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The Bonfire of the Vanities Details


[[Performer~P17596~Brian De Palma~briandepalma]]'s Hollywood sanitization of [[Performer~P77178~Tom Wolfe~tomwolfe]]'s scabrous satire stars [[Performer~P93341~Tom Hanks~tomhanks]] 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 ([[Performer~P28845~Melanie Griffith~melaniegriffith]]), 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 approaching Sherman's car and Maria, frightened, guns the engine, running over the teenager and killing him. The two drive away and decide not to report the accident to the police. Meanwhile, indigent alcoholic journalist Peter Fallow ([[Performer~P76618~Bruce Willis~brucewillis]]), anxious for a story to make good with his editor, comes upon the hit-and-run tale through local black community activist, Reverend Bacon ([[Performer~P298960~John Hancock~johnhancock]]). Bacon plans to use the hit-and-run case as a rallying point for the black community, while Fallow recognizes the press coverage inherent in prosecuting the callow Sherman. As Sherman is brought to his knees, the New York community fragments into different factions who use the case to suit their own cynical political purposes. Finally, Sherman is left without any allies to support him except for the sympathetic Judge White ([[Performer~P90514~Morgan Freeman~morganfreeman]]) and the remorseful Fallow. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:December 19, 1990


Tom Hanks
as Sherman McCoy
Bruce Willis
as Peter Fallow
Melanie Griffith
as Maria Ruskin
Kim Cattrall
as Judy McCoy
Saul Rubinek
as Jed Kramer
Morgan Freeman
as Judge Leonard White
F. Murray Abraham
as D.A. Abe Weiss
John Hancock
as Reverend Bacon
Kevin Dunn
as Thomas Killian
Clifton James
as Albert Fox
Louis Giambalvo
as Ray Andruitti
Barton Heyman
as Detective Martin
Donald Moffat
as Mr. McCoy (Sherman's Father)
Alan King
as Arthur Ruskin
Beth Broderick
as Caroline Heftshank
Kurt Fuller
as Pollard Browning
Adam Le Fevre
as Rawlie Thorpe
Richard Libertini
as Ed Rifkin
Andre Gregory
as Aubrey Buffing
Rita Wilson
as Public Relations Woman
David Lipman
as Poe Picketer
Paul Bates
as Buck
Debbie Lee Carrington
Malachy McCourt
as Tony, Doorman
Connie Sawyer
as Ruskin Family Member
Mike Hodge
as Media Jackal
John Blythe Barrymore
as Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
Walter Flanagan
as Media Jackal
Roy Milton Davis
as Latino
John Fink
as French Restaurant Patron
Stewart J. Zully
as Court Clerk
Patrick Malone
as Henry Lamb
William Woodson
as Gene Lopwitz
O. Laron Clark
as Cecil Hayden
Brian De Palma
as Prison Guard
Channing Chase
as Shocked Woman
Mary Alice
as Annie Lamb
Helen Stenborg
as Mrs. McCoy
Geraldo Rivera
as Robert Corso TV Journalist
John Bentley
as Bill, Doorman
Camryn Manheim
as Poe Picketer
George Plimpton
as Well Wisher
Kirsten Dunst
as Campbell McCoy
Robert Stephens
as Sir Gerald Moore
James Lally
as Bondsman
Jeff Brooks
as Bondsman
Jennifer Bassey
as Diplomat's Wife
Johnny Crear
as Manny Leerman
Joy Claussen
as French Restaurant Patron
Judith Burke
as French Restaurant Patron
Kathryn Danielle
as Public Relations Assistant
Katrina Braque
as Diplomat's Daughter
Kimberleigh Aarn
as Media Jackal
Kirk Taylor
as Aide
Lorraine Moore
as Gospel Singer
Hansford Rowe
as Leon Bavardage
Anatoly Davydov
as Boris Karlevskov
Adina Winston
as Female Guest
Marcia Mitzman
as Bondsman
Marjorie Monaghan
as Evelyn Moore
Nelson Vasquez
as Pimp
Novella Nelson
as Media Jackal
Oliver Dixon
as Diplomat
Ray Iannicelli
as Media Jackal
Richard Belzer
as TV Producer
Richard Gilbert-Hill
as Weiss' Aide
Barbara Gooding
as Gospel Singer
Barry Michlin
as Funeral Director
Barry Neikrug
as Aides to Weiss
Sam Jenkins
as Fox's Assistant
Sarah Essex
Scotty Bloch
as Sally Rawthrote
Sherri Paysinger
as Anchorwoman
Shiek Mahmud-Bey
as Lockwood
Susan Forristal
as Well Wishers
Timothy Jenkins
as Billy Cortez
Troy Winbush
as Roland Auburn
Virginia Morris
as Weiss' Aide
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Intercom Man
Walker Joyce
as "Don Giovanni"
Cynthia Mason
as Maid
Daniel Hagen
as Media Jackal
Don McManus
as Bondsman
Doris Leggett
as Gospel Singer
Edye Byrde
as Poe Picketer
Elizabeth Owens
as Inez Bavardage
Emmanuel Xuereb
as Filippo Chirazzi
Ermal Williamson
as Butler
Ernestine Jackson
as Media Jackal
Fanni Green
as Prostitute
George Merritt
as Poe Picketers
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi
as Maitre D'
Hal England
as French Restaurant Patron


Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma
Tom Wolfe
Book Author
Michael Cristofer
Vilmos Zsigmond
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Bill Pankow
David Ray
Richard Sylbert
Production Designer
Jon Peters
Executive Producer
Peter Guber
Executive Producer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer