Requiem for a Dream

October 27th, 2000

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Requiem for a Dream

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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

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly

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.

Ellen Burstyn - Sara Goldfarb
Jared Leto - Harry Goldfarb
Jennifer Connelly - Marion Silver
Marlon Wayans - Tyrone C. Love
Christopher McDonald - Tappy Tibbons
Louise Lasser - Ada
Marcia Jean Kurtz - Rae
Janet Sarno - Mrs. Pearlman
Suzanne Shepherd - Mrs. Scarlini
Joanne Gordon - Mrs. Ovadia
Charlotte Aronofsky - Mrs. Miles
Mark Margolis - Mr. Rabinowitz
Michael Kaycheck - Donut Cop (as Mike Kaycheck)
Jack O'Connell - Corn Dog Stand Boss
Chas Mastin - Lyle Russel

Taglines: From the director of [Pi]


Official Website: Artisan (Flash only) |

Release Date: 27 October 2000

Filming Locations: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $64,770 (USA) (8 October 2000) (2 Screens)

Gross: $7,364,000 (Worldwide) (2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The overhead shot of Marion in the bathtub followed by her screaming underwater was an exact replica of a shot in the Japanese animated thriller, Perfect Blue. Darren Aronofsky bought the remake rights to the film just to use that one sequence.

Factual errors: Sara is given multiple jolts of ECT while fully conscious. Real ECT patients are always anesthetized and are only given shocks bilaterally, never on both sides at the same time.

Tappy Tibbons: Be excited, be, be excited.

User Review

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 is the number of 1/10 and 10/10 reviews, where the 1/10 reviews consist of just a few lines. A pretty sure sign that those folks weren't able or willing to 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 already 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 to compare to it - a rarity these days. I often find myself recommending films to people that I am unable to briefly describe. These are usually the most 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 both had the same reaction: I am glad I watched it, but I doubt I'll be in the 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 sure 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. I watched it again the same night with my girlfriend, not because I wanted to upset her, but I felt that I had to share it. After the credits rolled, we 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 I 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 music, but I feel experiencing these emotions and being asked to think, not just be entertained, is important now and then.

"Favorite" does not apply to this for me - this isn't about entertainment. One of the most devastating and beautiful experiences I've had watching a film. One of the top five films I've ever seen.

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