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Requiem for a Dream Details


Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., this gritty drama concerns four people trapped by their addictions. Harry (Jared Leto), and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) are impoverished heroin addicts living in Coney Island, NY, while Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) is a fellow addict trying to distance herself from her wealthy father. Harry dreams of scoring a pound of smack, from which he could make enough money to open a clothing boutique with Marion, but so far he and his friends can barely scrape by supporting their own habits. Meanwhile, Harry's mother Sara (Ellen Burstyn), who spends her days watching television, is told she has the opportunity to appear on her favorite game show; wanting to lose enough weight to fit into her favorite red dress, she visits a sleazy doctor who gives her a prescription for amphetamines. Soon Sara has a drug habit of her own that is spiraling out of control. Requiem for a Dream was directed by Darren Aronofsky, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Selby; it was Aronofsky's second feature, following his acclaimed independent film Pi. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 6, 2000


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Darren Aronofsky Best Director 2000 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jennifer Connelly Best Supporting Actress 2000 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Ellen Burstyn Best Actress 2000 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Ellen Burstyn Best Supporting Actress [Runner-up] 2000 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Ellen Burstyn Best Actress 2000 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Ellen Burstyn Best Actress 2000 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ellen Burstyn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ellen Burstyn Best Actress 2000 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Matthew J. Libatique Best Cinematography 2000 Winner


Ellen Burstyn
as Sara Goldfarb
Jared Leto
as Harry Goldfarb
Jennifer Connelly
as Marion Silver
Marlon Wayans
as Tyrone C. Love
Christopher McDonald
as Tappy tibbons
Louise Lasser
as Ada
Keith David
as Little John
Sean Gullette
as Arnold The Shrink
Ajay Naidu
as Mailman
Samia Shoaib
as Nurse Mall
Ajay Naidu
as Mailman


Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky
Hubert Selby, Jr.
Hubert Selby, Jr.
Book Author
Matthew J. Libatique
Palmer West
Clint Mansell
Composer (Music Score)
Jay Rabinowitz
James Chinlund
Production Designer
Scott Vogel
Scott Franklin
Jonah Smith
Randy Simon
Nick Wechsler
Executive Producer
Stefan Simchowitz
Executive Producer
Beau Flynn
Executive Producer
Ben Barenholtz
Executive Producer
Laura Jean Shannon
Costume Designer
Ann Ruark
Line Producer