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Adaptation. -- A lovelorn screenwriter turns to his less talented twin brother for help when his efforts to adapt a non-fiction book go nowhere.

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Release Date:
10 January 2003 (USA) See more »
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From the creator of Being John Malkovich, comes the story about the creator of Being John Malkovich. See more »
Plot:
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean for the screen. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 53 wins & 51 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Nicolas Cage ... Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman

Tilda Swinton ... Valerie Thomas

Meryl Streep ... Susan Orlean

Chris Cooper ... John Laroche

Jay Tavare ... Matthew Osceola
Litefoot ... Russell (as G. Paul Davis)

Roger Willie ... Randy

Jim Beaver ... Ranger Tony

Cara Seymour ... Amelia Kavan

Doug Jones ... Augustus Margary

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Ranger Steve Neely (scenes deleted)

Gary Farmer ... Buster Baxley

Peter Jason ... Defense Attorney

Gregory Itzin ... Prosecutor

Curtis Hanson ... Orlean's Husband
Agnes NaDene Baddoo ... Orlean Dinner Guest (as Agnes Badoo)
Paul Fortune ... Orlean Dinner Guest
Paul Jasmin ... Orlean Dinner Guest

Lisa Love ... Orlean Dinner Guest
Wendy Mogel ... Orlean Dinner Guest

David O. Russell ... Orlean Dinner Guest

Judy Greer ... Alice the Waitress

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Caroline Cunningham

Bob Stephenson ... David
Bob Yerkes ... Charles Darwin
Lynn Court ... Laroche's Dad
Roger E. Fanter ... Laroche's Uncle Jim

Sandra Lee Gimpel ... Laroche's Mom (as Sandra Gimpel)

Caron Colvett ... Laroche's Wife
Larry Krask ... EMT

Ron Livingston ... Marty Bowen

Brian Cox ... Robert McKee
John Etter ... McKee Lecture Attendee
Ray Berrios ... Police Officer

Nancy Lenehan ... Kaufman's Mother (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Orlean ... Woman in Supermarket (scenes deleted)

Lance Acord ... Himself (uncredited)
Brigitte Bogle ... Teenage Orlean (uncredited)
Ryan Bosch ... Partygoer (uncredited)

Curt Clendenin ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Tony Collucci ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
Lathan Crowe ... Orchid Vendor (uncredited)

John Cusack ... Himself (uncredited)

Donald Dowd ... Cafe Customer (uncredited)

Spike Jonze ... Himself (uncredited)

Catherine Keener ... Herself (uncredited)
Jake Magnuson ... Cafe Customer (uncredited)

John Malkovich ... Himself (uncredited)

Rheagan Wallace ... Kim Canetti (uncredited)
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Directed by
Spike Jonze 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Susan Orlean (book "The Orchid Thief")

Charlie Kaufman (screenplay) and
Donald Kaufman (screenplay)

Produced by
Jonathan Demme .... producer
Charlie Kaufman .... executive producer
Vincent Landay .... producer
Peter Saraf .... executive producer
Edward Saxon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
 
Cinematography by
Lance Acord (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eric Zumbrunnen 
 
Casting by
Justine Baddeley 
Kim Davis-Wagner 
 
Production Design by
K.K. Barrett 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Andrus 
 
Set Decoration by
Gene Serdena 
 
Costume Design by
Casey Storm 
 
Makeup Department
Lynn Barber .... makeup artist
Joseph Coscia .... hair stylist
Tony Gardner .... special makeup designer: Artist's Asylum
Isabel Harkins .... makeup artist
Joel Harlow .... makeup department head
Vance Hartwell .... special makeup effects artist
J. Roy Helland .... hair stylist: Meryl Streep
J. Roy Helland .... makeup artist: Meryl Streep
Jessica Huebner .... special makeup effects project manager: Artist's Asylum
Scott Malchus .... special makeup effects producer: Artist's Asylum
Roz Music .... hair department head
David E. Smith .... special makeup effects lead artist
Lilo Tauvao .... special makeup effects artist
Larry Waggoner .... hair stylist
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist (as Allen Weisenger)
Kevin Yagher .... prosthetic makeup artist: Mr. Cage
Jerry Constantine .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Carol F. Doran .... wig maker: Mr. Cage (uncredited)
Elvis Jones .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Jennifer Saeta .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Brandon Waggoner .... hair extension specialist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Maria K. Chavez .... production supervisor: second unit
Shoshana Horowitz .... production supervisor: second unit
Karen Koch .... unit production manager
Andrew J. Sacks .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Bradley .... second unit director
Brian O'Kelley .... second assistant director
David K. Riebel .... second assistant director: second unit (as Dave Riebel)
Nick Satriano .... first assistant director: second unit
Gregory J. Smith .... second second assistant director
Matthew D. Smith .... second assistant director: second unit
Thomas Patrick Smith .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jess Anscott .... stand-by greensperson
Lynn Christopher .... set designer
Peter Davidson .... set designer (as Peter R. Davidson)
Robert Davis .... labor foreman
James A. Fleming .... swing gang (as Jamie Fleming)
Chris Forster .... construction coordinator
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... property master
Christian Kastner .... on-set dresser
Michael Leblovic .... lead painter
Patti McNulty .... art department coordinator (as Patricia McNulty)
Bobby Pollard .... swing gang
Anders Rundblad .... construction foreman
Grant Samson .... leadman (as Grant D. Samson)
Christopher E. Schmid .... greensman
Porfirio Silva .... lead greensperson
David M. Steiner .... paint foreman (as David Steiner)
Chris Vail .... assistant property master (as Christopher Vail)
Bennett Andrews .... greens person (uncredited)
Peter Andrus .... art designer (uncredited)
Gregory Paul Austin .... propmaker (uncredited)
David Carberry .... painter (uncredited)
Jaime Castellanos .... greens person (uncredited)
Dan Crawley .... props (uncredited)
Sean D. Cussen .... construction medic (uncredited)
J. Michael Glynn .... swing gang (uncredited)
Caius Man .... propmaker (uncredited)
Michele Munoz .... buyer (uncredited)
Elizabeth Nagle .... greens person (uncredited)
Peter Ramsey .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Daron Smith .... property gang boss (uncredited)
Robert Steuer .... carpenter (uncredited)
Robert Stover .... buyer (uncredited)
Paul Walton .... painter (uncredited)
Dennis Young .... greens person (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Bach .... adr editor
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
David Franklin Bergad .... dialogue editor (as David Bergad)
David A. Cohen .... dialogue editor
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator
Mark Fay .... boom operator (as Mark W. Fay)
Bruno Frascà .... sound recordist
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
Jeremy Molod .... assistant sound editor
Everett Moore .... apprentice sound editor
Marnie Moore .... foley artist
Nick Peck .... foley mixer
Jory K. Prum .... foley recordist (as Jory Prum)
Mark Purcell .... sound recordist
Julia Shirar .... assistant sound editor
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer
Peter Staubli .... sound effects editor
William Storkson .... foley supervisor (as Bill Storkson)
David Abrahamsen .... sound (uncredited)
Christopher Barnett .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Mark DeSimone .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Joel Dougherty .... sound intern (uncredited)
Sean England .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Gabriel Guy .... sound mix assistant (uncredited)
Sean Landeros .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Derek Vanderhorst .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Mark Weber .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Paul Barnes .... lead moldmaker: Artist's Asylum
Gary D'Amico .... special effects coordinator
Conor McCullagh .... alligator puppeteer (as Connor McCullagh)
Paul Salamoff .... effects technician: Artist's Asylum
James Ferguson .... special makeup effects coordinator (uncredited)
Michael Gaspar .... special effects coordinator: second unit (uncredited)
Chris Jones .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Bryan Sides .... studio coordinator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John Allardice .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Richard Björlin .... visual effects producer: Digital Domain
Cris Blyth .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Shannan Burkley .... matte painter: Digital Domain
Jodi Campanaro .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
David Crawford .... digital compositor: Gray Matter FX
Jean-Marc Demmer .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Sean Devereaux .... visual effects compositor: Digital Domain
Leslie Ekker .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Domain
Paul Graff .... 2D artist: Gray Matter FX
Linda Henry .... digital compositor: Gray Natter FX
Kristin Johnson .... digital compositor: Gray Matter FX
Nikos Kalaitzidis .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Joan Kim .... compositor: bee sequence, Gray Matter FX
Kent Lidke .... lighting digital artist: bee sequence, Gray Matter FX
Margaux Mackay .... visual effects supervising producer: Gray Matter FX
Michael Maloney .... digital compositor: Gray Matter FX
Gray Marshall .... visual effects supervisor
Albert Mason .... digital producer: Gray Matter FX
Julien Meesters .... lead compositor: Digital Domain
Eileen O'Connor .... visual effects coordinator: Digital Domain
Christine Petrov .... digital compositor: Gray Matter FX
Robert Rowles .... rotoscope artist: Gray Matter FX (as George Rowles)
Randy Sharp .... digital artist: Digital Domain
Joe Stevenson .... motion control operator (as Joseph Stevenson)
Greg Teegarden .... digital compositor: Digital Domain
Dan Trezise .... digital compositor: Gray Matter FX
Ed Ulbrich .... visual effects executive producer: Digital Domain
Vernon R. Wilbert Jr. .... CG supervisor: Digital Domain
Abu Bekka .... modeler (uncredited)
David Cohen .... modeler (uncredited)
Chad E. Collier .... scanning and recording operator: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Molly Hansen .... visual effects business affairs (uncredited)
Tony Magaletta .... second assistant cameraman: underwater unit (uncredited)
Matt McFarland .... scan/record manager (uncredited)
Jerry Pao .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Dan Patterson .... data I/O operator: Digital Domain (uncredited)
Todd Sarsfield .... digital color grader (uncredited)
Tess Spaulding .... system administrator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Rick Barker .... stunts
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator
Chris Carnel .... stunt double: Chris Cooper
Julie Janney .... stunt double: Meryl Streep
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Norb Phillips .... stunts (as Norbert Phillips)
Darrin Prescott .... stunts
Scott Rogers .... stunts
Eddie Yansick .... stunt double: Nicolas Cage
Daniel W. Barringer .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Adler .... chief lighting technician (as Mike Adler)
Danny Anderson .... dolly grip (as Danny M. Anderson)
Nina Chien .... second assistant camera
Keith B. Davis .... first assistant camera: "b" camera: re-shoots
James Fealy .... director of photography: second unit
Jamie Felz .... first assistant camera
Jim Frohna .... gaffer: second unit
Alexander Griffiths .... second grip (as Pie Griffiths)
Zoli Hajdu .... dolly grip
Ben Kaller .... still photographer
Tommy Lohmann .... camera operator (as Thomas H. Lohmann)
Layna McAllister .... first assistant camera
Joseph Messier .... key grip: second unit
Gino Nix .... key grip
Mike Pickel .... video assist operator (as Hans Michael Pickel)
Paul Taylor .... Steadicam operator
Chris Weigand .... assistant chief lighting technician
Mark Williams .... first assistant camera (as Mark H. Williams)
Matthew W. Williams .... camera loader
Greg Brooks .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Buono .... time-lapse photographer (uncredited)
Joe Colangelo .... electrician (uncredited)
Jimmy Ellis .... electrician (uncredited)
Sam Griffin .... electrician (uncredited)
Marc Margulies .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Daniel P. Moore .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Daniel P. Moore .... video operator (uncredited)
Robert Oliva .... electrician (uncredited)
Toshiaki Ozawa .... camera operator (uncredited)
Rico Priem .... grip (uncredited)
Hopper Stone .... still photographer: re-shoots (uncredited)
Michael Vejar .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Beau Cameron .... CG character animator: bee sequence, Gray Matter FX
 
Casting Department
Cate Engel .... casting associate
Kelly Hunt .... extras casting
Rich King .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anita Louise Brown .... costumer (as Anita Brown)
Shari Gray .... wardrobe supervisor (as Shari D. Gray)
Stacy Horn .... wardrobe supervisor (as Stacy M. Horn)
Marina Marit .... costumer
Ann Roth .... costume designer: Meryl Streep
Debbie Travis .... costumer (as Deborah Travis)
 
Editorial Department
Nathan R. Fitzgerald .... assistant editor (as Nathan FitzGerald)
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Larry Law .... additional editor
Eric Osmond .... first assistant editor
Mark T. Osborne .... additional colorist (uncredited)
Curtis Schultz .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Tackaberry .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Corinne Villa .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Farrow .... music scoring mixer
Bryan Lawson .... assistant music editor
Sandra Park .... orchestra contractor
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor
Jason Stasium .... digital score recordist
Tony Finno .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Griff Ruggles .... transportation coordinator
Robbie Stinton .... transportation captain (as Robby Stinton)
Michael 'Crash' Anderson .... driver (uncredited)
Chris Basso .... driver (uncredited)
Carlos Bernal .... driver (uncredited)
Mike Buenfil .... driver (uncredited)
Mike J. Dawson .... driver (uncredited)
John Dixon .... driver: Nicolas Cage (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Bill Gay .... driver (uncredited)
Pablo Gonzalez .... driver (uncredited)
David Muntz .... driver (uncredited)
Kurt Schmeiderer .... driver (uncredited)
Gregg Videgain .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Anzhey Barantsevich .... accountant: Gray Matter FX
Kent James Stewart Barber .... assistant location manager
Michael Berry .... medic (as Michael R. Berry)
Gary Bevans .... production assistant
Jonilyn Bisset .... assistant production accountant (as Jonilyn Bissett)
Stephen Bures .... assistant: Nicolas Cage
Marc Coppola .... body double: Kaufman Twin
Marlena De Fabrizio .... production assistant
Amanda Farinos .... production assistant
Drew Hayes .... assistant production coordinator (as Andrew Hayes)
Julie Janney .... stand-in: Meryl Streep
Michael B. Johnson .... first assistant accountant: reshoots
Eric Jordan .... systems administrator: Gray Matter FX
Chiemi Karasawa .... script supervisor
Janette Kim .... production assistant
Marco Kyris .... stand-in: Nicolas Cage
Andy Lucksay .... production assistant
Michelle Madden .... researcher
Harris Mann .... body double: Kaufman Twin
Michael G. Maurer .... production assistant
Rob McEntegart .... executive vice president, business affairs: Intermedia Films
Geoff McFetridge .... title designer
Nathan Oliver .... production assistant
Andrew Ortner .... production secretary
Jonathan Paley .... stand-in: Chris Cooper
Krista Parris .... production associate
Joseph Patridge .... production assistant
Kevin Picket .... craft service (as Kevin Pickett)
Jennifer Porst .... assistant: Spike Jonze and Vincenzo Landay
Michelle Roderick .... set production assistant
Richard Schuler .... location manager (as Rick Schuler)
Howard Shur .... assistant: Spike Jonze and Vincenzo Landay
Emily Sklar .... assistant: Ms. Streep
Seve Spracklen .... production accountant
Rick C. Taplin .... production coordinator
Carson Turner .... assistant location manager
Emma Wilcockson .... production associate
Josue Aguilar .... set production assistant: Miami (uncredited)
Paul Aldane'e .... photo double (uncredited)
Frank Aragon .... location scout (uncredited)
Lance Bangs .... epk director (uncredited)
Sally Ann Brooks .... adr voice (uncredited)
David Charles .... production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Fitzgerald .... location assistant (uncredited)
Liza Gennatiempo .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Hanna .... caterer: Hanna Brothers Catering (uncredited)
Jean Hodges .... food stylist (uncredited)
Doug John .... intern (uncredited)
Marlene Marks .... payroll (uncredited)
Michelle Matland .... assistant: Ann Roth (uncredited)
Peter Moor .... assistant to actors (uncredited)
Christopher Neil .... rehearsal advisor (uncredited)
Jeffree Newman .... photo double: John Malkovich (uncredited)
Sam Spiegel .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Allan Staubach .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Torn .... textures & guitar (uncredited)
Mark Van Horne .... laboratory contact (uncredited)
Jenni Wieland .... second assistant production accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Francis Ford Coppola .... special thanks (as Francis)
Roman Coppola .... special thanks (as Roman)
Sofia Coppola .... special thanks (as Sofia)
John Cusack .... special thanks
Andy Jenkins .... special thanks
Donald Kaufman .... in loving memory
John Malkovich .... special thanks
John Ptak .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Adaptation" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, sexuality, some drug use and violent images
Runtime:
114 min | Turkey:81 min (TV version)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:L (video rating) | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (DVD rating) (cut) | Singapore:NC-16 (original rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Bern) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #38094)

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Trivia:
Based on writer Charlie Kaufman's struggle to adapt the best-selling book "The Orchid Thief". Kaufman quickly got into a writer's block, since the book lacked the dramatic structure needed for a movie. So he decided to write a screenplay about himself struggling to write a book adaptation, exaggerating many of the story elements and characters, and making up new ones (such as a non-existent twin brother). Knowing that the producers would reject the idea, he did not tell them about the new direction he was taking the story in, and simply handed in the finished script. Although this move was supported by Spike Jonze, Kaufman himself believed it would end his career (it didn't).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman talk about the serial killer in the script of "The 3" being a literature professor, Charles' hands are clasped. In the close shot of Donald with Charles in the foreground out of focus, his arms are folded.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Charlie Kaufman:[voiceover] Do I have an original thought in my head? My bald head. Maybe if I were happier, my hair wouldn't be falling out. Life is short. I need to make the most of it. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I'm a walking cliché. I really need to go to the doctor and have my leg checked...
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Soundtrack:
One Part LullabySee more »

FAQ

Is Donald Charlie's multiple personality?
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157 out of 204 people found the following review useful.
Could you be more Original?, 15 March 2003
Author: Kris Patmo from Amsterdam

Incredible.

Charlie Kaufman might just be the most genius screenwriter (I daren't say ever) at the moment. I mean, trying to adapt a book for a screenplay, not succeeding, yet in the process writing a screenplay about how you can't seem to adapt this book for a screenplay. Oh yeah, and also being helped by your not existing twin brother, and crediting him as co-writer, and being nominatad for an Oscar together with him.

Is anyone following this?

Kaufman seems to be the master of destroying the line between reality and fiction.

I kind of have a hard time saying anything about this movie, because I don't know what to say. You should just go and say it. There's nothing like it.

If you liked Being John Malkovic you wil definitely love this. If you hated BJM you might still like it. It doesn't have the absurdity and surreality of BJM. The story is just incredibly intelligently written.

Even though the movie is about how Kaufman is unable to adapt this book, he actually succeeds in doing just that in the process.

Jesus, I'm still totally stunned.

Jonze does do a very good job once again. But the direction is just outshined by the story...

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