Year: 2000
USA: Lions Gate Films
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Chloë Sevigny, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Guinevere Turner, Matt Ross, William Sage, Cara Seymour
Director: Mary Harron
Countries: Canada / USA
USA: 97 mins
UK: 101 mins
USA Rated: R for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language (Previously Rated: NC-17)
UK Certificate: 18 for strong sex, violence, language and some drug-taking
USA Release Date: 14 April 2000
UK Release Date: 21 April 2000


Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho" was perhaps the most controversial novel of the last decade for its graphic violence and its intensely dark tone, which made both the book and its author the subject of intense criticism.

Few characters have personified an era as disturbingly as Patrick Bateman. AMERICAN PSYCHO gives us a monster for the late 20th century. Showing contemporary urban life through the eyes of a serial killer forcing readers to enter his mind and understand his motives that is both terrifying and chilling.

Now almost ten years after the book was published "American Psycho's" provocative social commentary can be re-evaluated and appreciated. Its content is not as emotionally charged nor as literal as it once seemed. It can finally be confronted, this time in the form of a stunning social satire for the screen.