Requiem for a Dream

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Requiem for a Dream
Genre: Psychological
Photography: Color
Running Time: 101 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: May 14, 2000(Cannes)
October 6, 2000 (United States)
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Written by: Darren Aronofsky
Distributed by: Artisan Entertainment
Starring: Ellen Burstyn
Jared Leto
Jennifer Connelly
Marlon Wayans
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Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr., with whom Aronofsky wrote the screenplay.


The film depicts four characters affected by drug addiction. Their addictions cause them to become imprisoned in a world of delusion and reckless desperation. Once that delusional state is overtaken by reality, by the end of the film, they are left as hollow shells of their former selves.

Why it Rocks

  1. Disturbingly beautiful theme song composed by Clint Marshall and performed by Kronos Quartet.
  2. First Rate execution of the setting.
  3. Amazingly great performances, possibly one of the best performances of the year.
  4. The situation these characters go through has a powerful impact on a majority of audiences, especially near the end.
  5. Well executed take on the American Drug epidemic.
  6. Magnificent cinematic techniques.
  7. Terrifyingly beautiful visuals, which can easily scar one for life due to how disturbing they are.

Bad Qualities

  1. Despite its powerful impact on audiences, The American drug epidemic is more relevant than ever.
  2. It's characters may not be straightforward to relate to not being having experience of addiction.


Requiem for a Dream is often regarded as one of the most disturbing and depressing movies of all time by both critics and the audience but also regarded as being one of greatest movies by some having a 79% approving rating by audiences. Many have regarded this movie as a powerful impact on several people.