. Abe Weiss.

Writers: Michael Cristofer, Tom Wolfe

Cast:

Tom Hanks

Sherman McCoy


Bruce Willis

Peter Fallow


Melanie Griffith

Maria Ruskin


Kim Cattrall

Judy McCoy


Saul Rubinek

Jed Kramer


Morgan Freeman

Judge Leonard White


John Hancock

Reverend Bacon


Kevin Dunn

Tom Killian


Clifton James

Albert Fox


Louis Giambalvo

Ray Andruitti


Barton Heyman

Det. Martin


Norman Parker

Det. Goldberg


Donald Moffat

Mr. McCoy


Alan King

Arthur Ruskin


Beth Broderick

Caroline Heftshank

Taglines:
Take one Wall Street tycoon, his Fifth Avenue mistress, a reporter hungry for fame, and make the wrong turn in The Bronx…then sit back and watch the sparks fly.

Release Date: 21 December 1990

Filming Locations: 346 E 59th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $47,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,216,063
(USA)
(21 December 1990)

Gross: $15,691,192
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

The making of this film was chronicled in Julie Salamon's best-selling book "The Devil's Candy."

Goofs:

Continuity:
Before cuckold Arthur Ruskin dies in the restaurant, his cocktail glass alternates from between his hands to outside his hands.

Quotes:

Sherman McCoy:
Maria, you're incorrigible!



User Review

This is what I call an honest movie.

Rating: 10/10


After reading a large number of negative reviews, it finally became
clear to me why this movie is so widely hated – because it honestly
depicts the modern biased race-based American society, in which
uneducated crowds are ready to devour an honest person, and punish him
for a crime he didn't commit. The acting is great, Tom Hanks does an
admirable job, however,it isn't acting which makes the movie great. The
superb directing, creating realistic and horrible scenes of dirty
political games and black (literally) PR, capture my attention. So, to
sum up, a brilliant political satire. The movie could make a laughable
comedy, if it wasn't so terrifying…