The Bonfire of the Vanities

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Released 1990

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Director:
Brian De Palma
Released:
1990
Rating:
R

The Bonfire of the Vanities is a film based on Tom Wolfe's novel of the same name, and was directed and produced by Brian De Palma. Wall Street investor Sherman McCoy (Tom Hanks) takes a wrong turn while driving with his mistress, Maria Ruskin (Melanie Griffith). They find themselves in South Bronx gang territory and McCoy panics when two black teens approach him. He flees, hitting and injuring one of the young men with his car, then leaves the scene of the crime without reporting it. Evidence leads to his arrest for the hit and run, and his trial soon becomes a media circus instigated by alcoholic journalist Peter Fallow (Bruce Willis) and fueled by the political aspirations of Bronx district attorney Abe Weiss (F. Murray Abraham). McCoy's wife leaves him, his friends abandon him, and his life spirals into chaos as he struggles for acquittal in the face of conspiracy, perjury and political intrigue. Adapted for the screen by Michael Cristofer, the Bonfire of the Vanities is a tense exploration of greed, ambition and social status.

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    Jed Kramer

    F. Murray Abraham

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