Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep.

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12 November 2000 | dropthehammer2000
Disturbing, Graphic and Great
I went to this movie hearing plenty of buzz about how graphic the content was. Over the course of the movie you see just how Aronofsky wants to send his message to the audience. The characters start off with somewhat mild addictions and then next thing you know the four main characters are living in hell. I couldn't believe how low they all fell. This movie may be the greatest anti-drug message of all time. I dare anybody to watch this and to not be touched and frightened by these characters. Before the movie started I noticed the audience was quite loud and garrulous, but as it ended and the credits rolled the whole place was stone cold silent. It was amazing.

As a whole I felt the movie was excellent. The visuals were well done and the editing was outstanding. The actors really put themselves into their roles. Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly had very good chemistry, while Marlon Wayans showed he is a talented actor and not just a talented comic. Ellen Burstyn. Wow! She was amazing. I can't believe an older woman would allow herself to be filmed like that. She has some serious guts. Hands down the best female performance I've watched this year, not even close. I was totally amazed by her.

All in all, I would say Requiem For a Dream is a great movie. It had a profound impact on me and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I watched it on opening night. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone. This is a movie everyone should see, but unfortunately not enough will.

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Trivia

While Tappy Tibbons mentions several times that there are three steps to his program, only two steps are ever mentioned in the film; Tappy tells his audience to avoid red meat and to avoid sugar, but Sara is always prevented from hearing the third step. Director Darren Aronofsky had intended the third step to be the removal of pharmaceuticals from the equation. The film's producers asked Aronofsky to change the third step because they were concerned that pharmaceutical companies would feel that the film's message was targeting them or encouraging people to avoid taking medication. Instead of coming up with a new third step, Aronofsky edited the footage so that Sara would either start to daydream or feel the effects of the drugs and be unable to hear the third step. In supplementary material for the film, the third thing that drives most people crazy was changed to "no orgasms."


Quotes

Harry: Are you sure this is the right Walbaum's?


Goofs

When the characters take Heroin, either injected or snorted, the sequence showing their eyes dilating is inaccurate. Opiates produce a constricting of the pupil. However, the dilating is correct when the characters are using Ecstasy and Cocaine.


Crazy Credits

The man on the train who says "You're whacked" to Sara when she tells him that she's going to be on TV is credited as "You're Whacked".


Alternate Versions

The edited version replaces the shot of Marion and another woman having sex with two men with a shot of Marion partially clothed climbing on top of a man. Also, all the shots of the double-ended dildo and the shots of Marion and the woman having sex on it have been replaced with alternate camera angles and shots that hide any indication that the two are having anal sex on it. Some shots were also re-used to hide the close-ups of the two butts slamming together.


Soundtracks

Bugs' Got a Devilish Grin Conga
Performed by The Moonrats
Marcel Reginatto - Saxophone, Vocals
Brian Emrich - Bass Guitar, Vocals
Oscar Oñoz - Trumpet, Vocals
Theodore Birkey - Keyboards, Vocals
Tico Torres (as Hector Torres) - Percussion, Vocals
Darren Aronofsky - Vocals
Engineered, Programmed and Mixed by James Murphy for DFA at Plantain Recording House NYC

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