History Literature / TheBonfireOfTheVanities

1st Dec '17 11:37:23 AM CosmicFerret
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In 1990 the book was filmed. Directed by Creator/BrianDePalma and starring Creator/TomHanks, Creator/BruceWillis, and Melanie Griffith, it was a critical and commercial disaster. Film critic Julie Salamon was granted full access during the TroubledProduction and her 1991 nonfiction book, ''The Devil's Candy'', explains what went wrong.

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In 1990 the book was filmed. Directed by Creator/BrianDePalma and starring Creator/TomHanks, Creator/BruceWillis, and Melanie Griffith, Creator/MelanieGriffith, it was a critical and commercial disaster. Film critic Julie Salamon was granted full access during the TroubledProduction and her 1991 nonfiction book, ''The Devil's Candy'', explains what went wrong.
26th Jul '17 1:17:40 AM pyroclastic
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: "Reverend" Reginald Bacon was modeled after Al Sharpton.

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"Reverend" Reginald Bacon was modeled after Al Sharpton.Sharpton.
** Peter Fallow is partly based on Creator/ChristopherHitchens.
18th May '17 3:49:32 PM NightShade96
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* AdaptationalUgliness: In the novel, Assistant District Attorney Larry Kramer is described as a vain bodybuilder obsessed with his physique. In the film, his name is [[AdaptationNameChange changed]] to Jed Kramer, and he's played by the rather schlubby-looking [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007210/?ref_=tt_cl_t5 Saul Rubinek]].
20th Nov '16 8:46:55 PM foxley
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* CaughtInTheBadPartOfTown: Bond trader Sherman McCoy and his mistress Maria Ruskin accidentally enter the Bronx while driving to Manhattan from Kennedy airport. Finding the ramp back to the highway blocked by trash cans and a tire, McCoy exits the car to clear the way. Approached by two black men whom they perceive - uncertainly, in Sherman's case - as predators, McCoy and Ruskin flee. Having taken the wheel of the car, which fishtails as they race away, Ruskin apparently strikes one of the two.

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* CaughtInTheBadPartOfTown: Bond trader Sherman McCoy [=McCoy=] and his mistress Maria Ruskin accidentally enter the Bronx while driving to Manhattan from Kennedy airport. Finding the ramp back to the highway blocked by trash cans and a tire, McCoy [=McCoy=] exits the car to clear the way. Approached by two black men whom they perceive - uncertainly, in Sherman's case - as predators, McCoy [=McCoy=] and Ruskin flee. Having taken the wheel of the car, which fishtails as they race away, Ruskin apparently strikes one of the two.
20th Nov '16 8:45:49 PM foxley
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* CaughtInTheBadPartOfTown: Bond trader Sherman McCoy and his mistress Maria Ruskin accidentally enter the Bronx while driving to Manhattan from Kennedy airport. Finding the ramp back to the highway blocked by trash cans and a tire, McCoy exits the car to clear the way. Approached by two black men whom they perceive - uncertainly, in Sherman's case - as predators, McCoy and Ruskin flee. Having taken the wheel of the car, which fishtails as they race away, Ruskin apparently strikes one of the two.
7th Nov '16 6:47:21 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TheOner: The opening sequence of the film, tracking Peter Fallow as he arrives for an awards presentation, takes the viewer from a parking garage to a hotel ballroom in one long shot. It lasts four minutes and fifty seconds.


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* TheOner: The opening sequence of the film, tracking Peter Fallow as he arrives for an awards presentation, takes the viewer from a parking garage to a hotel ballroom in one long shot. It lasts four minutes and fifty seconds.
4th Oct '16 6:28:02 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** Alan Arkin was originally cast as the Judge, but when the producers decided to change the character from Jewish to African-American, he was replaced by Creator/MorganFreeman. The change was due to complaints led by Creator/SpikeLee that, as it was, the story was racist.

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** Alan Arkin Creator/AlanArkin was originally cast as the Judge, but when the producers decided to change the character from Jewish to African-American, he was replaced by Creator/MorganFreeman. The change was due to complaints led by Creator/SpikeLee that, as it was, the story was racist.


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* RevisedEnding: The original script ended cynically with the supposed victim of the hit-and-run walking out of the hospital, suggesting that the whole scenario was concocted. That ending did not test well with audiences and was dropped.
25th Sep '16 3:11:56 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorCameo: In the opening tracking shot, when Peter Fallow gets in the elevator, Creator/BrianDePalma can be seen, dressed up as a waiter. It was technically impossible for the camera crew and the director to stay off camera in that shot, so De Palma chose to do a cameo there. To be unrecognizable, he shaved off his trademark beard.



* TheOner: The opening sequence of the film, tracking Peter Fallow as he arrives for an awards presentation, takes the viewer from a parking garage to a hotel ballroom in one long shot.

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* TheOner: The opening sequence of the film, tracking Peter Fallow as he arrives for an awards presentation, takes the viewer from a parking garage to a hotel ballroom in one long shot. It lasts four minutes and fifty seconds.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: "Reverend" Reginald Bacon was modeled after Al Sharpton.



* RaceLift: Alan Arkin was originally cast as the Judge, but when the producers decided to change the character from Jewish to African-American, he was replaced by MorganFreeman. The change was due to complaints led by Creator/SpikeLee that, as it was, the story was racist.

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Alan Arkin was originally cast as the Judge, but when the producers decided to change the character from Jewish to African-American, he was replaced by MorganFreeman. Creator/MorganFreeman. The change was due to complaints led by Creator/SpikeLee that, as it was, the story was racist.racist.
** Peter Fallow was changed from English to American.
3rd Aug '16 2:38:46 PM Mdumas43073
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In 1990 the book was filmed. Directed by Creator/BrianDePalma and starring Creator/TomHanks, Creator/BruceWillis, and Melanie Griffith, it was a critical and commercial disaster. Writer Julie Salamon was granted full access during the film's TroubledProduction and her 1991 nonfiction book, ''The Devil's Candy'', explains what went wrong.

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In 1990 the book was filmed. Directed by Creator/BrianDePalma and starring Creator/TomHanks, Creator/BruceWillis, and Melanie Griffith, it was a critical and commercial disaster. Writer Film critic Julie Salamon was granted full access during the film's TroubledProduction and her 1991 nonfiction book, ''The Devil's Candy'', explains what went wrong.
3rd Aug '16 2:37:54 PM Mdumas43073
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In 1990 the book was filmed. Directed by Creator/BrianDePalma and starring Creator/TomHanks, Creator/BruceWillis, and Melanie Griffith, it was a critical and commercial disaster. Writer Julie Salamon was granted full access during the TroubledProduction and her book, ''The Devil's Candy'', explains what went wrong.

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In 1990 the book was filmed. Directed by Creator/BrianDePalma and starring Creator/TomHanks, Creator/BruceWillis, and Melanie Griffith, it was a critical and commercial disaster. Writer Julie Salamon was granted full access during the film's TroubledProduction and her 1991 nonfiction book, ''The Devil's Candy'', explains what went wrong.
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