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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 18 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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A brother and sister from the 1990s are sucked into their television set and suddenly find themselves trapped in a 1950s style television show. Here they have loving parents, old fashioned values, and an overwhelming amount of innocence and naivete. Not sure how to get home, they integrate themselves into this "backwards" society and slowly bring some color to this black and white world. But as innocence fades, the two teens begin to wonder if their 90s outlook is really to be preferred. Written by R. P. Falvey

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

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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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)

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£322,622 (UK) (12 March 1999)

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£790,203 (UK) (26 March 1999)
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When Jennifer enters Pleasantville, she becomes a character named Mary-Sue. "Mary-Sue" is a term that originated in fan fiction to describe a character who comes into the character's lives and completely solves all of their problems. It is also a fan-fiction term for when the author (usually female) inserts herself (as a character) into the story. See more »

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When Bud goes back to the real world at the end of the movie he fades out of the TV screen, the reflection of the room is visible, but his girlfriend and mother are not. See more »

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[first lines]
[David is gazing admiringly at a pretty blonde girl]
David: *Hi*
[chuckles]
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 Waste Land
Written by Robin Bissell and Jinsoo Kim (as Jinsoo)
Performed by Diamond Slim
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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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