The Bonfire of the Vanities

The Bonfire of the Vanities

Director: Brian De Palma Cast: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith

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Brian De Palma's Hollywood sanitization of Tom Wolfe's scabrous satire stars Tom Hanks as Sherman McCoy, the "master of the universe," a shallow Wall Street investor who makes millions while enjoying the good life and the sexual favors of Maria Ruskin (Melanie Griffith), a Southern belle golddigger. Sherman and Maria are driving back to Maria's apartment from the airport when Maria takes a wrong turn on the expressway and the two find themselves in the South Bronx. She sees a black youth approaching Sherman's car and Maria, frightened, guns the engine, running over the teenager and killing him. The two drive away and decide not to report the accident to the police. Meanwhile, indigent alcoholic journalist Peter Fallow (Bruce Willis), anxious for a story to make good with his editor, comes upon the hit-and-run tale through local black community activist, Reverend Bacon (John Hancock). Bacon plans to use the hit-and-run case as a rallying point for the black community, while Fallow recognizes the press coverage inherent in prosecuting the callow Sherman. As Sherman is brought to his knees, the New York community fragments into different factions who use the case to suit their own cynical political purposes. Finally, Sherman is left without any allies to support him except for the sympathetic Judge White (Morgan Freeman) and the remorseful Fallow.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2012
UPC: 0883929245598
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 2:05:00
Sales rank: 45,087

Special Features

Includes theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Sherman McCoy
Bruce Willis Peter Fallow
Melanie Griffith Maria Ruskin
Kim Cattrall Judy McCoy
Morgan Freeman Judge Leonard White
Saul Rubinek Jed Kramer
F. Murray Abraham D.A. Abe Weiss
John Hancock Reverend Bacon
Kevin Dunn Thomas Killian
Clifton James Albert Fox
Louis Giambalvo Ray Andruitti
Barton Heyman Detective Martin
Norman Parker Detective Goldberg
Donald Moffat Mr. McCoy (Sherman's Father)
Alan King Arthur Ruskin
Beth Broderick Caroline Heftshank
Kurt Fuller Pollard Browning
Adam Le Fevre Rawlie Thorpe
Richard Libertini Ed Rifkin
Andre Gregory Aubrey Buffing
Rita Wilson Public Relations Woman
Kimberleigh Aarn Media Jackal
John Blythe Barrymore Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
Jennifer Bassey Diplomat's Wife
Paul Bates Buck
Richard Belzer TV Producer
John Bentley Bill, Doorman
Scotty Bloch Sally Rawthrote
Katrina Braque Diplomat's Daughter
Jeff Brooks Bondsman
Judith Burke French Restaurant Patron
Edye Byrde Poe Picketer
Debbie Lee Carrington Actor
Channing Chase Shocked Woman
William Clark Eddie, Doorman
O. Laron Clark Cecil Hayden
Joy Claussen French Restaurant Patron
T.J. Coan Bondsman
Johnny Crear Manny Leerman
Vito D'Ambrosio Intercom Man
Kathryn Danielle Public Relations Assistant
Roy Milton Davis Latino
Anatoly Davydov Boris Karlevskov
Brian De Palma Prison Guard
Oliver Dixon Diplomat
Kirsten Dunst Campbell McCoy
Hal England French Restaurant Patron
Sarah Essex Actor
John Fink French Restaurant Patron
Walter Flanagan Media Jackal
Susan Forristal Well Wishers
Staci Francis Gospel Singer
Richard Gilbert-Hill Weiss' Aide
Barbara Gooding Gospel Singer
Fanni Green Prostitute
Daniel Hagen Media Jackal
Mike Hodge Media Jackal
W.M. Hunt Nunally Voyd
Ray Iannicelli Media Jackal
Ernestine Jackson Media Jackal
Sam Jenkins Fox's Assistant
Timothy Jenkins Billy Cortez
Walker Joyce "Don Giovanni"
Jon Rashad Kamal French Waiter
James Lally Bondsman
Louis P. Lebherz "The Commandatori"
Doris Leggett Gospel Singer
Noble Lee Lester Media Jackals
Nickolas Levitin Actor
David Lipman Poe Picketer
Shiek Mahmud-Bey Lockwood
Patrick Malone Henry Lamb
Camryn Manheim Poe Picketer
Marie Chambers Weiss' Aide
Mary Alice Annie Lamb
Cynthia Mason Maid
Malachy McCourt Tony, Doorman
Nancy McDonald Media Jackal
Don McManus Bondsman
George Merritt Poe Picketers
Barry Michlin Funeral Director
Marcia Mitzman Bondsman
Marjorie Monaghan Evelyn Moore
Lorraine Moore Gospel Singer
Virginia Morris Weiss' Aide
Barry Neikrug Aides to Weiss
Novella Nelson Media Jackal
Elizabeth Owens Inez Bavardage
Kathleen Murphy Palmer Gospel Singer
Sherri Paysinger Anchorwoman
George Plimpton Well Wisher
Geraldo Rivera Robert Corso TV Journalist
Hansford Rowe Leon Bavardage
Connie Sawyer Ruskin Family Member
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi Maitre D'
Helen Stenborg Mrs. McCoy
Robert Stephens Sir Gerald Moore
Kirk Taylor Aide
Nelson Vasquez Pimp
Ermal Williamson Butler
Troy Windbush Roland Auburn
Adina Winston Female Guest
William Woodson Gene Lopwitz
J.D. Wyatt Poe Picketer
Emmanuel Xuereb Filippo Chirazzi
Stewart J. Zully Court Clerk

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director,Producer
Fred Caruso Co-producer
Michael Cristofer Screenwriter
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Peter Guber Executive Producer
Bill Pankow Editor
Jon Peters Executive Producer
David Ray Editor
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer
Tom Wolfe Source Author
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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