The Bonfire of the Vanities


2h 5m 1990
The Bonfire of the Vanities

Brief Synopsis

Story of New York City bond salesman, Sherman McCoy, who accidentally hits a young black man with his car during an unexpected foray into the Bronx.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bonfire of the Vanities, Boucher des vanites, Le, Fåfängans fyrverkeri, Le Boucher des vanites, hoguera de las vanidades, La
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
1990
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
New York City, New York, USA; Bronx, New York, USA; New Jersey, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m

Synopsis

Story of New York City bond salesman, Sherman McCoy, who accidentally hits a young black man with his car during an unexpected foray into the Bronx.

Crew

Alexis Alexanian

Assistant Production Coordinator

Robert Anderson

Unit Production Manager

Bunny Andrews

Music Editor

Jodie Arenberg

Other

Donah Bassett

Negative Cutting

Ken Beauchene

Camera Operator

Susan M Becton

Other

Julie Bellovich

Assistant

Richard Berger

Set Designer

Milton Biggham

Song

Else Blangsted

Editing

Lyda Blank

Location Assistant

Kathryn Blondell

Hair Stylist

Stan Bochner

Sound Editor

Harry Peck Bolles

Sound Editor

Gregory Bolton

Art Director

Brett Botula

Location Manager

Johnny Burke

Song

Thomas R Burman

Makeup

Colin Campbell

Lighting Technician

Fred Caruso

Coproducer

Lou Cerborino

Sound Editor

Algric Leo Chaplin

Dga Trainee

Richard P. Cirincione

Sound Editor

Laura Civiello

Sound Editor

E Twinky Clark

Song

Rudy Clark

Location Assistant

Michael Cristofer

Screenplay

Steven Danow

Technical Advisor

Vernon Dautenhahn

Transportation Captain

Thomas A Davila

Assistant Production Accountant

Brian De Palma

Producer

John Deblau

Lighting

Marjorie Deutsch

Adr Editor

Don Digirolamo

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

William B Doane

Special Effects

Bari Dreiband-burman

Makeup

Eddie Drohan

Special Effects

Scott Eddo

Makeup

Edwin A Effrein

Assistant Camera Operator

Leonard Engelman

Makeup

Bruce Ericksen

Wardrobe

Neil Fallon

Video Assist/Playback

Judie Fixler

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Susan Sklar Friedman

Assistant Sound Editor

Bruce Frye

Location Assistant

Sue Gandy

Assistant Costume Designer

Antonio Garrido

Dolly Grip

Gary Gero

Animal Trainer

Louis Goldman

Photography

David Goldstein

Other

Monica Goldstein

Associate Producer

Kelly Gordon

Song

Pat Grosswendt

Rigging Gaffer

Dave Grusin

Music

Peter Guber

Executive Producer

Emil Clayton Hampton

Assistant Camera Operator

Jack Hayes

Music Arranger

Nancy Hopton

Script Supervisor

Paul Howes

Transportation Coordinator

Ray Hubley

Assistant Editor

Gary Hymes

Stunt Coordinator

Edward Iacobelli

Transportation Coordinator

Roger Irvin

Construction Coordinator

Andi Isaacs

Craft Service

Eric Jacobsen

Assistant

Kenton Jakub

Adr Editor

David James

Photography

Arthur Johnston

Song

Gary Jones

Assistant Costume Designer

Jimmy Jue

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Dean Kay

Song

Gary F Kieldrup

Assistant Property Master

Bruce Kitzmeyer

Foley Editor

Scott Kordish

Assistant

Gary Kudroff

Lead Set Dresser

Les Lazarowitz

Sound Mixer

Coree Lear

Makeup

Clare Leavenworth

Assistant

Maurice Lospinoso

Assistant

David Lowry

Dolly Grip

William Lucek

Scenic Artist

Robert Maddy

Set Designer

Donna Maloney

Wardrobe

Jeff Mart

Steadicam Operator

Kevin Mccarthy

Lead Set Dresser

Larry Mcconkey

Steadicam Operator

Jane Mcculley

Adr Editor

Gary Mcleond

Assistant Camera Operator

Charles Mecuri

Wardrobe

Joe Mitchell

Set Decorator

Susan Montgomery

Production Accountant

Daniel P Moore

Video Assist/Playback

Aimee Morris

Assistant

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music Composer

Gary Muller

Assistant Camera Operator

Linda Murphy

Boom Operator

James H Nau

Assistant Sound Editor

Nick Navarro

Set Designer

Phil Neilson

Stunt Coordinator

Andy Nelson

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Hal Nelson

Grip

Elizabeth Nevin

Production Coordinator

Liz Newman

Assistant Producer

Randy Nolen

Steadicam Operator

Josee Normand

Hair Stylist

Terry Odem

Assistant

Jeff Okabayashi

Assistant Director

Michael Orloff

Casting Associate

Douglas Ornstein

Assistant Director

Bill Pankow

Editor

John Panuccio

Grip

Jeffery Passero

Location Casting

Beth Patrick

Location Assistant

Richard Patrick

Assistant Director

F Stanley Pearse Jr.

Location Manager

Steve Pederson

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Jon Peters

Executive Producer

Jeffrey W Peterson

Lighting

Thomas J. Prate

Key Grip

Mark Rathaus

Sound Editor

David Ray

Editor

Herbert Robinson

Song

Ann Roth

Costume Designer

Peter A Runfolo

Unit Production Manager

Doug Ryan

Camera Operator

Thomas Saccio

Property Master

Stanley Saffold

Craft Service

Charlie Saldana

Key Grip

Maurice Schell

Sound Editor

Justin Scoppa

Set Decorator

Patricia Seyler

Assistant

Ahmad Shirazi

Foley Editor

Cara Silverman

Assistant Editor

Peter Lansdown Smith

Art Director

Chris Soldo

Assistant Director

Ben Sperber

Foreman

Lynn Stalmaster

Casting

Edwin Stalter

Craft Service

Jeff Stern

Adr Editor

Johann Strauss

Music Composer

Daniel C Striepeke

Makeup

Richard Sylbert

Production Designer

James Tanenbaum

Sound Mixer

Todd Thaler

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Kelvin R. Trahan

Hair Stylist

Tim Tyler

Location Assistant

Magdaline Volaitis

Sound Editor

Eric Von Arx

Location Assistant

Ken Weinberg

Assistant Property Master

Roger West

Grip

James Whalen

Transportation Captain

Harriet Fidlow Winn

Adr Editor

Darren Wiseman

Location Assistant

Steven Lee Wolfe

Lighting

Tom Wolfe

Source Material (From Novel)

John Zemasnky

Property Master

William Zsigmond

Director Of Photography

William Zsigmond

Dp/Cinematographer

Film Details

Also Known As
Bonfire of the Vanities, Boucher des vanites, Le, Fåfängans fyrverkeri, Le Boucher des vanites, hoguera de las vanidades, La
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
1990
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD)
Location
New York City, New York, USA; Bronx, New York, USA; New Jersey, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 5m

Articles

George Plimpton, 1927-2003


George Plimpton, the wry, self-effacing author whose engaging film appearances enlivened many movies over the years, died of a heart attack on September 25 in his Manhattan apartment. He was 76. George Ames Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927 in New York City. The son of a diplomat, he was well connected to high society. A scholarly man of the letters, hip, urbane bohemians knew him for decades as the unpaid editor to the much respected literary quarterly, The Paris Review, which introduced emerging authors such as Gore Vidal and Jack Kerouac. In 1963, the gaunt, unassuming Plimpton documented his time training with the Detroit Lions, and turned the antics into a shrewd, witty piece of sports fulfillment, Paper Lion. The film was adapted for the big screen by Alex March in 1968 with Alan Alda playing the role of Plimpton. That same year, he made his film debut as a reporter in Gordon Douglas' police thriller The Detective (1968) starring Frank Sinatra and followed that up with an amusing cameo as a gunman shot my John Wayne in Howard Hawks' Rio Lobo (1970). A few more cameos came up over the years, but it wasn't until the '90s that he proved he himself a capable performer and found regular film work: an appropriate role as a talk show moderator in Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate's (1991), the president's lawyer in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995); a psychologist in Gus Van Zandt's Good Will Hunting (1997); a clubgoer in Whit Stillman's discursive drama The Last Day's of Disco (1998); and a very comical doctor in Jean- Marie Poire's Just VisitingThe Simpsons playing a professor who runs a fixed spelling bee! He is survived by his wife Sara Whitehead Dudley and four children. Michael T. Toole
George Plimpton, 1927-2003

George Plimpton, 1927-2003

George Plimpton, the wry, self-effacing author whose engaging film appearances enlivened many movies over the years, died of a heart attack on September 25 in his Manhattan apartment. He was 76. George Ames Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927 in New York City. The son of a diplomat, he was well connected to high society. A scholarly man of the letters, hip, urbane bohemians knew him for decades as the unpaid editor to the much respected literary quarterly, The Paris Review, which introduced emerging authors such as Gore Vidal and Jack Kerouac. In 1963, the gaunt, unassuming Plimpton documented his time training with the Detroit Lions, and turned the antics into a shrewd, witty piece of sports fulfillment, Paper Lion. The film was adapted for the big screen by Alex March in 1968 with Alan Alda playing the role of Plimpton. That same year, he made his film debut as a reporter in Gordon Douglas' police thriller The Detective (1968) starring Frank Sinatra and followed that up with an amusing cameo as a gunman shot my John Wayne in Howard Hawks' Rio Lobo (1970). A few more cameos came up over the years, but it wasn't until the '90s that he proved he himself a capable performer and found regular film work: an appropriate role as a talk show moderator in Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate's (1991), the president's lawyer in Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995); a psychologist in Gus Van Zandt's Good Will Hunting (1997); a clubgoer in Whit Stillman's discursive drama The Last Day's of Disco (1998); and a very comical doctor in Jean- Marie Poire's Just Visiting

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video April 24, 1991

Released in United States Winter December 21, 1990

Began shooting April 16, 1990.

Completed shooting July 27, 1990.

Brian DePalma makes a cameo appearance as a prison guard in order to direct a lengthy Steadicam shot.

Julie Salamon's "Devil's Candy: The Bonfire of the Vanities Goes to Hollywood" was published by Houghton Mifflin in October 1991.

Released in United States on Video April 24, 1991

Released in United States Winter December 21, 1990