The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island individuals are shattered when their addictions become stronger.
Release Year: 2000
Rating: 8.5/10 (261,037 voted)
Critic's Score: 68/100
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly
Storyline Drugs. They consume mind, body and soul. Once you're hooked, you're hooked. Four lives. Four addicts. Four failures. Despite their aspirations of greatness, they succumb to their addictions. Watching the addicts spiral out of control, we bear witness to the dirtiest, ugliest portions of the underworld addicts reside in. It is shocking and eye-opening but demands to be seen by both addicts and non-addicts alike.
Writers: Hubert Selby Jr., Hubert Selby Jr.
Cast: Ellen Burstyn
Tyrone C. Love
Marcia Jean Kurtz
(as Mike Kaycheck)
Corn Dog Stand Boss
Filming Locations: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $64,770
(8 October 2000)
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Be excited, be, be excited.
Awful and Essential
I'm not going to waste space with a synopsis, as every second or third
review provides one. A good indication of a challenging and original film
the number of 1/10 and 10/10 reviews, where the 1/10 reviews consist of
a few lines. A pretty sure sign that those folks weren't able or willing
watch with an open mind. Which is a good sign for casual viewers to give
this film a wide berth.
I wish everyone I care about would see Requiem for a Dream. Not because
they will like it, or that it will teach them something they did not
know, but that it's a rare piece of work that will challenge and probably
change them. It's a film that has never been made before, with nothing
compare to it - a rarity these days. I often find myself recommending
to people that I am unable to briefly describe. These are usually the
involving and affecting ones. I'd like my family to see this, but can't
*recommend* it to them. I've recommended it to two friends, and they
had the same reaction: I am glad I watched it, but I doubt I'll be in
frame of mind to watch it again, knowing what you feel.
As I sat watching the credits roll, I began crying, but I'm still not
why. Partly in reaction to the devastatingly tragic ending, partly the
beauty (yes) of the film, partly my gratitude for good things in my life.
watched it again the same night with my girlfriend, not because I wanted
upset her, but I felt that I had to share it. After the credits rolled,
both were silent for a good ten minutes. I found that I had thoughts I
wanted to express, but could find no words. This is one of the few films
that are painful to experience, but I feel compelled to share with people
care about. Some others in that short list include The Thin Red Line,
Happiness, River's Edge,and The Deer Hunter.
These films all share a quality that's difficult to name. No one likes
feeling disturbed or shattered by a film, a work of art, a piece of
but I feel experiencing these emotions and being asked to think, not just
entertained, is important now and then.
"Favorite" does not apply to this for me - this isn't about
One of the most devastating and beautiful experiences I've had watching a
film. One of the top five films I've ever seen.