The Bonfire Of The Vanities (1990)

BRIAN DE PALMA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1990Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Brian De Palma, .  Music by Dave Grusin.  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .

Brian DePalma makes a huge mess of Tom Wolfe’s extremely popular bestselling novel, but what probably marks this film as such a famous bomb were the circumstances surrounding it more than the actual product, particularly the fact that Wolfe got a record-breaking sum for the screen rights.   Tom Hanks plays a Wall Street financial wizard whose perfect life unravels when his girlfriend (a wonderful Melanie Griffith) hits a young kid with her car in downtown New York and practically starts a race war in the Big Apple. plays a journalist who investigates what looks like is going to be a major cover up on the part of the couple. The story veers into the world of situational ethics, though it doesn’t deal with them intelligently in any way; Hanks is sturdy, but Willis is painfully miscast and the ending is terrible. Look for a very young in an early film role.

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