The Bonfire of the Vanities

1990, Comedy/Drama, 2h 6m

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The Bonfire of the Vanities is a vapid adaptation of a thoughtful book, fatally miscast and shorn of the source material's crucial sense of irony. Add it to the pyre of Hollywood's ambitious failures. Read critic reviews

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In this adaptation of the Tom Wolfe novel, powerful Wall Street executive Sherman McCoy (Tom Hanks) is riding with his greedy girlfriend, Maria (Melanie Griffith), when she makes a wrong turn and winds up in the Bronx. There, she runs over a black boy and drives off without reporting it. When alcoholic tabloid reporter Peter Fallow (Bruce Willis) discovers the story, he knows it will be scandalous and riles up New Yorkers with his coverage of the case, which soon goes to trial.

Cast & Crew

Tom Hanks
Sherman McCoy
Bruce Willis
Peter Fallow
Kim Cattrall
Judy McCoy
Saul Rubinek
Jed Kramer
Morgan Freeman
Judge Leonard White
F. Murray Abraham
D.A. Abe Weiss (uncredited)
John Hancock
Reverend Bacon
Kevin Dunn
Tom Killian
Louis Giambalvo
Ray Andruitti
Barton Heyman
Det. Martin
Norman Parker
Det. Goldberg
Alan King
Arthur Ruskin
Beth Broderick
Caroline Heftshank
Kurt Fuller
Pollard Browning
Adam LeFevre
Rawlie Thorpe
Andre Gregory
Aubrey Buffing
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