The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

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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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Cristofer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as Sherman McCoy

as Peter Fallow

as Maria Ruskin

as Judy McCoy

as Jed Kramer

as Judge White

as Abraham Weiss

as Rev. Bacon

as Tom Killian

as Albert Fox

as Ray Andruitti

as Det. Martin

as Det. Goldberg

as Mr. McCoy

as Arthur Ruskin

as Henry Lamb

as Caroline Heftshank

as Pollard Browning

as Rawlie Thorpe

as Prison Guard

as Rawlie Thorpe

as Ed Rifkin

as Aubrey Buffing

as Robert Corso

as Annie Lamb

as Sir Gerald Moore

as Evelyn Moore

as Public Relations Wom...

as Campbell McCoy

as Roland Auburn

as Filippo Chirazzi

as Sally Rawthrote

as Leon Bavardage

as Inez Bavardage

as Tony, Doorman

as Bill, Doorman

as Eddie, Doorman

as Gene Lopwitz

as Prostitute

as Lockwood

as Court Clerk

as Mrs. McCoy

as Billy Cortez

as Fox's Assistant

as Intercom Man

as Buck

as Cecil Hayden

as `The Commandatori'

as Bobby Shaflet/'Don G...

as Boris Karlevskov

as Female Guest

as TV Producer

as Nunally Voyd

as French Waiter

as Shocked Woman

as Funeral Director

as Ruskin Family Member

as Manny Leerman

as Anchorwoman

as Public Relations Ass...

as Diplomat

as Diplomat's Wife

as Diplomat's Daughter

as Bondsman

as Bondsman

as Bondsman

as Poe Picketer

as Poe Picketer

as Poe Picketer

as Poe Picketer

as Poe Picketer

as Media Jackal

as Media Jackal

as Media Jackal

as Media Jackal

as Media Jackal

as Media Jackal

as Media Jackal

as Media Jackal

as Media Jackal

as Media Jackal

as French Restaurant Pa...

as French Restaurant Pa...

as French Restaurant Pa...

as French Restaurant Pa...

as Gospel Singer

as Restaurant Manager (...

as Gospel Singer

as Gospel Singer

as Gospel Singer

as Weiss' Aide

as Weiss' Aide

as Weiss' Aide

as Well Wisher

as Well Wisher

as Aides to Weiss

as Bondsman
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Critic Reviews for The Bonfire of the Vanities

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (13)

If you're interested in a faithful visual adaptation of Wolfe's novel, be assured that this isn't it.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

What a mess.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

On film, Bonfire achieves a consistency of ineptitude rare even in this era of over-inflated cinematic air bags.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

If you loved Wolfe's book, you may very well hate the movie. If you simply liked the novel, you may be simultaneously entertained and disappointed by what De Palma and Cristofer have done to it.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Certainly Wolfe's canvas might lend itself to a broad approach, but broad like Dr. Strangelove, not broad like the Three Stooges.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The film was cast wrong and written shallowly.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Bonfire of the Vanities

½

Bonfire of the Vanities is not the tumbling shit-fest you've been told it is. In fact the film is pretty funny and shot really nicely. It's not without it's flaws, Hanks is a bit mis cast and Kim Cattrall is downright terrible. It's no American Psycho, but if you're in the mood for a bit of 80's satire, I'd say check it out.

kenstachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

In no way is it the disaster that most people claim it to be. In fact, itā??s actually a very well done criticism of the 80s yuppie lifestyle as well as racism, sex and politics. You have to feel sorrow for Tom Hanksā?? Sherman McCoy, who accidentally gets himself into the biggest scandal of the time. While he might be prejudiced, in no way does he deserve to be put through all the anguish that he is subjected to. I love the idea of the Jewish District Attorney trying to win the minority vote by charging an innocent man as well as his assistant who has no shame in getting all the false evidence he can gather. Melanie Griffith was amazing as an incredibly over the top seductress and Bruce Willis plays a great drunk. Brian De Palma does a great job creating a captivating set of shots that are both original and fun to watch.

ythelastman89
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Tom Wolfe's novel has been shaped into a trivial, cartoon-style movie by director Brian De Palma. This savage comedy is ridiculous and worst film with Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith I ever saw as well as their characters aren't very interesting.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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