Requiem for a DreamDirector: Darren Aronofsky, Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly
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Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., this gritty drama concerns four people trapped by their addictions. Harry (Jared Leto), and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) are impoverished heroin addicts living in Coney Island, NY, while Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) is a fellow addict trying to distance herself from her wealthy father. Harry dreams of scoring a pound of smack, from which he could make enough money to open a clothing boutique with Marion, but so far he and his friends can barely scrape by supporting their own habits. Meanwhile, Harry's mother Sara (Ellen Burstyn), who spends her days watching television, is told she has the opportunity to appear on her favorite game show; wanting to lose enough weight to fit into her favorite red dress, she visits a sleazy doctor who gives her a prescription for amphetamines. Soon Sara has a drug habit of her own that is spiraling out of control. Requiem for a Dream was directed by Darren Aronofsky, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Selby; it was Aronofsky's second feature, following his acclaimed independent film Pi.
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- Live / Artisan
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Ellen Burstyn||Sara Goldfarb|
|Jared Leto||Harry Goldfarb|
|Jennifer Connelly||Marion Silver|
|Marlon Wayans||Tyrone C. Love|
|Christopher McDonald||Tappy tibbons|
|Keith David||Little John|
|Sean Gullette||Arnold The Shrink|
|Samia Shoaib||Nurse Mall|
|Peter Howard||Sal the Geep|
|Ben Barenholtz||Executive Producer|
|James Chinlund||Production Designer|
|Beau Flynn||Executive Producer|
|Matthew J. Libatique||Cinematographer|
|Clint Mansell||Score Composer|
|Laura Jean Shannon||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Stefan Simchowitz||Executive Producer|
|Nick Wechsler||Executive Producer|
1. Tuning Up [1:06]
2. Summer Overture [2:47]
3. Dreams [2:29]
4. Mother's Love [2:22]
5. The Winner [1:12]
6. Alarm [3:02]
7. Juice [1:51]
8. Together? [2:36]
9. Thinking Thin [2:23]
10. Dynamite [4:33]
11. Delicious Visions [2:16]
12. A Date [1:41]
13. $ [2:13]
14. Last Supper [1:43]
15. Sweet Alice [1:16]
16. King Neptune [1:33]
17. Hope [2:55]
18. Fall Reprise [9:47]
19. Hunger Cries [2:19]
20. Mercy [2:09]
21. The Drought [2:45]
22. Apart [2:04]
23. Pain [3:54]
24. Sal the Geep [2:22]
25. Fury [3:24]
26. Winter Reprise [7:02]
27. A Whack [1:00]
28. Decay [2:27]
29. False Hope [4:23]
30. Ghosts [4:38]
31. The Requiem [3:37]
32. Lux Aeterna [4:31]
33. Seagulls Bliss [3:30]
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Cast & Crew
Darren Aronofsky, Director/Co-Writer
Hubert Selby, Jr., Co-Writer/Novelist
Eric Watson, Producer
Palmer West, Producer
Matther Libatique, Director of Photography
Jay Rabinowitz, Editor
James Chinlund, Production Designer
Laura Jean Shannon, Costume Designer
Clint Mansell, Composer
Kronos Quartet, Musicians
Brian Emrich, Sound Designer
Amoeba Proteus, Visual Effects
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This is one movie that stuck in my head for days! The images of the phases of drug addiction are not only intense and realistic but disturbing in a fascinating way. If I ever thought of using hard core drugs, this movie changed my mind.
I personally enjoy darker films, but this movie was without a doubt the most intense movie that ive ever seen.
'Requiem for a Dream' is a sobering look at the life of drug addicts, both young and old. The story follows the lives of Sara Goldfarb, her son Harry, his girlfriend, and his best friend. Sara is a lonely widow living in near poverty in Coney Island. Her first addiction is to television and then to eating. She remains blissfully unaware of her son's heroin addiction, even though he steals her TV regularly and pawns it for drug money. Sara is given what seems to be a chance at happiness when one of her favourite TV shows offers her a spot on an upcoming episode. She never makes it on TV and ruins her life in the pursuit of her dreams of being thin and being able to wear her red dress on television. While Sara is breaking down, Harry and his friends are trying to feed their heroin habits by dealing in the drug themselves. Everything seems to be going fine until a few mistakes are made and then they have to face the harsh realities of the situation.
One thing I really like about this film that keeps bringing me back to it is the authenticity of the emotions in the story. This is a movie that will make you feel something, even if the feelings aren't always good. When I first saw 'Requiem,' I left the theatre feeling emotionally drained. It's the kind of movie that gives those willing to watch it raw emotion and experience without the facade of false hope and happiness. The cinematography is another key part of the success in the storytelling. It's a visually appealing movie that tries to bring the viewer into the harrowing world of heroin addiction through images and sound.
"Requiem for a Dream" is one of the most brilliant movies ever made. I felt completely different after watching. It made a huge impact in me. I watched it multiple times before giving it back to my friend who let me borrow it. This movie is a must see. You will not regret it.
exelent movie, very eye opening, the scenes with Harry's mother were amazing! there were some scenes that were really hard to watch but over all incredible movie
This has to be one of the best movies ever written!!! :) Not only did it contain raw and dark scenes, but the movie also consisted of a beautiful love story. What more can you ask for!!! It can turn around anyones life.
There is so much to say about this movie... it is schocking, beautiful and brilliant. It definitely will not appeal to everyone, and i dont recommend it for fans of mindless action movies. I also don't recommend watching this movie out of sheer curiosity, because one of your buddies told you it was schocking and vile and dirty (which it is). Requiem is a true piece of art, sure to change your life after seeing it.
This is, arguably, one of the best movies ever made (yes, I know it's a very tired saying, but I'm serious). As to the people who gave it one star, they are too impatient, and they must watch the movie again. Ellen Burstyn gave a performance above and beyond any award she could possibly have received. This is just one of those movies that MUST be seen and appreciated.
The movie was incredible...the interview with Selby by Burstyn as an extra gives us a real look at Selby's genius. He is a valuable elder in our society.
Frighteningly real; you see the raw meat of addiction.
"Requiem" is a simple 'any-addicts' story that comes alive through superb acting, suck-you-in cinemetography/directing and a spellbinding realism that leaves you mourning the characters' fates. This movie will gobble you whole, shake you up, and spit you out. It left me with my head spinning. Not so much a heartbreaking movie as a thought inspiring one. A horrifying and bald essay on addiction. Awesome flick.
Requiem For a Dream is simply one of the best movies that I have ever seen. It has an incredibly strong message and delivers it in such a way that touches everyone who sees it. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for anything different and compelling in their cinematic experience.
All around, this film is an excellent portrayal of addiction on all levels, from the early stages of recreational use with the best of intentions to the inevitable late stages manifested by each individual character. As with all movies based on books, however, there is some discrepancy between the drug mentioned in the novel and the one portrayed in the film, as certain physical effects of the substance are not shown accurately. The desperation of those addicted is well-characterized, and the soundtrack adds to the intensity of the screen-play.
When this movie was on I was glued to the screen, but afterward I wanted to be brainwashed to forget it. I lent the movie out before returning it (misery loves company), and when I inquired about it I was told, "I wish I didn't see that", I felt satisfied that I wasn't the only person with that reaction. As disturbing as the movie was I couldn't shut it off, so it must have had some sort of strange entertainment value. I would have liked to have read the book first, the written word always hits harder. I think I'm going to check out some of Selby's other novels to see if they have the same effect.
This movie was beautiful. I loved it, but the exprience was much to painful to watch again. It gave me a new outlook on life and changed the way i perceive those around me.
I had been told by numerous people that this film was top-notch. I was told that it was very emotional and was one of the best films out there as far as realism goes and just about getting the point across. This definitely does it.
You follow Harry, Tyrone, Marion, and Harry's mother, Sarah on their journeys into one of the darker areas of society: addiction. While the three teens are heroine addicts and Sarah is addicted to diet pills, all of their share of painful effects and hardships.
This is a film not for the faint of heart in any way. If you are easily offended or sickened, do NOT see this movie. You'll need a strong stomach and an open mind to see it through.
While the ending was not quite what I had expected, I found it to be emotionally draining. I was left sitting there, listening to the music of the credits, just thinking "Wow..." The final scenes are so mind boggling that it might take a while for your brain to wrap around it.
The acting is very well done and all the characters are very believable. The way some of the scenes are done are so wacky and abstract that you yourself feel as if you're on something. Even though the main theme is replayed many times in the movie, I never grew tired of it, as I personally find it to sound beautiful.
Again, this movie requires a strong stomach and a very open mind. Don't go into this thinking it's a "friendly" film. It's not. Probably one the darkest movies I honestly have ever seen.
I was haunted by this film. The soundtrack is equally as haunting. A must see...BUT...don't watch it if you are hoping for a happy movie...this movie is severely depressing...I suggest having something like the movie snatch to wash this down.
This deeply disturbing film is easily the most remarkable and searing work to ever explore addiction. Ellen Burstyn gives not only the best performance of 2000, but one of the most stunning performances ever captured on film. Aronofsky's brilliant direction takes the audience on a journey up close and personal with the wounded souls that populate this film, and I can not remember ever be so horrified by a film's frank realism. The best film of 2000.
Given the sanitized version of drug use in the current trend ''Traffic,'' this film will enlighten anyone truly interested in seeing the dark side of drug use. Ellen Burstyn's superb portrayal of Sara Goldfarb demonstrates how easy it is to get pulled into the world of drugs. The pain of unfulfilled dreams is often remedied by the balm of the feel-good quick fix. This is a tough film, but well worth the effort.
This is amazing. The whole movie is mind boggleing, and opens your eyes to the drug world, and how dirty it really gets. The movie hits you hard, and leave you in awe! Beware.... but it is the best movie that I HAVE EVER SEEN!
I have never seen a more affecting film in all of my life.
This is a great movie! It's very different from the rest it shows that substanance abuse shows regular behavior and some up points. But in the end it shows it dosen't work and all of the characters end up below from where they started. This is an excellent movie to show it effects in all perspectives. I recommend all ages from 12+ to watch this movie.....