Bonfire of the VanitiesHD Closed Captioning
Brian De Palma
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Today's hottest film stars -- two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks ("Catch Me if You Can," "The Green Mile"), Bruce Willis ("The Sixth Sense," "Die Hard"), and Academy Award-nominee Melanie Griffith ("Working Girl," "Pacific Heights") and Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby," "Unforgiven") -- star in the Brian De Palma ("Mission: Impossible," "Scarface") film based on the #1 bestseller by Tom Wolfe. Co-starring Golden Globe-nominee Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City"), Alan King ("Casino"), Mary Alice ("I'll Fly Away") and Kirsten Dunst ("Mona Lisa Smile," "Spider-man" 1 & 2 ).
Travesty of a brilliant book
The film of the book Wolf's brilliant book, 'Bonfire of the Vanities' is a disaster, as Rolling Stone said in its review when the film came out. It's also a travesty of the plot and characters in the book with Tom Hanks miscast. There's political correctness in the shoe shine man in the bond buying office. No longer black and judge on the Bronx court now black and not white, maybe to balance the howling mostly black mob in the court. The one redeeming feature of the film is the glimpses of barrenness of the South Bronx,with its burnt out apartment blocks. More like a country destroyed by war which it was: rich versus impoverished black.