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Being John Malkovich (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  3 December 1999 (USA)
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A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star, John Malkovich.

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Derek Mantini
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Father at Puppet Show
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Daughter at Puppet Show
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Woman in Elevator (as Octavia L. Spencer)
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Wendy
Byrne Piven ...
Captain Mertin
Judith Wetzell ...
Tiny Woman
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Cab Driver
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Guy in Restaurant
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Storyline

Puppeteer Craig Schwartz and animal lover and pet store clerk Lotte Schwartz are just going through the motions of their marriage. Despite not being able to earn a living solely through puppeteering, Craig loves his profession as it allows him to inhabit the skin of others. He begins to take the ability to inhabit the skin of others to the next level when he is forced to take a job as a file clerk for the off-kilter LesterCorp, located on the five-foot tall 7½ floor of a Manhattan office building. Behind one of the filing cabinets in his work area, Craig finds a hidden door which he learns is a portal into the mind of John Malkovich, the visit through the portal which lasts fifteen minutes after which the person is spit into a ditch next to the New Jersey Turnpike. Craig is fascinated by the meaning of life associated with this finding. Lotte's trips through the portal make her evaluate her own self. And the confident Maxine Lund, one of Craig's co-workers who he tells about the ... Written by Huggo

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Ever Wanted To Be Someone Else? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Dans la peau de John Malkovich  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$637,721 (USA) (29 October 1999)

Gross:

£1,882,462 (UK) (5 May 2000)
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Trivia

The name of John Cusack's character is a combined reference to Edward Gordon Craig and Bruce Schwartz. Schwartz is an accomplished American puppeteer while Craig was a turn-of-the-century theater artist who suggested that actors should be viewed as no more important than marionettes. See more »

Goofs

When Craig is about to discover the portal, he picks up the dropped file and puts it on the bureau next to him. But in the next shot that file is not there, only those that were there before. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lotte Schwartz: Craig, honey, it's time for bed.
[fade out and in]
Orrin Hatch the bird: Craig, honey, time to get up, Craig, honey, time to get up, Craig, honey, time to get up, Craig, honey, time to get up,
Craig Schwartz: Lotte...
Lotte Schwartz: I'm sorry. I didn't know Orrin Hatch was out of his cage.
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at the end of the cast listing is noted ...and John Malkovich See more »

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Referenced in Adaptation. (2002) See more »

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Song of the Soul
Composed by Patrick Hawes
Courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
I'm crazy about this movie.
7 November 1999 | by (Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

This is an insanely GREAT movie! Nothing has been attempted like this before, and it keeps coming up with surprises and ingenuity until the very end. I laughed with delight all the way through, even though the movie is intentionally, unrelentingly, disorienting and creepy.

John Malkovich is fabulous playing "himself". John Cusack and Cameron Diaz deliver some of their best. The directing is amazing--especially considering that it's Spike Jonze's first big one.

When my friends and I left the theater, we were stunned, happy, and exhilarated, and everything seemed a little surreal.


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