Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

Darren Aronofsky (2000)

18 Certificate


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The creeping menace of addiction - in all its forms - is the subject of Darren Aronofsky's powerful adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr's novel. Junk TV shows, diet pills and Class A drugs are the lifeblood of these doomed characters. Ellen Burstyn plays the widowed mother hooked on game shows and sweet foods, whose desperate bid to lose weight leads to hallucinations and increased loneliness. Her heroin addict son (Jared Leto) and his friend (Marlon Wayans) pawn the TV for drugs money, while Leto's girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly) degrades herself at stag parties. Making stylish use of the split-screen technique, huge close-ups and exaggerated sound effects, Aronofsky depicts the highs and lows of drug-taking - to chilling effect. Like Trainspotting and Drugstore Cowboy before it, this is a powerful and unnerving trip into the narcotics dependent darkness of modern society.


Four drug-addicted people go into a downward spiral with devastating effects on their families. A woman takes diet pills in a bid to look slim for her appearance on a TV show, her heroin-addict son and his friend turn to crime to pay for their addiction, and one of the boys' girlfriends faces her own battle with narcotics. Darren Aronofsky's drama, based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr and starring Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Marlon Wayans and Jennifer Connelly.

Cast & Crew

Sara Goldfarb Ellen Burstyn
Harry Goldfarb Jared Leto
Marion Silver Jennifer Connelly
Tyrone C Love Marlon Wayans
Tappy Tibbons Christopher McDonald
Ada Louise Lasser
Little John Keith David
Arnold the Shrink Sean Gullette
Director Darren Aronofsky
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Jan 2001