The Bonfire of the Vanities

December 21, 1990 0 By Fans
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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)

Brian De Palma

Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith

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


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

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


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

Gross: $15,691,192

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


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


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


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…