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Pleasantville (1998)

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Two 1990s teenage siblings 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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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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$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 scene where 'Bud' is asked how he knew how to handle the fire it's mentioned that the books have now started to fill in if the plot is described. After describing the plot of 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" to the diner he is asked about another book. The title is not mentioned by name but the character of Holden Caulfield is mentioned. That means the book in question is "The Catcher in the Rye". The book is also featured in a mural later in the film. "The Catcher in the Rye" is the book that inspired Mark David Chapman to kill John Lennon. The song used in the end credits and is basically the theme of the film is a Fiona Apple cover of "Across the Universe". A song witten by John Lennon. See more »

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In the bowling alley sequence, the scene begins with two or three 7-10 splits being picked up. Later in the same scene when the mayor is speaking with the scores behind him there are no 8 pin spares listed, only 9 pin spares. 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 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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(Let Me Be Your)Teddy Bear
Written by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe
Performed by Elvis Presley
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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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