- Languages: English, French
- Subtitles: English, French
- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 29, 2005
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0 English
- Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0 French
- Stereo 2S English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Melanie Griffith &
F. Murray Abraham,
Bruce Willis &
Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma
Director of Photography:
Sight and Sound - 05/01/1991
"...An array of flamboyant supporting performances..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Sherman McCoy was Wall Street's "Master of the Universe" - and everything in his life was right. Then one night he took a wrong turn at the wrong place with the wrong woman. And nothing has gone right since.
Tom Hanks as McCoy, Bruce Willis as a jaded journalist, Melanie Griffith as McCoy's self-centered mistress and Morgan Freeman as an outspoken judge ignite The Bonfire Of The Vanities, the quintessential story of the go-for-it '80s. Based on Tom Wolfe's bestseller and directed by Brian De Palma, this freewheeling film pokes fun at the glitzy Greed Decade. It's a comic circus so outrageous a single spark could start a bonfire!
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.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Bonfire of the Vanities
A hit-and-run accident in the Bronx prompts a citywide conflict, fueled by ambitious politicians, greedy lawyers and jaded ministers with a wealthy businessman in the center of the controversy. Based on the best-selling novel by Tom Wolfe.
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.