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Pleasantville (1998)

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Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom, where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

Director:

Gary Ross

Writer:

Gary Ross
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William H. Macy ... George
Joan Allen ... Betty
Natalie Ramsey ... Mary Sue
Kevin Connors ... Bud
Jeff Daniels ... Mr. Johnson
Tobey Maguire ... David
Heather McGill Heather McGill ... Girl in School Yard
Paul Morgan Stetler ... College Counselor
Denise Dowse ... Health Teacher
McNally Sagal ... Science Teacher
Jane Kaczmarek ... David's Mom
Giuseppe Andrews ... Howard
Reese Witherspoon ... Jennifer
Marissa Ribisi ... Kimmy
Jenny Lewis ... Christin
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Storyline

David Wagner is a kid whose mind is stuck in the 1950s. He's addicted to a classic 50's sitcom television show called "Pleasantville". Pleasantville is a simple place, a place where all of its citizens are swell and simple-minded folks, a place where the word "violence", and life outside of Pleasantville, is unbeknownst to its inhabitants; things are perfect down in Pleasantville. One evening, the life of David and his obnoxious sister Jennifer take a bizarre turn when an eccentric repairman hand them a supposed magical remote. After a quarrel between the siblings, they inexplicably zap themselves into the world of "Pleasantville". Now, David and Jennifer must adjust to a 50s lifestyle of repressed desires and considerably different societal values while trying to find their way home. Written by Kyle Perez

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Pleasantville - It's Just Around the Corner See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements emphasizing sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

During the publicity campaign surrounding the film's release, there was a contest for a trip to Pleasantville, Iowa (the smallest Pleasantville in the United States). See more »

Goofs

When Betty takes her bath she turns on both taps equally full. This will not produce even mildly warm water to bathe in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[David is gazing admiringly at a pretty blonde girl]
David: *Hi*
[chuckles]
David: I mean, Hi. Uh, look, you probably don't think I should be asking you this. I mean, not knowing you well and all? I mean, you know, I, I, I know you, 'cause everybody knows you. I just don't know you technically. Uh, anyhow. Uh, I don't know what you're doing this weekend, but my mom's leaving town, and she's letting me borrow the car.
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Crazy Credits

The New Line logo plays in complete silence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in After Lately: A-list BFF (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Written by Lloyd Price
Performed by Larry E Wiliams
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It ain't Citizen Kane...
25 January 2019 | by robbscott-1See all my reviews

...nor is it The Bicycle Thief, Casablanca, or Taxi Driver. But it's a damn nice modern take on Capra.

The reviewers here that're trashing this film are completely missing the point - they either know nothing about film, or way too much. It's a fable, folks, and if there's lapses in logic or some smarmy moments, well, deal with it. It's a marvelous, well constructed flick and an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours.

There's no blood, or explosions. A bit of sex, but nothing gratuitous and it's essential to the plot. Cue up a copy and prepare to smile.

It's keen...!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pleasantville See more »

Filming Locations:

Petaluma, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,855,063, 25 October 1998

Gross USA:

$40,584,421

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,805,462
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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