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      Joker (2019)

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      In Gotham City, mentally-troubled comedian Arthur Fleck embarks on a downward-spiral of social revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his infamous alter-ego: "The Joker".


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      Martin Scorsese may have influenced Joker, but writer/director Todd Phillips reveals that it was a specific era of cinema that inspired his and Joaquin Phoenix's take on the classic villain.

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      Cast overview, first billed only:
      Joaquin Phoenix ... Arthur Fleck
      Robert De Niro ... Murray Franklin
      Zazie Beetz ... Sophie Dumond
      Frances Conroy ... Penny Fleck
      Brett Cullen ... Thomas Wayne
      Shea Whigham ... Detective Burke
      Bill Camp ... Detective Garrity
      Glenn Fleshler ... Randall
      Leigh Gill ... Gary
      Josh Pais ... Hoyt Vaughn
      Rocco Luna Rocco Luna ... GiGi Dumond
      Marc Maron ... Gene Ufland
      Sondra James ... Dr. Sally
      Murphy Guyer ... Barry O'Donnell
      Douglas Hodge ... Alfred Pennyworth


      Joker centers around an origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale. Written by Warner Bros.

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      Crime | Drama | Thriller


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      Release Date:

      3 October 2019 (Hong Kong) See more »

      Also Known As:

      Guasón See more »


      Box Office


      $55,000,000 (estimated)

      Opening Weekend USA:

      $96,202,337, 6 October 2019

      Gross USA:


      Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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      Technical Specs




      Aspect Ratio:

      1.85 : 1
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      Did You Know?


      While the film draws many parallels to Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976), the most blatant outside of the Robert De Niro casting is the iconic gun to the head hand gesture. This gesture is one of the most famous images to come from De Niro's Travis Bickle character, and is conducted in this film on various occasions by both Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz's characters. See more »


      As Arthur is standing on the cop car after the crash with the ambulance, someone in the mob is holding a bat right in front of Arthur. The shot changes and there are no bat's in the air in front of him anywhere. See more »


      Arthur Fleck: For my whole life, I didn't know if I even really existed. But I do, and people are starting to notice.
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      Crazy Credits

      The DC Comics logo appears at the end of this film, and without the Justice League animation, marking it as an alternate universe tale. See more »


      References Blow Out (1981) See more »


      In Basement
      Cue from Modern Times (1936)
      Written by Charles Chaplin
      Orchestral Arrangement Courtesy of Bourne Co.
      Performed by Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks (as North German Radio Symphony Orchestra)
      Conducted by Timothy Brock
      Courtesy of CPO and Naxos
      By arrangement with Source/Q
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      As a viewer that actually went to TIFF and witnessed this film and didn't want to believe the hype, it is an absolute MASTERPIECE and Phoenix is a certified legend.
      10 September 2019 | by JF500See all my reviews

      I was a person that saw all the hype and claims of masterpiece as overreacting and overblown excitement for another Joker based film. I thought this looked solid at best and even a bit too pretentious in the trailer, but in here to say I was incredibly wrong. This is a massive achievement of cinema that's extremely rare in a day and age of cgi nonsense and reboots. While this is somewhat of a reboot of sorts, the standalone origin tale is impeccable from start to finish and echoes resemblance to the best joker origin comics from the past. Joaquin bleeds, sweats, and cries his every drop into this magnificently dedicated performance. Heath Ledger would be proud. This is undoubtedly the greatest acting performance since Heath's joker. The directing and writing is slickly brilliant and the bleak settings and tones are palpable throughout. When this film was over the place was blown away and every audience member was awestruck that they witnessed a film that could still transport them into a character's world and very existence. Believe the hype. This is going to be revered as a transcending masterpiece of cinema.

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