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The Informers (2008)

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One week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence.

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Gregor Jordan

Writers:

Bret Easton Ellis (screenplay), Nicholas Jarecki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Foster ... Graham Sloan
Austin Nichols ... Martin
Amber Heard ... Christie
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Tim
Fernando Consagra Fernando Consagra ... Bruce
Aaron Himelstein ... Raymond
Mel Raido ... Bryan Metro
Rhys Ifans ... Roger
Germán Tripel ... Bryan's Guitarist (as German Tripel)
Billy Bob Thornton ... William Sloan
Kim Basinger ... Laura Sloan
Winona Ryder ... Cheryl Moore
Brad Renfro ... Jack
Suzanne Ford ... Bruce's Mother
Cameron Goodman ... Susan Sloan
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Loosely connected stories capture a week in L.A. in 1983, featuring movie executives, rock stars, a vampire and other morally challenged characters in adventures laced with sex, drugs and violence. Written by anonymous

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Taglines:

Greed is good. Sex is easy. Youth is forever.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, drug use, pervasive language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Informers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$300,000, 26 April 2009

Gross USA:

$300,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$382,174
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Amber Heard spent 45% of her entire performance completely nude. She said in an interview "I took on full nudity for that film because the script was based on (Bret Easton Ellis's) book and I wanted to represent the raw intensity, the important character aspects of what makes this story so dark and compelling and twisted," Heard explained. "I took a big risk and took a gamble and in this case I lost. The movie turned out to be a big flop." See more »

Goofs

The first traffic scene shown there is a C-4 generation Corvette (came out in 1984 there was no 1983 model) and a first generation Ford Taurus (came out in 1986). See more »

Quotes

Graham Sloan: I need something, Martin.
Martin: You need some fucking 'ludes.
Graham Sloan: No, I need something more than this!
Martin: Graham, what else is there? You already have everything.
Graham Sloan: I need someone to tell me what is good. Okay? And I need someone to tell me what is bad.
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I have to give this movie some credit
28 August 2009 | by zeppelinfan777See all my reviews

First let me start off by saying that I am a fan of the book, which is now one of my favorite books. So I was very excited about the movie. I honestly liked the movie. I do not think that it is a great movie or worthy of anything, but its not horrible, like everyone else thinks it is.

I'm not sure if people hate on this movie because they think the acting sucks, or because they think there is no plot line. I can agree on both parts. One, there were certain actors in this movie whose acting was simply bad. But then there were others, such as Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Mickey Rourke, Jon Foster, Mel Raido, who played Bryan Metro, who all rocked. Two, there were aspects in the book that could have made the movie better, such as not taking Jamie the vampire completely out of the movie and a much better ending. But the other thing to remember is that this is not the book, its a movie based off of the book and for what they used in the movie is pretty accurate. My advice would be to read the book before seeing the movie. In doing so, I think the movie brought the characters from the book to life.

I also feel that another reason why people didn't like this movie is because all of the supernatural elements were taken out. I will gladly admit that I would have loved for there to have been vampires and aliens in this movie.

And lastly, and this is the main reason why I think people hate this movie or just don't get it, The Informers is about scummy people in the early 80's in Los Angeles and focuses on how they are all connected in some way. THAT'S IT. And the movie portrays it perfectly in my opinion. There isn't much else that you could do with the movie when that's all the story is about. People also need to know ahead of time that you are not going to like these people either, minus the select few who are not entirely heartless. Honestly, it's a good, gritty story.

If you are like me and you like movies about sex, drugs, the 80's, Los Angeles, and greed, then this movie is worth seeing. I feel that this movie is a documentary on the 80's. You want 80's, this movie delivers 80's. Granted the movie wont beat out the book, the movie is still good.


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