The Bonfire of the Vanities Movie Review 1990

Information and Film Reviews for The Bonfire of the Vanities the Movie

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If you liked Tom Wolfe's viciously satirical novel, chances are you won't like this version. If you didn't read the book, you probably still won't like it. Miscast and stripped of the book's gutsy look inside its characters, the film's sole attribute is Vilmos Zsigmond's photography. Hanks is all wrong as wealthy Wall Street trader Sherman McCoy who, lost in the back streets of the Bronx, panics and accidentally kills a young black kid. Willis' drunken journalist/narrator, Griffith's mistress, and Freeman's righteous judge are all awkward and thinly written. If you're still awake, look for F. Murray Abraham's cameo as the Bronx D.A.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 126 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Satire & Parody, Big-Budget Bombs, Yuppie Nightmares, New York, New York
Michael Cristofer
Tom Hanks, Melanie Griffith, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Alan King, Kim Cattrall, Saul Rubinek, Clifton James, Donald Moffat, Richard Libertini, Andre Gregory, Robert Stephens
Vilmos Zsigmond
Brian DePalma
Dave Grusin
F. Murray Abraham
Peter Guber, Jon Peters, Warner Bros.

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