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In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Director:

Todd Phillips
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Does 'Joker' Exist in a Scorsese-Verse of Films?

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Put on a happy face.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2019 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Guasón See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$96,202,337, 6 October 2019

Gross USA:

$332,141,623

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,054,941,623
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song heard in the teaser trailer is "Smile", composed by Charles Chaplin for his film Modern Times (1936). See more »

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When Arthur is taking a smoke break outside the hospital, and the detectives confront him, he gets up and tries to re-enter the hospital but the automatic door doesn't open. Arthur waves frantically at the motion sensor atop the door trying to get it to open. However, motion-sensing automatic doors, now common, were extremely uncommon in 1981; the older bottom mat weight sensor based "supermarket door" style would have been prevalent for automatic doors. See more »

Quotes

Arthur Fleck: Have you seen what it's like out there, Murray? Do you ever actually leave the studio? Everybody just yells and screams at each other. Nobody's civil anymore. Nobody thinks what it's like to be the other guy. You think men like Thomas Wayne ever think what it's like to be someone like me? To be somebody but themselves? They don't. They think that we'll just sit there and take it, like good little boys! That we won't werewolf and go wild!
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Crazy Credits

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References The Dark Knight (2008) See more »

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My Name Is Carnival
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MASTERPIECE 😍
1 September 2019 | by logical_guySee all my reviews

Joaquin Phoenix gives a tour de force performance, fearless and stunning in its emotional depth and physicality. It's impossible to talk about this without referencing Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance from The Dark Knight, widely considered the definitive live-action portrayal of the Joker, so let's talk about it. The fact is, everyone is going to be stunned by what Phoenix accomplishes, because it's what many thought impossible - a portrayal that matches and potentially exceeds that of The Dark Knight's Clown Prince of Crime


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