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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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Writer (WGA):
Alan Ball (written by)
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Release Date:
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 »
Won 5 Oscars. Another 117 wins & 82 nominations See more »
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Far and away the best film of the year See more (2731 total) »


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Rated R for strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content
122 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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This movie almost became the fourth film in Oscar history to win all top 5 awards. Others Being It happened one day, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), and the The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Annette Bening not winning best actress is the only one that stopped it from getting a clean sweep.See more »
Continuity: When Angela meets Lester for the second time (by the refrigerator) her head is touching the corner of the wall. In the reverse angle of Lester, her head is away from the wall (so the camera can see Lester).See more »
[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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95 out of 117 people found the following review useful.
Far and away the best film of the year, 14 December 1999
Author: Patrick N. Phillips (bootsy-4) from greenville, NC

What can I say, except that this film really knocked me on my keaster. I went in to the theater not knowing what to expect, but was pretty sure it would be worth the ticket price. Boy was I happy when I left. Not only was it worth the ticket, I paid to see this film two more times. This film is virtually perfect. The acting is superb, the story is magnificent, the narrative is brilliant, and the structure of the film is truly groundbreaking (absolutely loved the last 20 minutes). What really surprised me about this film was how well the cinematography was done. In a small, character driven film such as this, it is very unusual to have such great cinematography. With this film, there is something interesting going on in every scene, not many films you can say that about. In a year where first time directors have made some of the best films, Three Kings, Being John Malkovich, etc... Sam Mendes seems to have out-done them all. Though I have yet to see The Green Mile or Magnolia, I find it hard to believe that either film will out-shine American Beauty. This film should easily win a substantial amount of the Oscars this year. What's up with all the cirtics awards snubbing it so far?

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