The Bonfire of the Vanities

Starring: Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith & Bruce Willis Director: Brian De Palma  Rated: R: Restricted
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
  • Video: Color
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  • Originally Released: 1990
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Surround - English, French

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Entertainment Reviews:

Sight and Sound - 05/01/1991
"...An array of flamboyant supporting performances..."

Product Description:

Brian De Palma (SCARFACE) directed this lavish adaptation of Tom Wolfe's best-selling satirical novel, featuring Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith, and Bruce Willis. Hanks stars as Sherman McCoy, a distinctly 1980s brand of wealthy Wall Street wizard who takes a mighty fall from his glitzy lifestyle after he and his mistress (Griffith) put a Bronx youth into a coma via a hit-and-run accident. Alcoholic reporter Peter Fallow (Willis) sees the crime as an opportunity for big headlines, and soon Sherman is the target of every political and media group in the city, including an Al Sharpton-style black leader named Rev. Bacon (John Hancock) and a sleazy D.A. (F. Murray Abraham). SEX IN THE CITY babe Kim Catrall costars as Sherman's long-suffering wife, and Morgan Freeman is the judge who tries to reign in this three-ring media circus of a case. Like the decade it parodies, this film is proudly over the top in its lavishness. It's also filled to overflowing with inspired casting, wildly inventive comedy, and the sort of artistically ambitious tracking shots for which its director is renowned.

Plot Synopsis:

A super-successful Wall Street type and his mistress are involved in a hit-and-run accident. A cast of colorful characters, particularly a down-on-his-luck journalist, sees this couple's misfortune as a meal ticket in this rather savagely underrated film loosely based on Tom Wolf's best-seller.

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Injustice | Law / Lawyers | Race Relations | Theatrical Release

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  • Sales Rank: 56,546
  • UPC: 883929155378
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