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Pleasantville (1998)

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Two 1990s teenagers find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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David, nerdy high school student, flees reality by watching Pleasantville - a 1950's b&w sit-com, where everything is just that... pleasant. His sister Jennifer, sexually far more active than her brother, gets in a fight with him about a very strange remote control. The remote was given to them just seconds after the TV broke, by an equally strange repair man. They suddenly find themselves in Pleasantville, as Bud and Mary-Sue Parker, completely assimilated and therefore black and white, in clothes a little different and with new parents... pleasant ones. David wants to get out of the situation as well as his sister, but whereas he tries to blend in (effortlessly, with his knowledge), she does whatever she wants to do. One event leads to the other, and suddenly there is a red rose growing in Pleasantville. The more rules are broken, the more colorful life gets in Pleasantville, USA. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Pleasantville - It's Just Around the Corner See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements emphasizing sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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23 October 1998 (USA)  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,855,063 (USA) (23 October 1998)

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$40,568,025 (USA) (26 March 1999)
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Trivia

In the original screenplay, the TV Repairman was to be played by Dick Van Dyke and the name of the repair company was Rob's TV Repair (Rob was Van Dyke's name on his first show) In a subsequent draft, the name in the script was simply TV Repairman, leaving room for Don Knotts. See more »

Goofs

In the bowling alley, we are shown a sequence of 7-10 splits converted to spares. This should be marked as an 8-/ on a scorecard. However on the scoreboard projected behind Bob, there are no frames with any 8s. Even if the scores hadn't been recorded yet, we should at the very least see 8s with the top right squares blank. See more »

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[first lines]
[David is gazing admiringly at a pretty blonde girl]
David: *Hi*
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David: I mean, Hi. Uh, look, you probably don't think I should be asking you this. I mean, not knowing you well and all? I mean, you know, I, I, I know you, 'cause everybody knows you. I just don't know you technically. Uh, anyhow. Uh, I don't know what you're doing this weekend, but my mom's leaving town, and she's letting me borrow the car.
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The New Line logo plays in complete silence. See more »

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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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Across the Universe
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by Fiona Apple
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Positively Wonderful
14 November 1998 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Pleasantville should be nominated for Best Director and Best Cinematography, and perhaps Best Supporting Actor for William H. Macy. Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels and Tobey Maguire are also excellent, and the idea is brilliant. In other words, this film is one of the best of the year. It is fun for the eyes and filled with wonderful allusions to great books and other films, not to mention some similar events in our country's past. If you will let yourself go from reality and put a little thought into it, you will realize the sheer genius behind this film. The messages were plenty and appropriate, and while it is extremely fun to watch, it still is able to evoke deeper emotions. Fantastic, and my vote for second best film of the year behind Saving Private Ryan.


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