The Bonfire of the Vanities

"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."

Based on a book with the same title, The Bonfire of the Vanities delivers biting social commentary within the framework of a lavish, big budget Hollywood production. The film raises an interesting theme of integrity within the upper echelons of power, posing disturbing questions about the role of appearances and hypocrisy in the legal system and pervading New York City as a whole. The plot centers around frantic efforts by an ambitious Wall Street executive and his socialite girl friend to conceal an auto accident in a racially tense environment. The movie portrays bloated materialism encompassing starvation-level ethics.

R
| 1990 | 2 hr 6 min | 5.5/10
Cast
Studio
Director
Brian DePalma
Language
English
The Bonfire of the Vanities
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