Requiem for a Dream

The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.
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Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Sara Goldfarb: Ellen Burstyn
  • Harry Goldfarb: Jared Leto
  • Marion Silver: Jennifer Connelly
  • Tyrone C. Love: Marlon Wayans
  • Tappy Tibbons: Christopher McDonald
  • Big Tim: Keith David
  • Ada: Louise Lasser
  • Rae: Marcia Jean Kurtz
  • Mrs. Pearlman: Janet Sarno
  • Mrs. Scarlini: Suzanne Shepherd
  • Mrs. Ovadia: Joanne Gordon
  • Mrs. Miles: Charlotte Aronofsky
  • Mr. Rabinowitz: Mark Margolis
  • Donut Cop: Michael Kaycheck
  • Dr. Pill: Peter Maloney
  • Tyrone’s Mother: Denise Dowse
  • Malin & Block Secretary: Olga Merediz
  • Dr. Spencer: Ben Shenkman
  • Southern Doctor: Dylan Baker
  • Court Doctor: Bill Buell
  • Angelic Nurse: Lianna Pai
  • Uncle Hank: Stanley B. Herman
  • E.R. Doctor: Gregg Bello
  • Ward Attendant Seto: Shaun O’Hagan
  • Prison Guard: Jimmie Ray Weeks
  • Corn Dog Stand Boss: Jack O’Connell
  • Lyle Russel: Chas Mastin
  • Mailman: Ajay Naidu
  • Arnold the Shrink: Sean Gullette
  • Nurse Mall: Samia Shoaib
  • King Neptune: Abraham Abraham
  • Alice: Aliya Campbell
  • Young Tyrone: Te’ron A. O’Neal
  • Brody: Bryan Chattoo
  • Brody’s Henchman Victor: Eddie De Harp
  • Voice of Jailer (voice): Scott Franklin
  • Sal the Geep: Peter Cheyenne
  • First AD: Brian Costello
  • Newspaper Man on Train: Abraham Aronofsky
  • Space Oddity: James Chinlund
  • Malin & Block Office Woman: Allison Furman
  • Paramedic Greenhill: Robert Dylan Cohen
  • Ward Attendant Penn: Leland Gantt
  • ECT Technician: Henry Stram
  • Laughing Guard: Hubert Selby Jr.
  • Big Tim Party Girl: Heather Litteer
  • Big Tim Party Girl: Jenny Decker
  • Big Tim Party Girl: Ami Goodheart
  • Big Tim Party Girl: Nina Zavarin
  • Party Animal: Scott Bader
  • Party Animal: Jim Centofanti
  • Party Animal: Scott Chait
  • Party Animal: Daniel Clarin
  • Party Animal: Ben Cohen
  • Party Animal: Eric Cohen
  • Party Animal: Brett Feinstein
  • Party Animal: Ricky Fier
  • Party Animal: John Getz
  • Party Animal: Andrew Kessler
  • Party Animal: Ross Lombardo
  • Party Animal: Carter Mansbach
  • Party Animal: Scott Miller
  • Party Animal: Todd Miller
  • Party Animal: Joshua Pollack
  • Party Animal: Craig Rallo
  • Party Animal: Geordan Reisner
  • Party Animal: Keith Scandore
  • Party Animal: David Seltzer
  • Party Animal: Chris Varvaro
  • Party Animal: Ricardo Viñas
  • Party Animal: Chad Weiner
  • Party Animal: Jesse Weissberger
  • Party Animal: Greg Weissman
  • Visitor (uncredited): Darren Aronofsky

Film Crew:

  • Editor: Jay Rabinowitz
  • Casting: Mary Vernieu
  • Line Producer: Ann Ruark
  • Director of Photography: Matthew Libatique
  • Original Music Composer: Clint Mansell
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Producer: Eric Watson
  • Executive Producer: Nick Wechsler
  • Novel: Hubert Selby Jr.
  • Producer: Palmer West
  • Executive Producer: Stefan Simchowitz
  • Executive Producer: Beau Flynn
  • Casting: Ann Goulder
  • Casting: Anne McCarthy
  • Production Design: James Chinlund
  • Art Direction: Judy Rhee
  • Set Decoration: Ondine Karady
  • Costume Design: Carolyn Grifel
  • Costume Design: Laura Jean Shannon
  • Unit Production Manager: Lori Keith Douglas
  • Post Production Supervisor: Douglas Wilkinson
  • Sound Designer: Stephen Barden
  • Sound Designer: Brian Emrich
  • Key Makeup Artist: Judy Chin
  • Camera Operator: Alicia Weber

Movie Reviews:

  • John Chard: Shattering expose of the fallible human condition.

    What to say about Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream that hasn’t been said already? Without doubt it’s a film, that in spite of its high standing on the main movie sites, polarises opinions. It’s a film that in simple terms follows four people through their addictions until the shattering denouement, but the journey is made more bleak by offering tantalising snatches of hope, the dreams of the protags offered up as some sort of goals for the addicts to cling on to – only for the narrative to stick in its rusty serrated blade to draw the lifeblood from the hapless hopefuls.

    Arononfsky brings a multitude of technical skills to the party that emphasise the emotional discord on show. Standard split-screening is married up with rapid cutting, isolated framing, close ups, long tracking and Snorricam, all of which is sound tracked by Clint Mansell’s haunting musical composition. All told it’s an assault on all the senses and terrifying with it, boosted no end by Aronofsky getting top performances from his cast of actors. Love it or hate it, it’s a film that simply can’t be ignored, unsparing cinema produced by a most gifted director. 9/10

  • JPV852: Only my second viewing of this, last time probably was when it came out on DVD, and not one I’ll re-watch anytime soon, but still a great drama featuring incredible performances, most notably Ellen Burstyn who was worthy of her Oscar nomination. Has some darkly wild moments and a swing in tones, guess giving viewers insights into the highs and lows of heroine use. Not entertaining in so much as fascinating film worth it for some of the visuals and acting. **4.5/5**
  • corrcorr: I’ve never been so afraid of a refrigerator.
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