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American Beauty

Author: Sam MendesAlan BallBruce CohenDan JinksKevin SpaceyAll authors
Publisher: Universal City, CA : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, [2000]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Awards editionView all editions and formats
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An emotionally & spiritually comatose suburban man decides "to hell with it all" and reverts to living as he did when he was happiest--as a carefree teenager. His desperately uptight wife and sullen daughter can only look on as he quits his corporate job to become a burger flipper, starts getting high with a strange new neighbor (whose parents are even stranger) and lusts after a pouty blonde teenager--his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videos (DVD)
Feature films
Drama
Fiction films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Mendes; Alan Ball; Bruce Cohen; Dan Jinks; Kevin Spacey; Annette Bening; Thora Birch; Mena Suvari; Wes Bentley; Chris Cooper; Jinks/Cohen Company,; Dreamworks Pictures,; DreamWorks Home Entertainment (Firm),
ISBN: 0783241232 9780783241234
OCLC Number: 45176850
Language Note: English language soundtrack (DTS 5.1 surround, Dolby surround or Dolby digital 5.1 surround); closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.
Notes: Originally released as motion picture in 1999.
"Some Paramount titles also distributed by Warner Home Video."
Bonus features: American beauty: look closer ... a behind the scenes featurette ; film commentary with director Sam Mendes and writer Alan Ball ; storyboard presentation with commentary by Sam Mendes and director of photography, Conrad L. Hall ; cast and crew biographies ; two theatrical trailers ; production notes ; plus additional DVD-ROM features.
Credits: Director of photography, Conrad L. Hall ; costume design, Julie Weiss ; production designer, Naomi Shohan ; editors, Tariq Anwar, Christopher Greenbury ; music, Thomas Newman ; co-producers, Alan Ball, Stan Wlodkowski.
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards.
Awards: Academy Awards: Best actor (Spacey), Best picture, Best director, Best cinematography, Best original screenplay, 2000
Target Audience: MPAA rating: R.
Description: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, widescreen format (aspect ratio: 2.35:1).
Contents: Bonus features: Behind the scenes featurette ; audio commentary with director Sam Mendes and writer Alan Ball ; storyboard presentation with commentary by Sam Mendes and director of photography, Conrad L. Hall ; two theatrical trailers.
Other Titles: American beauty (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Dreamworks Pictures presents ; directed by Sam Mendes ; written by Alan Ball ; produced by Bruce Cohen & Dan Jinks ; a Jinks/Cohen Company production.

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An emotionally & spiritually comatose suburban man decides "to hell with it all" and reverts to living as he did when he was happiest--as a carefree teenager. His desperately uptight wife and sullen daughter can only look on as he quits his corporate job to become a burger flipper, starts getting high with a strange new neighbor (whose parents are even stranger) and lusts after a pouty blonde teenager--his daughter's best friend.

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