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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

R | | Drama | 15 December 2000 (USA)
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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sara Goldfarb
... Harry Goldfarb
... Marion Silver
... Tyrone C. Love
... Tappy Tibbons
... Ada
... Rae
... Mrs. Pearlman
... Mrs. Scarlini
Joanne Gordon ... Mrs. Ovadia
Charlotte Aronofsky ... Mrs. Miles
... Mr. Rabinowitz
Michael Kaycheck ... Donut Cop (as Mike Kaycheck)
... Corn Dog Stand Boss
Chas Mastin ... Lyle Russel
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Storyline

Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a retired widow, living in a small apartment. She spends most of her time watching TV, especially a particular self-help show. She has delusions of rising above her current dull existence by being a guest on that show. Her son, Harry (Jared Leto) is a junkie but along with his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) has visions of making it big by becoming a drug dealer. Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) could be fashion designer or artist but is swept along in Harry's drug-centric world. Meanwhile Sara has developed an addiction of her own. She desperately wants to lose weight and so goes on a crash course involving popping pills, pills which turn out to be very addictive and harmful to her mental state. Written by grantss

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From the director of [Pi]

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Rated R for intense depiction of drug addiction, graphic sexuality, strong language and some violence | See all certifications »

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15 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Réquiem por un sueño  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,770, 8 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,635,482

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,390,108
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Trivia

Each time after the drugs are used, it cuts to a shot of an eye with the pupil dilating. While this would be true after the speed type drug Sara was using, for heroin the exact opposite is true, the pupil should constrict. Hence heroin users are often said to have pinned eyes; their pupil shrinks to the size of pin pricks. In fact, all opiate users have pinned pupils. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) During electroconvulsive therapy (ECT,) the character is shown as being conscious and suffering greatly, when in reality the procedure is done under anesthesia. The patient is not conscious, nor do they experience discomfort. See more »

Quotes

Harry Goldfarb: I always thought you were the most beautiful girl I ever seen.
Marion: Really?
Harry Goldfarb: Ever since I first saw you.
Marion: That's nice, Harry. That makes me feel really good. You know, other people have told me that before, and it was meaningless.
Harry Goldfarb: What, 'cause you thought they were pulling your leg?
Marion: No, no, not like that. I mean, I don't know. I don't know or even care if they were. Just from them it was... just, just meaningless, you know? You say it and I hear it. I really hear it.
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The man on the train who says "You're whacked" to Sara when she tells him that she's going to be on TV is credited as "You're Whacked". See more »

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Featured in The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2001) See more »

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Summer Overture
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Brutal, honest, and a must see movie
30 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

This ranks up there as one of the three most powerful movies I have ever seen in my lifetime (Full Metal Jacket and Grave of The Fireflies being the other two). This movie shows the brutal honest side of addiction and over-indulgence. Not just drugs, although it heavily shows drug addiction. Also shows how one addiction can lead to another and how damaging it can be for you. I watched this alone, and felt so stunned afterwards, I had to call a friend just to calm my nerves. Seriously, this is a brutal (one more time) BRUTAL film. The acting is wonderful - Ellyn Burnstyn and Jenniffer Connely are just wonderful in this movie, and Marlon Wayons was such a shocker in a serious role. Everyone must watch it, for it's entertainment value, and more importantly, it's educational value. But it leaves chills down your spine for it's honesty and unforgiving lessons.


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