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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.
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Craig Schwartz
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Lotte Schwartz
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Derek Mantini
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Father at Puppet Show
Madison Lanc ...
Daughter at Puppet Show
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Woman in Elevator (as Octavia L. Spencer)
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Floris
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Dr. Lester
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Maxine Lund
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Wendy
Byrne Piven ...
Captain Mertin
Judith Wetzell ...
Tiny Woman
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John Horatio Malkovich
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Cab Driver
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Guy in Restaurant
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First J.M. Inc. Customer
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Don (as Reggie Hayes)
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Charlie
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Sad Man in Line
Bill M. Ryusaki ...
Mr. Hiroshi
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Larry the Agent
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Johnson Heyward
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Malkovich's Mother
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Boy Malkovich
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Drunk at Bar
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Girl Creeped Out by Malkovich
Kelly Teacher ...
Emily
Jacqueline Benoît ...
Lester's Friend (as Jacqueline Benoit)
William Buck ...
Lester's Friend (as William N. Buck)
Christine D. Coleman ...
Lester's Friend
Jeanne Diehl ...
Lester's Friend
Audrey Gelfund ...
Lester's Friend (as Audrey Gelfand)
Yetta Ginsburg ...
Lester's Friend
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Lester's Friend
Roy C. Johnson ...
Lester's Friend
Eddie J. Low ...
Lester's Friend
Ralph W. Spaulding ...
Lester's Friend
David Wyler ...
Lester's Friend
Flori Wyler ...
Lester's Friend
Kevin Lee ...
Ballet Dancer
Marlowe Bassett ...
Ballet Dancer
Jennifer Canzoneri ...
Ballet Dancer
Kristie Cordle ...
Ballet Dancer
Denise Dabrowski ...
Ballet Dancer
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Ballet Dancer (as Kristin D'Andrea)
Charlene Grimsley ...
Ballet Dancer
Christine Krejer ...
Ballet Dancer
Erica Long ...
Ballet Dancer
Yvonne Montelius ...
Ballet Dancer
Jessica Neuberger ...
Ballet Dancer
Sara Rifkin ...
Ballet Dancer
Elizabeth Rivera ...
Ballet Dancer
Chelsa Sjostrom ...
Ballet Dancer
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Featured Character Voice (voice)
Jayne Hess ...
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Michelle Madden ...
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Greg O'Neill ...
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Bill Wittman ...
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Locker Room Bully (uncredited)
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Cab Driver (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Bartender (uncredited)
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Christopher Bing (uncredited)
Jester Hairston ...
Lester's Friend (uncredited)
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Himself at Awards Ceremony (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Willy Loman (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Victor Isaac ...
Student (uncredited)
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Derek Mantini's Assistant for Emily Dickinson Puppet (uncredited)
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Student Puppeteer (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited)
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Brad Pitt (uncredited)
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Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Austin (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Mr. Malkovich Sr. (uncredited)

Directed by

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Spike Jonze

Written by

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Charlie Kaufman ... (written by)

Produced by

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Steve Golin ... producer
Charlie Kaufman ... executive producer
Michael Kuhn ... executive producer
Vincent Landay ... producer
Sandy Stern ... producer
Michael Stipe ... producer

Music by

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Carter Burwell

Cinematography by

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Lance Acord ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Eric Zumbrunnen

Editorial Department

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Phillip J. Bartell ... assistant editor (as Philip Bartel)
Keith Brachmann ... first assistant editor
Joseph Butler ... apprentice editor
Joe Hutshing ... additional editor
Gloria Kaiser ... color timer
Glenn Kiser ... post-production executive
David Orr ... color timer
Theresa Repola Mohammed ... negative matcher
Stefan Sonnenfeld ... colorist: videotape
John M. Vitale ... assistant editor
Sara Hyoun ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Justine Arteta ... (as Justine Baddeley)
Kim Davis-Wagner

Production Design by

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K.K. Barrett

Art Direction by

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Peter Andrus

Set Decoration by

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Gene Serdena

Costume Design by

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Casey Storm

Makeup Department

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Lynn Barron ... makeup artist
David Cox ... additional hair stylist
Pinky Cunningham ... wig maker
Debra L. Ferullo ... makeup artist
Lori Guidroz ... hair stylist (as Lori Guidrez)
Emanuel Millar ... hair designer
John Vulich ... special makeup effects artist
Gucci Westman ... head makeup artist
Victoria Wood ... wig maker
David Beneke ... dental prosthetics (uncredited)
Thomas Floutz ... special makeup effects artist: crew (uncredited)
Rob Hinderstein ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Matthew Jorgensen ... special effects makeup artist: Optic Nerve Studios (uncredited)

Production Management

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Tim Clawson ... executive in charge of production / unit production manager
Gilly Ruben ... production supervisor
Linda Shamest ... post-production supervisor (as Linda Rae Shamest)
Sean Wimmer ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mark S. Constance ... second assistant director
Melinda Johnson ... dga trainee
Thomas Patrick Smith ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Fanée Aaron ... set designer
Robert W. Anderson ... set dresser (as Robert Anderson)
Jess Anscott ... greens foreman
Elisa Bussetti ... set designer
Allan Davis ... set dresser
Brian Derfer ... set dresser
James A. Fleming ... set dresser
Chris Forster ... construction coordinator (as Christopher Forster)
Scott Head ... propmaker foreman
Ramiro Hernandez ... propmaker
Philip C. Hurst ... greens
Andy Jenkins ... graphic illustrator
Chiaki Kanda ... art department production assistant
Ritchie Kremer ... property master
Diana Kunce ... sculptor: ballet set sculptures
Michael Leblovic ... charge painter
Christopher Lee ... propmaker
Chantz McCall ... propmaker
Alistair Milne ... illustrator
Jose G. Morales ... construction laborer
Elizabeth Nagle ... greens
Ron Patterson ... assistant props
Bobby Pollard ... set dresser
Tom Price ... construction laborer
Nicholas Radell ... propmaker
Peter Ramsey ... storyboard artist
Gary Rizzo ... leadman
Anders Rundblad ... propmaker
Martin Russell ... propmaker
Grant Samson ... on-set dresser (as Grant D. Samson)
Andrew Schultz ... propmaker
Kelly Schultz ... props assistant
Abigail Sheiner ... art department coordinator
Rick Staves ... set dresser
David M. Steiner ... paint foreman
Sloane U'Ren ... set designer
Jamie Upham ... construction foreman
Scott Williston ... set painter
Dennis Young ... greens
Karen Agresti ... buyer (uncredited)
Edward Tamayo ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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David W. Alstadter ... foley mixer (as David Alstadter)
Richard L. Anderson ... supervising sound editor (as Richard Anderson)
Victoria Bowes ... utility sound technician (as Victoria Thoma-Bowes)
Forrest Brakeman ... production sound mixer
Joseph A. Brennan ... sound engineer (as Joe Brennan)
Mark Coffey ... sound transfer
John T. Cucci ... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Malcolm Fife ... special sound designer: Mit Out Sound
Jack Ford ... sound engineering support
Gary Gegan ... re-recording mixer
Matthew Iadarola ... re-recording mixer
Robin Johnston ... stage recordist
Ren Klyce ... special sound designer: Mit Out Sound
Elliott Koretz ... supervising sound editor
Kevin Kubota ... utility sound technician
B.J. Lehn ... additional sound mixer (as B.J. Lehn Jr.)
Linda Lew ... foley recordist
Mark Lindauer ... sound engineering support
Dan O'Connell ... foley artist
Nick Peck ... special sound designer: Mit Out Sound
Curt Schulkey ... supervising dialogue editor (as Curt Shulkey)
Debbie Spinelli ... boom operator
Ralph Stuart ... assistant sound editor
Marvin Walowitz ... sound effects editor
Robert Zubia ... stage recordist
David Abrahamsen ... sound (uncredited)
Rick Mitchell ... foley editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Ryan Arndt ... special effects technician
John E. Gray ... special effects coordinator (as John Gray)
John Ziegler ... special effects foreman
Jason Barnett ... special effects: Malkovich masks (uncredited)
Ben Chester ... special effects costumes (uncredited)
Damian Fisher ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Karin Hanson ... special effects hair (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Mike Davis ... digital compositor: View Studio
Bob Engelsiepen ... supervising digital compositor: View Studio
Lori Freitag-Hild ... flame artist: Gray Matter FX
Bryan Grill ... flame artist: Gray Matter FX
Margaux Mackay ... visual effects producer: Gray Matter FX
Gray Marshall ... compositor: Gray Matter FX / visual effects supervisor: Gray Matter FX
Daniel Radford ... visual effects supervisor
Howard Shur ... digital still compositor: View Studio
Robert Small ... 3d animator: Gray Matter FX
Scott Suess ... digital compositor: View Studio
Sly West ... scan record coordinator
Floyd Burks ... digital scanning and recording: Cinesite (uncredited)
Jason Dost ... digital recording operator (uncredited)
Adam Francis ... motion control technician (uncredited)
Anthony Mabin ... flame artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Dan Bradley ... stunt coordinator
Eric Chambers ... stunt performer
Jani D. Davis ... stunt performer (as Jani Davis) / stunts
Bob Elmore ... stunt performer
Ray Lykins ... stunt performer
Grant Mathis ... stunt double: Mr. Malkovich
Bobby Ore ... stunt performer
Darrin Prescott ... stunt rigger
Scott Rogers ... stunt performer
Cris Thomas-Palomino ... stunt performer (as Cris Palomino)
Lee Waddell ... stunt performer
Alexa Sheehan ... stunt double: John Malkovich (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Samantha Bahramian ... electrician (as Samantha N. Bahramian)
David Burroughs ... gaffer
Brent Bye ... rigging gaffer
Joseph P. Clem ... electrician (as Joe Clem)
Sal Coniglio ... first assistant camera (as Salvatore Coniglio)
Jim Fealy ... additional photographer
Kirk R. Gardner ... steadicam operator (as Kirk Gardner)
David González ... key rigging grip
Jack M. Guberman ... electrician
Peter Gulla ... camera operator: "a" camera
Dan Hofstad ... lighting technician: day player
Doug Houston ... electrician
Ben Kaller ... camera production assistant
Ken Longballa ... electrician
Mark Marchetti ... best boy electric
Keith A. Markham ... best boy grip (as Keith Markham)
Michael McGarry ... grip (as Mike McGarry)
Joseph Messier ... dolly grip
Melissa Moseley ... still photographer
Anthony G. Nakonechnyj ... additional camera operator (as Tony Nakonechnyj)
Gino Nix ... key grip
Caitlin Phillips ... camera loader
Laura Mae Sutherland-Bobick ... second assistant camera (as Laura Mae Bobick)
Erik Wolford ... grip
James Frederick ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Dan Moore ... video operator: additional photography (uncredited)
Paul Taylor ... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Jimi Udel ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Victor Isaac ... extras casting assistant
Cecily Jordan ... extras casting (as Cecily T. Jordan)
Michelle Madden ... casting associate / casting researcher
Terri Douglas ... adr voice casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Anita Louise Brown ... set costumer (as Anita Brown)
Shari Gray ... wardrobe supervisor
Marina Marit ... set costumer
David Wallace ... tailor

Location Management

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Kent James Stewart Barber ... assistant location manager
Paul Hargrave ... executive location manager
Greg Lazzaro ... location manager

Music Department

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Carter Burwell ... conductor / orchestrator
Michael Farrow ... music scoring engineer
Sandra Park ... music contractor
Dean Parker ... music copyist
Adam Milo Smalley ... music editor (as Adam Smalley)
Dawn Soler ... music supervisor (as Dawn Solér)
John Beal ... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Tony Finno ... music preparation (uncredited)
Christoph von Dohnányi ... conductor: Bartok excerpt (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Michael 'Crash' Anderson ... driver (as Michael Anderson)
Greg Bauer ... driver
Andrew Broomhead ... driver
Jesse Cartwright ... driver
Krister C. Johnson ... transportation co-captain (as Krister Johnson)
Paul Jones ... driver
Donald B. Martin ... driver (as Don Martin)
Morgan McGuinness ... driver
Antonio Molina ... transportation coordinator
Sean J. Moore ... driver
Luis Mussenden ... driver
Griff Ruggles ... transportation captain
John Simanovich ... driver
Michael Jon Sparks ... driver
Gregg Videgain ... driver (as Buster Videgain)
Sarah Voigt ... driver
Rick Womelduff ... driver

Other crew

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Paul Abraham ... craft service
David Alexander ... additional puppeteer
Wendy Altman-Cohen ... Principal Eyewear
Gina Amoroso ... associate: Mr. Golin
Lee Armstrong ... additional puppeteer
Lance Bangs ... behind-the-scenes documentarian
Michael Berry ... set medic
Rosemary Bock ... marionette construction: Images in Motion
David Boyle ... Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs: Propaganda Films
Michael Brosilow ... photo supplier
Nancy Burch ... computer supplier: Intergraph Corporation
Paul Cafferty ... post-production accountant
Barbara Calloway ... payroll accountant (as Barbara D. Calloway)
Shannon Clark ... associate: Mr. Malkovich
Luman Coad ... additional puppeteer (as Luman R. Coad)
Lisa Croisette ... stand-in: Ms. Diaz
Nour Dardari ... production accountant
Anne Devereux ... associate: Mr. Cusack
Matt DiFranco ... assistant production coordinator (as Matt Difranco)
Colleen Dina ... set intern
Ned Doyle ... second assistant director: additional photography
Shawn Driscoll ... stand-in: Mr. Cusack
Lisa Ebright ... photo supplier
Joe Everett ... unit publicist
William P. Ferguson ... marionette construction: Images in Motion
John R. Fifer ... puppet maker: ballet Craig (as John Fifer)
Mike Freedman ... security officer
Lawrence Garcia ... associate: Spike
Will Gatlin ... craft service (as Will Roy Gatlin Jr.)
Karen Ruth Getchell ... production coordinator
Susan Giordano ... first assistant accountant (as Susan L. Giordano)
Barbara Gordon ... animal trainer
Paul Green ... legal counsel
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders ... photo supplier
Brett Greenstein ... associate: Mr. Golin
Lynn Gustafson ... marionette construction: Images in Motion
Larry Gutherie ... stand-in: Mr. Bean
Sharon Hartman ... marionette construction: Images in Motion
Wendy Horton ... animal trainer
Phillip Huber ... puppeteer
Andy Jenkins ... title designer
Kathi Kelly ... office intern
Brigitte Lacombe ... photo supplier
Carol Lille ... head animal trainer
Greg Lille ... animal coordinator: Goin' Ape
Maxine Mahon ... choreographer: ballerina, California Ballet
Becky Malkovich ... photo supplier
Joe Anne Malkovich ... photo supplier
Tony Maxwell ... choreographer
David Mesa ... security officer
Timothy K. Miller ... additional puppeteer
Eric Miracle ... computer supplier: Intergraph Corporation
Hilary Momberger-Powers ... script supervisor (as Hilary Momberger)
Smriti Mundhra ... production secretary
Mary Hildebrand Nagler ... marionette construction: Images in Motion
Susan Nickerson ... research and clearance
Charley Pavlosky ... stand-in: Mr. Malkovich
Victoria Pellman ... office intern
Chrissy Phelan ... set production assistant
Kamela Portuges ... additional puppeteer (as Kamela B. Portuges) / marionette designer (as Kamela B. Portuges)
Jennifer Pyper ... associate: Vincenzo
Betty Radice ... translator: The Letters of Abelard and Heloise
Jennifer Reiss ... set production assistant
Joel A. Resendiz ... caterer
Misha Rudolph ... office production assistant
Sunaina Sharma ... set intern
Gregory J. Smith ... key set production assistant (as Gregory Smith)
Victor Solorzano ... caterer
Sam Spiegel ... set production assistant
Jo Anne Swartz ... post-production accountant
Eric Vignando ... caterer
Christopher Vitale ... office production assistant
Lisa Marie Wilkinson ... stand-in: Ms. Keener
Diane Wooldridge ... marionette construction: Images in Motion
Farley Ziegler ... creative executive: Single Cell
Cristiana Caimmi ... publicist (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman ... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Christopher Neil ... rehearsal advisor (uncredited)
Lowell Northrop ... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Sellers ... production assistant: second unit, New York (uncredited)
Shea Vargé ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Leanne Amos ... thanks
Susan Applegate ... thanks
Andrea Borrero ... thanks
Adam Budzins ... thanks
Tom Burrows ... thanks
Andy Dick ... acknowledgment
Stephen Dickstein ... thanks
Jon Timothy Evans ... thanks
Dan Field ... thanks
David Fincher ... thanks (as Fincher)
Ray Gillon ... thanks
Philip Glass ... acknowledgment
Jon Graff ... thanks
Isaac Hanson ... acknowledgment (as Hanson)
Taylor Hanson ... acknowledgment (as Hanson)
Zac Hanson ... acknowledgment (as Hanson)
Steve Harrow ... thanks
Paul Hastings ... thanks
Evan Hecox ... thanks
Dustin Hoffman ... acknowledgment
Greg Kozikowski ... thanks
Carolyn Kulett ... thanks
Alain Lévy ... thanks
Geoff McFetridge ... thanks
Patrick O'Neill ... thanks
Sean Penn ... acknowledgment
Michelle Pfeiffer ... acknowledgment
Brad Pitt ... acknowledgment
Deannie Pruss ... thanks
Daniel Radford ... in memory of
John Ross ... thanks
Nancy Ross ... thanks
David O. Russell ... thanks (as D. Russell)
Robin Ruzan ... thanks
Winona Ryder ... acknowledgment
Greg Shewchuk ... thanks
Gary Sinise ... acknowledgment
Jim Tauber ... thanks
Mark Van Horne ... thanks (as Mark Van Horn)
Sly West ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 portal if only because he is attracted to her, thinks that it is a money making opportunity in selling trips into Malkovich's mind after office hours for $200 a visit. Craig, Lotte and Maxine begin to understand that anyone entering the portal has the ability to control Malkovich's mind, which also alters his entire being. This experience makes Maxine fall in love with a composite. This ability to control Malkovich's mind begs the question of the ultimate psychedelic trip for Malkovich himself, who begins to feel that something is not right in the world as he knows it. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Ever wanted to be someone else? Now you can. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Dans la peau de John Malkovich (France)
  • Cómo ser John Malkovich (Spain)
  • A John Malkovich menet (Hungary)
  • Queres Ser John Malkovich? (Portugal)
  • Да бъдеш Джон Малкович (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Budget $13,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $637,721, 31 Oct 1999

Did You Know?

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Trivia The scene when a can is thrown at John Malkovich's head is real. Malkovich has described how Spike Jonze wanted to cut it due to running late that night, expecting that no one would be able to hit him on the head with a half-full can of beer from a passing car, when about 70 or 80 sets of hands shot up on the crew saying that they would like to try. Eventually the task fell to John Cusack's writing partner and he nailed it on the first try. See more »
Goofs When Malkovich and Maxine are on his couch, the shoulder strap of her dress moves back and forth between resting on her shoulder or falling off her shoulder, depending on the camera angle. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from 1998 MTV Video Music Awards (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Allegro, from Music for Strings See more »
Crazy Credits at the end of the cast listing is noted ...and John Malkovich See more »
Quotes Waiter: Malkovich?
John Malkovich: MALKOVICH!
Waiter: Malkovich.
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