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The Bonfire of the Vanities Details

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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 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 (Bruce Willis), anxious for a story to make good with his editor, comes upon the hit-and-run tale through local black community activist, Reverend Bacon (John Hancock). 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 (Morgan Freeman) and the remorseful Fallow. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:December 19, 1990

Cast

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
Nelson Vasquez
as Pimp
Shiek Mahmud-Bey
as Lockwood
Malachy McCourt
as Tony, Doorman
Camryn Manheim
as Poe Picketer
Don McManus
as Bondsman
George Plimpton
as Well Wisher
Geraldo Rivera
as Robert Corso TV Journalist
Sam Jenkins
as Fox's Assistant
Richard Belzer
as TV Producer
Kirsten Dunst
as Campbell McCoy
Brian De Palma
as Prison Guard
David Lipman
as Poe Picketer
Troy Winbush
as Roland Auburn
Cynthia Mason
as Maid
Kirk Taylor
as Aide
Lorraine Moore
as Gospel Singer
Novella Nelson
as Media Jackal
Kathryn Danielle
as Public Relations Assistant
Connie Sawyer
as Ruskin Family Member
John Bentley
as Bill, Doorman
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi
as Maitre D'
Ernestine Jackson
as Media Jackal
John Blythe Barrymore
as Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
Sarah Essex
Kimberleigh Aarn
as Media Jackal
Hal England
as French Restaurant Patron
O. Laron Clark
as Cecil Hayden
Edye Byrde
as Poe Picketer
James Lally
as Bondsman
Helen Stenborg
as Mrs. McCoy
Emmanuel Xuereb
as Filippo Chirazzi
Timothy Jenkins
as Billy Cortez
Patrick Malone
as Henry Lamb
Virginia Morris
as Weiss' Aide
Johnny Crear
as Manny Leerman
Walter Flanagan
as Media Jackal
Debbie Lee Carrington
Paul Bates
as Buck
Ermal Williamson
as Butler
Mary Alice
as Annie Lamb
Doris Leggett
as Gospel Singer
Daniel Hagen
as Media Jackal
Joy Claussen
as French Restaurant Patron
Barry Michlin
as Funeral Director
Judith Burke
as French Restaurant Patron
Sherri Paysinger
as Anchorwoman
Jeff Brooks
as Bondsman
Barbara Gooding
as Gospel Singer
Elizabeth Owens
as Inez Bavardage
Stewart J. Zully
as Court Clerk
William Woodson
as Gene Lopwitz
Robert Stephens
as Sir Gerald Moore
Hansford Rowe
as Leon Bavardage
Ray Iannicelli
as Media Jackal
Katrina Braque
as Diplomat's Daughter
Jennifer Bassey
as Diplomat's Wife
Scotty Bloch
as Sally Rawthrote
Walker Joyce
as "Don Giovanni"
Marjorie Monaghan
as Evelyn Moore
Richard Gilbert-Hill
as Weiss' Aide
Roy Milton Davis
as Latino
Mike Hodge
as Media Jackal
Barry Neikrug
as Aides to Weiss
Marcia Mitzman
as Bondsman
Channing Chase
as Shocked Woman
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Intercom Man
Anatoly Davydov
as Boris Karlevskov
Oliver Dixon
as Diplomat
Susan Forristal
as Well Wishers
Fanni Green
as Prostitute
George Merritt
as Poe Picketers
John Fink
as French Restaurant Patron
Adina Winston
as Female Guest

Crew

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