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American Psycho [DVD] [2000]

Christian Bale , Reese Witherspoon , Mary Harron    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, Willem Dafoe, ChloŽ Sevigny, Samantha Mathis
  • Directors: Mary Harron
  • Writers: Guinevere Turner, Mary Harron, Bret Easton Ellis
  • Producers: Alessandro Camon, Chris Hanley, Christian Halsey Solomon, Clifford Streit
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WZWB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Bret Easton Ellis' disturbing novel is brought to the screen by Mary Harron. In 1987, twentysomething Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) seems to have it all: he is handsome, successful and engaged to the beautiful Evelyn (Reese Witherspoon). However, Patrick is also engaged in an affair with Courtney Rawlinson (Samantha Mathis) - his colleague's fiancée - and at night indulges in a confused orgy of drugs, pornography, prostitution and murder fantasies. When Patrick is outshone by a rival at a board meeting, he takes out his frustration by knifing a man sleeping rough in the street. This sparks off a descent into violence and madness, with Patrick embarking on a bloody and random killing spree.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did you know I'm utterly insane? 24 Feb 2014
It would be hard to find a more scathing indictment of the 1980s than "American Psycho." You know, that book about the murderous yuppie.

And if anything, the movie is even more wonderfully brutal than Brett Easton Ellis original book -- a scathing, unnerving movie that swings between savage violence and hilariously sick social satire. But what really makes it work is Christian Bale, who is utterly perfect as the titular American psycho. Every smile, snarl and twitch from this man is utterly perfect.

Patrick Bateman (Bale) is the perfect yuppie -- he has a high-paying job and a beautiful fiancee (Reese Witherspoon). He dines at all the best restaurants and goes to the best clubs. He keeps his body, New York apartment and wardrobe in perfect condition, and gives detailed descriptions of his designer clothes, beauty products and music collection.

But when his associate Paul (Jared Leto) flaunts a business card that is superior to Bateman's, it sends him into a psychotic rage -- first he kills an old man and his dog, then he cheerily axes Paul to death. A detective named Donald Kimball (Willem Defoe) investigates Paul's disappearance, but doesn't seem to connect Bateman to the man's disappearance despite his many lies.

As the days roll by, Bateman's homicidal urges begin to spiral out of control as he kills more and more people, descending deeper and deeper into his own bloody madness. Will he finally be caught for his crimes, and will his insanity finally swallow him up?

It sounds like a cliche, but "American Psycho" is all about the emptiness of a life without real substance. Every part of Patrick Bateman's life is carefully chosen for the image it gives him.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Psycho" meets "Wall Street". Brilliant. 19 Jun 2003
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An adaptaion of a novel of the same name, American Psycho stars an excellent Christian Bale as the strutting, Narcissistic corporate high-flyer Patrick Bateman (a nod to Norman Bates?), in a mind-numbingly artficial and greed-obsessed mid '80's. His colleagues and acquaintances (and, indeed, Patrick himself, as he admits in the beginning) are completely hollow, devoid of any emotion and concerned only with prestige enhancing finery like business cards and restaurant reservations.
Patrick is different, however, in that he occasionally breaks free of this drudgery by committing deranged and brutal murders (in an almost whimsical fashion). The balance between Patrick's smooth facade and his psychopathic cravings begins to collapse, and this is where we join the movie.
Bale's performance is outstanding. He shows all the characteristics of a serial killer (obsessive neatness, ridiculous over-articulation and a pedantic hyperanalysis of everything from business cards to Phil Collins albums) but in an incredibly subtle and underplayed way, as befits someone who is trying to keep this in check. Interestingly, the one person he can't bring himself to kill might well be the only genuine human being in the film: his secretary (Chloe Sevigny).
As with many films made in the early noughties, there is a twist towards the end which only reinforces Patrick's overwhelming normalness and is completely believable having listened to his opening speech.
A very intelligent and stylish film.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feed Me A Stray Cat 30 Nov 2006
By Oz
This movie was rather misinterpreted by the adverts for it when it was released; it is technically a horror film but in truth, it is much more comical than the creepy adverts made out. The story follows successful, nigh-on-perfect Patrick Bateman, a handsome business man who by day lives a tedious life in constant competition with his colleagues over ridiculous things such as who has the best business card and who can get the best reservations. Yet behind this montonous but normal life, Patrick is losing his mind and spends his nights succumbing to an ever-growing bloodlust and paranoia. Christian Bale couldn't have been a more perfect choice for this role; he delivers every line brilliantly. The supporting cast is also spectacular; Jared Leto plays an arrogant, ultimately doomed colleague, Chloe Sevigny is Bateman's shy secretary and the one person who seems to 'get' him. Reese Witherspoon makes brief but brilliant appearances as his fiance. Bateman's murder sprees are much more amusing than they are disturbing (watch out for him running around naked wielding a chainsaw) and provide a few good laughs, as does his obsession with looking good. Any movie that can have the killer taking time to exfoliate and make it work is a winner in my book! The story is highly original; I won't deny that I was completely lost in the last 5 minutes of the film but it's so entertaining I didn't even mind. This is a top quality film made even better by superb acting and directing. Buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian at his best! 18 Jun 2011
I love everything about this film - the 80s style, the music, the script, the delivery, the dark humour, the casting. I just can't fault it! A true masterpiece. Regularly find myself quoting it. Just watch it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zoolander in Hell 10 Sep 2004
I first saw American Psycho in a multiplex in, of all places, Plymouth. I was looking forward to a cool, brilliant, classy, savage satire on yuppiedom, but I think most of the rest of the audience were hoping for a slasher movie. The action was punctuated with cries of "Kill 'er!" and "Stab the slag!" Ah, Navy towns.
Oliver Stone nearly directed this movie, and we should be glad he didn't, when you consider what a daft mess he made of Quentin Tarantino's unpretentiously nasty original script for Natural Born Killers. He also wanted to cast Leonard DiCaprio, who at the time was one of the biggest stars in the world. How fashions change, eh? Fortunately, it reverted to Mary Harron (who'd proved herself on I Shot Andy Warhol) and she got to have her first choice in the lead, Christian Bale. Bale's performance is one of the most rip-roaring in Nineties cinema; he's like the concentrated essence of yuppie, sun-dried (or is it freeze-dried?) yuppie. That he had to remake his body and create the accent from the ground up suits the character perfectly. Patrick Bateman is, as he says himself, all mask - there is nobody there. The smirking, male-model relish with which Bale delivers lines like "The Mud Soup with Charcoal Arugula is outrageous!" is a sight to behold. It's surely intentional that he and his pals (chiefly Josh Lucas and Justin Theroux, respectively excellent in Wonderland and Mulholland Dr.) look like nothing so much as a bunch of guys in a Hugo Boss ad, as they sit around and make offensive remarks about women and Jews. ("Hey," says Patrick with sweet reasonableness, "cool it with the anti-Semitic remarks, okay?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing suprise.
Buying this from Zoverstocks with confidence, I opened it to find the disk inside was actually American Psycho 2 with Mila Kunis. A very disappointing suprise.
Published 8 days ago by Christopher Connolly
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Great adaptation of an outstanding book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars received in good order. Interesting movie but not as good as ...
received in good order. Interesting movie but not as good as the original.
Published 1 month ago by joan connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
Amazing film, one of my favourites. Well worth watching.
Published 1 month ago by Isabel Banham
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
One of the best films I have watched in a long time, lots of people have different comments on this. But I love it, watched it loads and lent it to friends
Published 2 months ago by Kazzie
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute classic!!
This is a classic film, with a top performance from Christian Bale, it like "Wall Street" meets "Psycho" and very funny in parts!!
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
3.0 out of 5 stars Choose carefully......
This is definitely not the same version of the film that I have seen previously, with some scenes edited out. Does that matter? Yes it does. Read more
Published 4 months ago by stuart l martin
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