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The Bonfire of the Vanities Movie Review Summary

Actors: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall, Morgan Freeman, F. Murray Abraham

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Tom Hanks stars as a financier who appears to have it all. Then one night his mistress (Griffith) runs over a young black man in an alley. This stirs up racial tensions even more in a city where corrupt politicians and policemen are exploiting minority issues for their own gain. Morgan Freeman is electrifying as the judge who won't stand for any of that in his courtroom, but it's journalist Peter Fallow (Bruce Willis) who writes tabloid style articles aimed at pitting the public against Sherman McCoy (Hanks). Soon all sides are bitterly fighting in this 80's era court drama.
The review of this Movie prepared by Alex Emborsky



Sherman McCoy (Hanks) is on top of the world when his mistress Maria Ruskin (Griffith) kills a black youth in a hit-and-run accident. Tabloid journalist Peter Fallow (Willis) pursues the story and arouses fierce public opinion with a series of sensational news articles, and other opportunists like the Reverend Bacon (John Hancock) and District Attorney Abe Weiss (Abraham), who wants to run for mayor, jump on the bandwagon. This 1990 disaster was not a suitable story for director Brian DePalma: the satire and ironies of Tom Wolfe's bestselling novel about the greed, lust, and vanity of the Me Decade '80s was mostly turned into a broad drama with laughs and mostly caricatures. Most of the principle roles were probably miscast, as well. Watch for Alan King, George Plimpton, Richard Belzer, Camryn Manheim, Geraldo Rivera, and 8-year-old Kirsten Dunst in the mammoth supporting cast.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   political satire

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   wealthy    -   rude people

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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