The Bonfire of the Vanities

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The Bonfire of the Vanities poster.

Movie (1990)

Tom Hanks (Sherman McCoy)
Bruce Willis (Peter Fallow)
Melanie Griffith (Maria Ruskin)
Morgan Freeman (Judge Leonard White)

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight, and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde 101

Maria Ruskin landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The film's Second Unit Director, Eric Schwab, calculated the time and day when a runway at JFK would line up exactly with the setting sun, to serve as a backdrop, chartered an Air France Concorde to take off empty and land during that time frame, and managed to film in the single 30-second time period when this occurs in any given year, while winning a bet that he could make the scene an essential part of the movie. The 5-camera shot cost $80,000 and lasted just 10 seconds in the final cut.

Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde 101 of Air France.
Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde 101 of Air France.

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