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

Crew

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