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Being John Malkovich (1999)

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A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 48 wins & 75 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Craig Schwartz
... Lotte Schwartz
... Derek Mantini
... Father at Puppet Show
Madison Lanc ... Daughter at Puppet Show
... Woman in Elevator (as Octavia L. Spencer)
... Floris
... Dr. Lester
... Maxine Lund
... Wendy
Byrne Piven ... Captain Mertin
Judith Wetzell ... Tiny Woman
... John Horatio Malkovich
... Cab Driver
... Guy in Restaurant
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Storyline

Puppeteer Craig Schwartz and animal lover and pet store clerk Lotte Schwartz are just going through the motions of their marriage. Despite not being able to earn a living solely through puppeteering, Craig loves his profession as it allows him to inhabit the skin of others. He begins to take the ability to inhabit the skin of others to the next level when he is forced to take a job as a file clerk for the off-kilter LesterCorp, located on the five-foot tall 7½ floor of a Manhattan office building. Behind one of the filing cabinets in his work area, Craig finds a hidden door which he learns is a portal into the mind of John Malkovich, the visit through the portal which lasts fifteen minutes after which the person is spit into a ditch next to the New Jersey Turnpike. Craig is fascinated by the meaning of life associated with this finding. Lotte's trips through the portal make her evaluate her own self. And the confident Maxine Lund, one of Craig's co-workers who he tells about the ... Written by Huggo

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Be All That Someone Else Can Be See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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3 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Biti John Malkovich  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$637,721, 31 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,858,926, 7 May 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charlie Sheen was in rehab when he heard about fledgling filmmaker Spike Jonze's eagerness to cast him in this, his feature directorial debut. Sheen accepted the role without initially reading the script. See more »

Goofs

When Craig and Dr. Lester sit together on the office windowsill to have a conversation, the shadow of a boom mic is visible on the window frame between them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lotte Schwartz: Craig, honey, it's time for bed.
[fade out and in]
Orrin Hatch the bird: Craig, honey, time to get up, Craig, honey, time to get up, Craig, honey, time to get up, Craig, honey, time to get up,
Craig Schwartz: Lotte...
Lotte Schwartz: I'm sorry. I didn't know Orrin Hatch was out of his cage.
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at the end of the cast listing is noted ...and John Malkovich See more »

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References Carny (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Documentary Music
Written by Les Hooper
Performed by Les Hooper
Courtesy of Hooperman Music
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A brilliantly original dark comedy.
20 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

The most original film to come out in ages! A film that has "one-joke premise" written all over it, but this film has about four dozen good jokes, each one brilliantly conceived and executed. Acted to perfection, beautifully written, directed by the insanely original and wild Spike Jonze, this is a great great film.


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