The Bonfire of the Vanities

The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

Take one Wall Street tycoon, his Fifth Avenue mistress, a reporter hungry for fame, and make the wrong turn in The Bronx...then sit back and watch the sparks fly.

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date: 1990-12-21
  • User Rating: 5.5/10 from 432 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 5min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Brian De Palma
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From 432 Ratings


After his mistress runs over a black teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight; A down-and-out reporter breaks the story and opportunists clamber to use it to their advantage.

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  • 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
  • John Hancock

    as Reverend Bacon
  • Kevin Dunn

    as Tom Killian
  • Clifton James

    as Albert Fox
  • Louis Giambalvo

    as Ray Andruitti
  • Barton Heyman

    as Det. Martin
  • Norman Parker

    as Det. Goldberg
  • Donald Moffat

    as Mr. McCoy
  • Alan King

    as Arthur Ruskin
  • Beth Broderick

    as Caroline Heftshank
  • Kurt Fuller

    as Pollard Browning
  • Adam LeFevre

    as Rawlie Thorpe
  • Richard Libertini

    as Ed Rifkin
  • Andre Gregory

    as Aubrey Buffing
  • Mary Alice

    as Annie Lamb
  • Robert Stephens

    as Sir Gerald Moore
  • Marjorie Monaghan

    as Evelyn Moore
  • Rita Wilson

    as P.R. Woman
  • Kirsten Dunst

    as Campbell McCoy
  • Troy Winbush

    as Roland Auburn
  • 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 Eric Bentley

    as Bill - Doorman
  • William Clark

    as Eddie - Doorman
  • Jeff Brooks

    as Bondsman
  • Brennan McKay

    as Bondsman
  • Don McManus

    as Bondsman
  • James Lally

    as Bondsman
  • Marcia Mitzman Gaven

    as Bondsman
  • William Woodson

    as Gene Lopwitz (voice)
  • 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 Sorbo

    as Fox's Assistant
  • Vito D'Ambrosio

    as Intercom Man
  • Paul Bates

    as Buck
  • Camryn Manheim

    as Poe Picketer
  • J.D. Wyatt

    as Poe Picketer
  • Eyde Byrde

    as Poe Picketer
  • David Lipman

    as Poe Picketer
  • George Merritt

    as Poe Picketer
  • Kirk Taylor

    as Aide
  • F. Murray Abraham

    as D.A. Abe Weiss (uncredited)
  • Sharmagne Leland-St. John

    as Woman in Restaurant (uncredited)
  • Richard Belzer

    as Television Producer
  • Terry Farrell

    as Party Guest Listening to Aubrey Buffing (uncredited)
  • Geraldo Rivera

    as Robert Corso (uncredited)
Directing Brian De Palma Director
Production Brian De Palma Producer
Editing David Ray Editor
Production Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Editing Bill Pankow Editor
Production Peter Guber Executive Producer
Production Jon Peters Executive Producer
Art Richard Sylbert Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Ann Roth Costume Designer
Camera Vilmos Zsigmond Director of Photography
Sound Dave Grusin Original Music Composer
Writing Michael Cristofer Screenplay
Writing Tom Wolfe Novel
Editing Beth Jochem Besterveld Editor
Camera Eric Schwab Second Unit Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Scott H. Eddo Makeup Artist