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American Beauty -- Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation for his daughter's attractive friend.

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1 October 1999 (USA) See more »
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A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 5 Oscars. Another 115 wins & 82 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Spacey ... Lester Burnham

Annette Bening ... Carolyn Burnham

Thora Birch ... Jane Burnham

Wes Bentley ... Ricky Fitts

Mena Suvari ... Angela Hayes

Chris Cooper ... Colonel Fitts

Peter Gallagher ... Buddy Kane

Allison Janney ... Barbara Fitts

Scott Bakula ... Jim Olmeyer

Sam Robards ... Jim Berkley

Barry Del Sherman ... Brad

Ara Celi ... Sale House Woman #1

John Cho ... Sale House Man #1
Fort Atkinson ... Sale House Man #2
Sue Casey ... Sale House Woman #2

Kent Faulcon ... Sale House Man #3
Brenda Wehle ... Sale House Women #4
Lisa Cloud ... Sale House Women #4
Alison Faulk ... Spartanette #1
Krista Goodsitt ... Spartanette #2
Lily Houtkin ... Spartanette #3
Carolina Lancaster ... Spartanette #4

Mona Leah ... Spartanette #5 (as Romana Leah)

Chekesha Van Putten ... Spartanette #6 (as Chekesa Van Putten)
Emily Zachary ... Spartanette #7
Nancy Anderson ... Spartanette #8
Reshma Gajjar ... Spartanette #9
Stephanie Rizzo ... Spartanette #10

Heather Joy Sher ... Playground Girl #1
Chelsea Hertford ... Playground Girl #2

Amber Smith ... Christy Kane

Joel McCrary ... Catering Boss

Marissa Jaret Winokur ... Mr. Smiley's Counter Girl (Janine)
Dennis Anderson ... Mr. Smiley's Manager

Matthew Kimbrough ... Firing Range Attendant
Erin Cathryn Strubbe ... Young Jane
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bruce Cohen ... Bartender (uncredited)

Elaine Corral Kendall ... Newscaster (uncredited)

David C. Fisher ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Tom Miller ... Advertising Executive (uncredited)

Directed by
Sam Mendes 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Alan Ball (written by)

Produced by
Alan Ball .... co-producer
Bruce Cohen .... producer
Dan Jinks .... producer
Stan Wlodkowski .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall 
 
Film Editing by
Tariq Anwar 
Christopher Greenbury 
 
Casting by
Debra Zane 
 
Production Design by
Naomi Shohan 
 
Art Direction by
David Lazan  (as David S. Lazan)
 
Set Decoration by
Jan K. Bergstrom 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
 
Makeup Department
Cydney Cornell .... hair stylist: Ms. Bening
Patricia DeHaney .... key hair stylist (as Patricia Dehaney-Le May)
Julie Hewett .... makeup artist: Ms. Bening
Juliet Loveland .... makeup artist: second unit
Tania McComas .... key makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... key hair stylist
Cheri Ruff .... hair stylist: second unit
Steven R. Soussanna .... hair stylist: second unit (as Steve R. Soussana)
Christine M. Steele .... makeup artist
Debra-Lee Davidson .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Buffy Zerefski .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lisa Dennis Kennedy .... post-production supervisor
Cristen Carr Strubbe .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Adler .... first assistant director
Rosemary C. Cremona .... second assistant director (as Rosemary Cremona)
Carey Dietrich .... first assistant director
Chris Edmonds .... first assistant director: second unit
Michelle Edmonds .... second assistant director: second unit
Peter E. Hirsch .... second assistant director
Stephanie Kime .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Brook Bacon .... swing gang
Michael Casey .... lead person (as Michael P. Casey)
Kevin Chambers .... swing gang
Tony Chance .... storyboard artist
Molly Click .... art department coordinator
Andrea Dopaso .... set designer
Rob Garlow .... propmaker foreman (as Robert Garlow)
Jim Heritage .... plasterer foreman
Mike Higelmire .... lead person (as Michael Higelmire)
Tom Hrupcho .... paint foreman
Richard W. Jones .... greens foreman
Ian Kay .... on-set dresser
Gary Kudroff .... swing gang
Carolyn Lassek .... on-set dresser
Lance Mancuso .... construction first aid
Joe Ondrejko .... construction coordinator
Lisa Penaranda .... set decoration coordinator
Lynda Reiss .... property master
Robin Richesson .... storyboard artist
John A. Scott III .... swing gang
Catherine Smith .... assistant art director
Suzan Wexler .... set designer
Angela M. Whiting .... assistant property master (as Angela Whiting)
Chris Zimmerman .... stand-by painter
Ted Haigh .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Allen Lafferty .... propmaker (uncredited)
Martin Milligan .... props (uncredited)
Angela O'Neill .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Maureen Osborne .... buyer (uncredited)
Chris Samp .... painter gang boss and stand-by painter (uncredited)
Parker Swanson .... additional props (uncredited)
Craig Zumbroegel .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Brian Basham .... adr recordist
Bob Beemer .... sound re-recording mixer
Bryan Bowen .... sound effects editor
Simon Coke .... dialogue editor
Dean Drabin .... adr mixer
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital sound assistant
Scott Martin Gershin .... supervising sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Mark Gordon .... dialogue editor
Trevor Jolly .... adr supervisor
Lee W. Lebaigue .... digital sound assistant (as Lee LeBaigue)
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
James Moriana .... foley artist
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... first assistant sound editor
Mark Ormandy .... additional sound
Tom Ozanich .... foley editor
Alan Rankin .... sound effects editor
Richard Van Dyke .... production sound mixer
Rich Weingart .... adr mixer (as Richard Weingart)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeffrey B. Wilhoit)
Greg Zimmerman .... foley recordist
Peter Zinda .... foley editor
David Abrahamsen .... sound (uncredited)
Sean England .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Tom Lalley .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Dan Lipe .... cable person (uncredited)
James Marchione .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jason Hansen .... special effects assistant
John C. Hartigan .... special effects coordinator
Wayne Incorvaia .... special effects assistant
Eugene P. Rizzardi .... special effects assistant (as Gene Rizzardi)
Paul Sokol .... special effects assistant
Michael Thompson .... special effects assistant
Chris Walkowiak .... special effects assistant (as Christopher Walkowiak)
 
Visual Effects by
Jenny Behnke .... visual effects technical assistant: CFC/MVFX
John Bozzalla .... visual effects runner: CFC/MVFX
John Cassella .... 3D artist: CFC/MVFX (as John Cassella Jr.)
Robert Chapin .... 3D artist: CFC/MVFX
Nicolle Cornute .... paint/roto artist: CFC/MVFX
Matt Dessero .... visual effects compositor: CFC/MVFX
David Durham .... visual effects technical assistant: CFC/MVFX
Susan Evans .... paint/roto artist: CFC/MVFX
Donald Fly .... visual effects general manager: CFC/MVFX (as Don Fly)
Fortunato Frattasio .... visual effects compositor: CFC/MVFX
David Goldberg .... visual effects supervisor: CFC/MVFX
Nicolle Gray .... visual effects technical assistant: CFC/MVFX
Rob Hodgson .... visual effects supervisor: CFC/MVFX
Matt Magnolia .... visual effects editorial: CFC/MVFX
James M. McEwen .... visual effects gaffer: second unit (as James McEwen)
Sheldon Ramones .... visual effects technical assistant: CFC/MVFX
Tomme B. Stanley .... paint/roto artist: CFC/MVFX
Jonathan F. Styrlund .... visual effects producer: CFC/MVFX
Janet Yale .... visual effects producer: CFC/MVFX
Travis Baumann .... compositing artist (uncredited)
Paula Bonhomme .... visual effects coordinator: CFC/MVFX (uncredited)
Gregory Creaser .... digital timer: Pacific Title (uncredited)
Matt Linder .... digital artist (uncredited)
Olivier Sarda .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Phil Culotta .... utility stunts
Ben Scott .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Huston Beaumont .... rigging gaffer
Tom Boone .... grip
Lester Boykin .... electrician
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera
John Carney .... assistant chief lighting technician
James M. Cox .... chief lighting technician: second unit (as James Cox)
Ross Dunkerley .... electrician
John Emory .... grip
Paul Farley .... best boy grip: second unit
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip (as Carlos Gallardo)
Earl Gayer .... electrician
Mike Gentile .... second assistant camera: second unit
Ron Glenn .... grip
David Golia .... director of photography: second unit
Sergio Gutierrez .... dolly grip: second unit
Geoffrey Haley .... camera operator: video camera
Conrad W. Hall .... director of photography: second unit
Dean M. King .... best boy grip (as Dean King)
Gerald A. King .... rigging key grip (as Jerry King)
Kenny King .... key grip: second unit
John Lacy .... electrician
Ralph Merzbach .... 24 frame playback technician: second unit
David H. Neale .... electrician (as David Neale)
Thomas Noroian .... grip
Aaron Pazanti .... camera operator
Patrick G. Ralston .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit
David Riley .... first assistant camera: second unit
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Tom Stern .... chief lighting technician
Michael Thomas .... camera loader
Andrew Towne .... electrician (as Andy Towne)
Suzanne Trucks .... second assistant camera (as Suzanne M. Trucks)
Donald J. Vos .... best boy grip (as Don Vos)
Bill Young .... key grip
Richard Brooks Burton .... aerial first assistant camera (uncredited)
Kelly Diehl .... libra head technician (uncredited)
Rick Grover .... grip (uncredited)
Rick Harris .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Dana Kroeger .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Dana Kroeger .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Peter McAdams .... grip (uncredited)
Michael McCormack .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Daisuke Dice Miyake .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Robert J. Reilly .... production grip: second unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Raquel Osborne .... extras casting
Terri Taylor .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcy Grace Froehlich .... assistant costume designer (as Marcy Froehlich)
Lee Harris .... set costumer: second unit
Alix Hester .... set costumer
Hope Slepak .... costume supervisor (as Hope B. Slepak)
Sanford Slepak .... key costumer
Kanani Wolf .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Martin Cohen .... post-production executive
Vince Filippone .... assistant editor: avid
Pj Harling .... assistant editor: avid (as P.J. Harling)
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Larry Madaras .... first assistant editor
Lisa Marie Serra .... post-production coordinator
Jeffrey Skinner .... editorial production assistant
Tracey Wadmore-Smith .... first assistant editor
Kevin Du Toit .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Jordan Corngold .... assistant music editor
Joanie Diener .... music editor
Chris Douridas .... music supervisor
Tom Hardisty .... music recordist (as Tom Hardesty)
Todd Homme .... executive in charge of music
David Marquette .... music recordist
Leslie Morris .... music contractor
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Bill Bernstein .... musician: detuned mandolin (uncredited)
George Budd .... musician: processed bass flute and phonograph (uncredited)
Rick Cox .... musician: banjo ukelele and bass tin whistle (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician: mandola, appalachian dulcimer and lap steel guitar (uncredited)
Bruce Dukov .... musician: arpeggiated violin (uncredited)
Michael Fisher .... musician: tablas, lim-kim drums and bird calls (uncredited)
Steve Kujala .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Thomas Newman .... musician: piano/saxophone (uncredited)
Chas Smith .... musician: pedal steel guitar (uncredited)
Steve Tavaglione .... musician: flute and ewi (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jeff Couch .... driver
Ed Evans .... driver
Jim Johnson .... driver
Alan Kaminsky .... driver (as Al Kaminsky)
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator
Ronald Linxwiler .... driver (as Ron Linxwiler)
Randy Lovelady .... transportation captain
George R. Matejka .... driver
Hector Mendoza .... driver
Wayne Parviainen .... driver
Glen R. Polzel .... driver
Danny Routhicaux .... driver (as Daniel Routhieaux)
Paul Schwanke .... driver
Tyler Tennesen .... driver
Jon Thorgusen .... driver
David Trevino .... driver (as Dave Trevino)
Daniel Valenzuela .... driver
Bill Wolff .... driver
Prentis Woods .... driver
Mark Yacullo .... driver
Jeff Kidman .... transportation office manager (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paula Abdul .... choreographer
Newell Alexander .... adr voice
Christine Bonnem .... location manager
Susan Boyajian .... adr voice
Robert D. Brugger .... first aid (as Robert Brugger)
Dana Brunetti .... assistant: Mr. Spacey
Steven Buhai .... production assistant
Jennifer Carlson .... 24 frame video playback technician
Mitch Carter .... adr voice
Mark Cirillo .... adr voice
Robert Clotworthy .... adr voice
Tara B. Cook .... assistant: Mr. Mendes
David Cowgill .... adr voice
Stephen P. Del Prete .... production assistant
Maria DeVane .... post-production accountant
Moosie Drier .... adr voice
Ike Eisenmann .... adr voice (as Iake Eissinmann)
Yoshi Enoki Jr. .... assistant location manager
Holiday Freeman .... stand-in (as Marina Freeman)
Maurice 'Moe' Freeman .... production assistant (as Maurice Freeman)
Marilyn Giardino .... script supervisor: second unit (as Marilyn Giardino-Zyeh)
Jackie Gonneau .... adr voice
René González .... projectionist (as Rene Gonzales)
Joy A. Green .... animal handler
Victor A. Haddox .... assistant accountant (as Victor Haddox)
Anna E. Hayward .... production assistant
Chee Ho .... location assistant
Bridget Hoffman .... adr voice (as Bridgette Hoffman)
Jeff Jenofsky .... production assistant
Patricia S. Kingery .... assistant accountant (as Tricia Kingery)
Krissy Korn .... craft service: second unit (as Krissy C. Korn)
Michael Labog .... production assistant: second unit
Matthew Labyorteaux .... adr voice
David Linck .... unit publicist
Janet Lonsdale .... production accountant
Christina MacGregor .... adr voice
Nichole McWhorter .... stand-in
Pia Mehr .... studio teacher
Edie Mirman .... adr voice
Cindy Montoya-Picker .... assistant choreographer (as Cindy Picker)
Christie Moreau .... adr voice
Kim Mozingo .... assistant: Ms. Bening
Michael Musteric .... production assistant: second unit (as Michael J. Musteric)
Damon Preston .... stand-in
Ana Maria Quintana .... script supervisor
Mark Rabinowitz .... production assistant
Deborah Ricketts .... researcher
Debbie-Lynn Siegel .... payroll accountant (as Debbie Lynn Siegel)
Shannon Speaker .... assistant production coordinator
Kelly Stuart .... assistant: Mr. Cohen and Mr. Jinks
J. Ben Sykes .... production assistant
George L. Tarrant Jr. .... production assistant
Mike Torchia .... personal trainer: Mr. Spacey (as Michael Torchia)
Jim Turner .... production controller
Christa Vausbinder .... production coordinator
Matt Walker .... production secretary
Christian Walsh .... production assistant
Daniel J. Walsh .... stand-in
Gillian Martin Waterman .... production assistant
Charles Weaver .... craft service
Mike Welch .... assistant: Mr. Spacey
Tim Werle .... first aid
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... pilot: second unit
Chris Douridas .... voice (uncredited)
Jason Dudek .... production assistant (uncredited)
Casey Leveque .... advertising artist (uncredited)
Jeff Lovely .... location coordinator (uncredited)
Chris Miller .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Steven R. Molen .... production executive (uncredited)
Mike Piccirillo .... set production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Nicole Kidman .... special thanks
Pete Townshend .... special thanks
 
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Rated R for strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content
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122 min
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Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Austria:14 | Brazil:18 (DVD rating) | Brazil:16 (TV rating) | Brazil:14 (cinema rating) | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Colombia:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 | Finland:K-14 (original rating) | France:12 | Germany:12 (bw) (original rating) | Germany:16 (bw) (re-rating) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | India:A | Ireland:18 | Israel:PG | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 (original rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Poland:15 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #36807)

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Trivia:
The high school campus scenes, including the Spartanette dance sequence in the gymnasium, were shot at South High School in Torrance, California.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the beginning of the film, after Jane gets onto the car, Carolyn is waiting by the driver seat with her arm on the windscreen. As Lester approaches the car, she moves her hand up, but the following shot shows her hand unmoved.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jane Burnham:I need a father who's a role model, not some horny geek-boy who's gonna spray his shorts whenever I bring a girlfriend home from school. What a lame-o. Someone really should just put him out of his misery.
Ricky Fitts:Want me to kill him for you?
Jane Burnham:Yeah. Would you?
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185 out of 243 people found the following review useful.
One of my faves of the year...simply great., 5 November 1999

This movie was a joy to watch. I didn't know what to expect when I came into it. I had heard the buzz of the acting and the story, etc...but we've all heard that before and had been disappointed, but not so with this one.

Kevin Spacey plays this part to a "T". He is strong when it requires and meek when it is needed. His emotional rollercoaster ride is a trip to partake in. Annette Bening is marvelous as well. I think they both should be nominated.

The support cast is also spectacular. Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, and Mena Suvari all give great performances as the troubled "Teenagers" in the film. Of particular mention is Wes Bentley's performance, worthy of a supporting nomination as well.

This is a dramatic and funny tale of a man and his life in a state of turmoil and transition. When he happens to see a beautiful friend of his daughter's at a cheerleading exhibition, he is completely infatuated with her beauty. Using this as his inspiration, he attempts to change all aspects of his life. He confronts his marriage, his job, his ego, and his libido.

The music in this film is also very well chosen. There are moments when the music fits so perfectly with the scene that they meld together as one to present a perfect emotion.

The plot can get rather involved, but you will follow it endlessly to see where you go. I was simply involved, hook, line and sinker.

See this movie more than once, and skip some of the other movies out now that are dare I say, trash.

This should be on the top of many critic's lists this year and it is certainly on top of mine.

My Rating (1 - 10): 10

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