The Bonfire of the Vanities

December 21st, 1990


The Bonfire of the Vanities

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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)

Director: 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

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


Did You Know?

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

Continuity: 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...


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