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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

The puppets in the film were created by Kamela Portuges and Images in Motion. Phillip Huber animated the puppets. See more »

Goofs

When Lotte is chasing Maxine through Malkovich's subconscious, as Maxine drops into the school bus section you can clearly see someone's hand holding her skirt so she doesn't fall into the bus. 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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Referenced in Being Dom Joly (2001) See more »

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Amphibian
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Performed by Björk
Produced by Björk, Valgeir Sigurðsson & Mark Bell
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Wildly Imaginative Surreal Masterwork That Pushes The Limits Of Storytelling
11 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Charlie Kaufman (script) and Spike Jonze (director) burst on the scene together with their collaboration on this crazy masterpiece. 'Being John Malkovich' pushes the limits of storytelling; this wildly imaginative film shows that even the most surreal storyline can still be made entertaining if a filmmaker doesn't care about conventions and knows just what the medium is capable of. Perhaps the most original release in a year that had several very original releases ('Fight Club' and 'The Matrix' were both also released in '99), the film's playful creative energy had an effect on screenwriters, directors, actors and producers that can hardly be overstated. There had simply never been anything like it - and one only has to look at a contemporary TV show like 'Legion' to see what a mark this film left. Groundbreaking and simply inspired. 9 stars out of 10.

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