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American Psycho (2000)

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A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director:

Mary Harron

Writers:

Bret Easton Ellis (novel), Mary Harron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Patrick Bateman
Justin Theroux ... Timothy Bryce
Josh Lucas ... Craig McDermott
Bill Sage ... David Van Patten
Chloë Sevigny ... Jean
Reese Witherspoon ... Evelyn Williams
Samantha Mathis ... Courtney Rawlinson
Matt Ross ... Luis Carruthers
Jared Leto ... Paul Allen
Willem Dafoe ... Donald Kimball
Cara Seymour ... Christie
Guinevere Turner ... Elizabeth
Stephen Bogaert ... Harold Carnes
Monika Meier Monika Meier ... Daisy
Reg E. Cathey ... Homeless Man
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Storyline

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. Written by Lion Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Killer inside. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jared Leto plays Paul Allen. This is the second time he's played "Paul", the first being Urban Legend (1998). See more »

Goofs

(at around 28 mins) When Patrick Bateman murders Paul Allen, the collar on his raincoat changes from being folded on both sides, to one side raised, to half the collar up back to folded on both sides. This alternates between many shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Waiter #1: Our pasta this evening is squid ravioli in a lemon grass broth with goat cheese profiteroles, and I also have an arugula Caesar salad. For entrees this evening, I have swordfish meatloaf with onion marmalade, rare roasted partridge breast in raspberry coulis with a sorrel timbale.
Waiter #2: ...and grilled free-range rabbit with herbed french fries. Our pasta tonight is a squid ravioli in a lemon grass broth, and the fish tonight is a grilled...
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Alternate Versions

In the television edit, there are these changes:
  • Though the hooker scene is kept in, the threesome sex scene part is cut off, and after starting "Sussudio" it cuts to them with the light off. When Christian Bale gets up, his butt is not shown.
  • Christian Bale's butt is also removed from "Morning Routine" scene
  • Curses and some innuendo ("he won't give the maitre'd head") are cut. The line "I want you to clean your vagina" is kept however.
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Connections

References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Something in the Air (American Psycho Remix)
Written by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels
Performed by David Bowie
Additional Production and Remix by Mark Plati
Courtesy of Nipple Music (BMI) administered by RZO Music, Inc., My Half Music (ASCAP)
administered by Bug Music, Inc. and Risky Folio, Inc./Virgin Records America, Inc.
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A must see
23 April 2000 | by mikhaighSee all my reviews

Having read the novel by Easton-Ellis a year ago I was intrigued to find out how it could be made into a movie.

Whilst turned off by the totally uneccesary details of Batemans crimes in the book, I felt that Easton's insight into superficial 80's yuppie culture made it a classic.

Who could play a credible Bateman? Leonardo Di Caprio? I think not.

How would Mary Harron deal with those controversial torture scenes?

What we got was one of the finest movies I have seen for some time. Of course, those of closed minds will slate this film without even bothering to see it, simply because of the book's notoriety.

I was impressed to see how closely Harron followed the book, replacing the un-filmable seens with suggestion, aka ear-cutting scene from resevior dogs, so that you believe you have seen more than you have. There are more parallels with Tarantino, such as the use of classic (& non classic ) 80's pop to create a stylised feel to the movie, that has not been seen since Pulp Fiction.

Casting was superb, with Cristian Bale giving the performance of a lifetime, We, the audience, saw the souless monster within, Batemans superficial aquaintences, saw another faceless human being.

Just like the book, you are never sure wether Batemans crimes are real, or just imaginary, but his slide into insanity is clearly real and paced expertly by Bale.

Rheese Witherspoon as Evelyn was disappointing, "Election" showed what a great actress she is and although this role called for an airhead performance, it was clear that she was cruising.

Mary Harron deserves the credit for creating an excellent film, that could have so easily been just another slasher movie.


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Language:

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Release Date:

14 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,961,015, 16 April 2000

Gross USA:

$15,070,285

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,266,564
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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