Academy Award winner Tom Hanks stars with Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffithand Morgan Freeman in the film adaptation of Tom Wolfe's best-sellingnovel that revels in the excesses of the New York of the '80s, TheBonfire of the Vanities.Take one Wall Street tycoon, his Fifth Avenue mistress, a reporterhungry for fame and a wrong turn in The Bronx... Wall Street tycoonSherman McCoy (Hanks) takes that wrong turn in his Mercedes, gets lostin The Bronx--and runs down a poor Black teenager. Rather than stop in adangerous neighborhood, he leaves the boy to die. But this act of callowbrutality begins a chain of events that will rock the global center ofCapitalism and shatter the self-indulgent, greedy life that ShermanMcCoy had believed was untouchable.]]>
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Three Best Actor Academy Award winners have major roles in the movie (F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hanks, and Morgan Freeman) and all three give breathtaking actor performances.....anyone who cares for fine movie actor work cannot afford to miss this great movie.
The direction by Brian DiPalma is brilliant, starting with the camera panorama sweeping across nighttime Manhattan from the top of the Chrysler Building with closeups of it's gargoyles, and ending with great elegant tuxedo and gowns for the ladies crowd scene of astonishing elegance and pomp made even greater by the background music (the music in this film is one of it's many great assets).
DiPalma's used of "fish eye" lenses for closeups of three of the movie's lovable villains (the best movies always have lovable villains, at least the best comedies do) in the final courtroom scene is inspired.....Brian DiPalma is one of the great directors of the 20th century in USA major movies.
The set decoration is especially notable.
The late Lillian Gish (1893 - 1993, an iconic movie star who lived to her 100th year, was the star of D. W Griffiths's "Birth Of A Nation" 1915 classic and later, at age 94, the star of "The Whales Of August" 1987 along with Bette Davis) opined during an interview seen in the documentary she was part of about the history of USA silent era movies (titled "Hollywood: The Silent Era" 1980 written and directed by Kevin Brownlow) that:
"The movies of the silent era during the 1920's 'age of motion picture palaces on Broadway NYC and elsewhere' taught people good manners, elegance and good taste....Read more ›
Now, about the film: This movie was killed by critics before it ever hit theaters. Things like "Bad casting", "Not faithful to the novel", etc, etc. kept popping up in article after article, and/or mentioned on talk shows before the film was even completed. So, you tell me who killed this film at the box office?! It sure as heck wasn't director Brian DePalma's fault!Read more ›
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Despite the two stars the movie had its moments. Morgan Freeman, as the judge, played an excellent role.Published 7 days ago by D. MacLeod
A movie so crammed full with bad decisions, almost every scene left me scratching my head with thoughts of "Why?" and "How? Read morePublished 21 days ago by DMA
classic flick fun to watch. Tom Hanks's face is so expressivePublished 2 months ago by mike mitchell
Movie seemed to be shorter than an earlier version I saw in the cinema. It was somewhat dull and I think some of the more humorous parts were omitted.Published 2 months ago by Comments
Wow.... Really echos the headlines today. Well done film, writing bar-nonePublished 4 months ago by Michael Gatti
I never read the book, just perused a few chapters. It's an entertaining film, though more could have been made of it, if anyone's asking me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MediaCritic
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