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American Psycho

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7245.1347/a (Published 13 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1347
  1. Sean A Spence, senior lecturer in psychiatry
  1. University of Sheffield

    Directed by Mary Harron, Lions Gate Films, on general release worldwide

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    Adapted from the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho stars Christian Bale as the notorious Wall Street financier Patrick Bateman. It follows his apparent decline from a cynical misanthrope, idly spinning out his time between appointments to dine, pose, and philander, to a bloodied psychopath, unable to control a compulsion to dismember his victims while they are still breathing. The film has the gloss of pornography and the glamour of fashion photography. Perhaps this is appropriate, as psychopathy …

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