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Being John Malkovich
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Spike Jonze


Original is far too understated a term to describe this picture, brought to you by the surreal, twisted minds of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and actor-director Jonze. The story concerns a puppeteer, Craig Schwartz (John Cusack), who discovers his office has a secret portal that leads directly into the brain of one of America's most popular actors, John Malkovich (Malkovich himself, in a hilariously self-mocking appearance). When the journey ends fifteen minutes later, the participant is spewed onto the side of the New Jersey Turnpike. Schwartz uses his discovery as a way to get closer to fellow co-worker Maxine (the always sexy Catherine Keener). Together, the pair form JM, INC., which allows ordinary citizens to join in on the fun for $200 a pop. But when Craig's wife Lotte (a homely Cameron Diaz), as Malkovich, is seduced by Maxine, things begin to unfurl at an even more outrageous pace. Sound confusing? Thanks to Spike Jonze's grounded direction, it isn't. The result is one of the decade's most original films.

Film Info

RUNTIME - 112 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1999

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

LANGUAGE - English

ATTRIBUTES - Full-Frame

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

DVD Features:

Region 1

Keep Case

Single Side - Dual Layer

Full Frame - 1.33

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Director

Spike Jonze

Producer

Michael Stipe

Producer

Steve Golin

Producer

Vincent Landay

Producer

Sandy Stern

Screenwriter

Charlie Kaufman

Star(s)

Cameron Diaz

Star(s)

Mary Kay Place

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Press

"...Devilishly inventive....Spike Jonze and scripter Charlie Kaufman take outlandishness to dizzying heights, and the ideas never let up..."

- David Rooney, Variety

Ranked #3 in Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Movies of 1999" -- "...A blast of pure oxygen....This movie of constant astonishments will make you laugh hard and long..."

- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

 

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