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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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Coming Out at 3 November 2000 in theaters

Drama

Requiem for a Dream is psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. It is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr., with whom Aronofsky wrote the screenplay. The film depicts four characters affected by drug addiction and how it alters their physical and emotional state. Their addictions cause them to become imprisoned in a world of delusion and desperation. As the film progresses, each character deteriorates, and their delusional state is overtaken by reality, resulting in catastrophe.

Selby’s novel was optioned by Aronofsky and producer Eric Watson. Selby had always intended to adapt the novel into a film, as he had written a script years prior to Aronofsky approaching him. Aronofsky was enthusiastic of the story and developed the script with Selby, despite struggling to secure funding for it. He and the cast speak of the film being about addictions in general, and not just drugs, with a theme of loneliness and avoidance of reality in different ways.

The film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, selected as an out-of-competition entry, followed by the United States theatrical release on October 6, 2000, by Artisan Entertainment. It received a positive critical response from critics despite moderate success at the box office. The film’s visual style, music and cast were all praised, with Burstyn receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. The soundtrack was composed by Clint Mansell.

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Writers: Hubert Selby Jr. (book), Darren Aronofsky

Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Marlon Wayans, Christopher McDonald, Louise Lasser

Cast:

Ellen BurstynSara Goldfarb
Jared LetoHarry Goldfarb
Jennifer ConnellyMarion Silver
Marlon WayansTyrone C. Love
Christopher McDonaldTappy Tibbons
Louise LasserAda
Marcia Jean KurtzRae
Janet SarnoMrs. Pearlman
Suzanne ShepherdMrs. Scarlini
Joanne GordonMrs. Ovadia
Charlotte AronofskyMrs. Miles
Mark MargolisMr. Rabinowitz
Michael KaycheckDonut Cop
Jack O’ConnellCorn Dog Stand Boss
Chas MastinLyle Russel
Ajay NaiduMailman
Sean GulletteArnold The Shrink
Samia ShoaibNurse Mall
Peter MaloneyDr. Pill
Abraham AbrahamKing Neptune
Aliya CampbellAlice
Te’ron A. O’NealYoung Tyrone
Denise DowseTyrone’s Mother
Bryan ChattooBrody
Eddie De HarpBrody’s Henchman Victor
Scott FranklinVoice of Jailer (voice)
Peter CheyenneSal the Geep
Brian CostelloFirst AD
Abraham AronofskyNewspaper Man on Train
James ChinlundSpace Oddity
Olga MeredizMalin & Block Secretary
Allison FurmanMalin & Block Office Woman
Robert Dylan CohenParamedic Greenhill
Ben ShenkmanDr. Spencer
Keith DavidBig Tim
Dylan BakerSouthern Doctor
Shaun O’HaganWard Attendant Seto
Leland GanttWard Attendant Penn
Bill BuellCourt Doctor
Jimmie Ray WeeksPrison Guard
Gregg BelloE.R. Doctor
Henry StramECT Technician
Heather LitteerBig Tim Party Girl
Jenny DeckerBig Tim Party Girl
Ami GoodheartBig Tim Party Girl
Nina ZavarinBig Tim Party Girl
Stanley B. HermanUncle Hank
Scott BaderParty Animal
Jim CentofantiParty Animal
Scott ChaitParty Animal
Daniel ClarinParty Animal
Ben CohenParty Animal
Eric CohenParty Animal
Brett FeinsteinParty Animal
Ricky FierParty Animal
John GetzParty Animal
Andrew KesslerParty Animal
Ross LombardoParty Animal
Carter MansbachParty Animal
Scott MillerParty Animal
Todd MillerParty Animal
Joshua PollackParty Animal
Craig RalloParty Animal
Geordan ReisnerParty Animal
Keith ScandoreParty Animal
David SeltzerParty Animal
Chris VarvaroParty Animal
Ricardo ViñasParty Animal
Chad WeinerParty Animal
Jesse WeissbergerParty Animal
Greg WeissmanParty Animal
Hubert Selby Jr.Laughing Guard
Lianna PaiAngelic Nurse
Darren AronofskyVisitor
Diana BerryMalin & Block Executive
John BryantDrug Dealer
Keith MichaelsWaiter

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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