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Encyclopedia > American Beauty (film)
American Beauty
Directed by Sam Mendes
Produced by Bruce Cohen
Dan Jinks
Written by Alan Ball
Starring Kevin Spacey
Annette Bening
Thora Birch
Wes Bentley
Mena Suvari
Chris Cooper
Peter Gallagher
Allison Janney
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
Editing by Tariq Anwar
Christopher Greenbury
Distributed by DreamWorks
Release date(s) Flag of the United States September 8, 1999 (première)
Flag of the United States September 15, 1999 (limited release)
Flag of the United States October 1, 1999 (wide release)
Flag of the United Kingdom February 4, 2000 (wide release)
Flag of Australia February 4, 2000 (wide release)
Running time 122 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)[1]
Gross revenue $356,296,601
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American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of romantic and paternal love, freedom, sexuality, beauty, self-liberation, existentialism, the search for happiness, and family against the backdrop of modern American suburbia. The film was the screen debut for writer Alan Ball and director Sam Mendes and starred Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening; all four were nominated for Oscars. In 2000 it won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. American Beauty movie poster. ... Sam Mendes Samuel Alexander Mendes, CBE (born August 1, 1965) is an English stage and film director born in Reading, Berkshire, England. ... Bruce Cohen is the Academy Award winning director of American Beauty. ... Dan Jinks works with Bruce Cohen in Jinks/Cohen Productions, currently based at DreamWorks. ... 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Cregg on the American television series The West Wing and of Prudy on the 2007 film adaption of the musical Hairspray . ... Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. ... Conrad L. Hall (June 21, 1926 - January 4, 2003) was a top-billed Hollywood cinematographer. ... Tariq Anwar (born January 16, 1951 is the general secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party of India. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the film studio. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... 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Sam Mendes Samuel Alexander Mendes, CBE (born August 1, 1965) is an English stage and film director born in Reading, Berkshire, England. ... Kevin Spacey (born July 26, 1959) is an Academy Award-winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ... Annette Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The 72nd Academy Awards ceremony (also known as Oscars 2000) took place at Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, and was Billy Crystals seventh time hosting the Awards. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ...

Contents

Plot summary

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a 42-year-old man living in the suburbs, and working a boring job in advertising. His wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) is an ambitious realtor; his rebellious and confused daughter Jane (Thora Birch) is an average teenager, unhappy with her physical appearance and harboring resentment for her father because of the lack of attention he shows her. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Kevin Spacey (born July 26, 1959) is an Academy Award-winning American actor (film and stage) and director. ... Annette Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress. ... A real estate broker is a party who acts as an intermediary between sellers and buyers of real estate and attempts to find sellers who wish to sell and buyers who wish to buy. ... Thora Birch (born March 11, 1982) is an American actress. ...


Dissatisfied with his nondescript life and sexually frustrated by his wife, Lester finds motivation for transforming himself after meeting Angela Hayes (Mena Suvari), Jane's best friend and classmate. Angela, a beautiful, confident, and supposedly promiscuous cheerleader who aspires to be a model, captivates Lester the moment he sees her perform a school dance routine, and he develops an obvious crush on her, much to Jane's embarrassment. Angela, however, finds Lester "sweet" and later comments to Jane that if he were more muscular, she would have sex with him, which Lester overhears. He starts an intensive workout regimen. Mena Adrienne Suvari (born February 9, 1979) is an American actress. ... “Promiscuous” redirects here. ... Cheerleading is recreational activity and sometimes competitive sport involving organised routines including elements of dance and gymnastics to encourage crowds to cheer on sports teams. ... A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Look up Limerence in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Meanwhile, Colonel Frank Fitts, USMC (Chris Cooper), his emotionally-detached wife Barbara (Allison Janney), and their introspective, drug-dealing son Ricky (Wes Bentley) move next door to the Burnhams. Frank is militaristic, conservative, and openly anti-gay. Jane begins to notice Ricky videotaping her through her bedroom window, which secretly flatters her. United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... Christopher W. Cooper (born July 9, 1951) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor. ... Allison Brooks Janney (born November 19, 1959) is an Emmy-winning American actress, perhaps best known for her portrayal of C. J. Cregg on the American television series The West Wing and of Prudy on the 2007 film adaption of the musical Hairspray . ... Wesley Cook Bentley (born September 4, 1978 in Jonesboro, Arkansas) is an American film actor. ...


Carolyn begins an extramarital affair with rival realtor Buddy Kane (Peter Gallagher), whom she has admired for some time, and at his recommendation decides to begin relieving her stress at a shooting range. This article is about the act of adultery. ... Peter Killian Gallagher (born August 19, 1955) is a Golden Globe-winning American actor. ... An outdoor shooting range with a sheltered shooting stand and several other unsheltered stands. ...


Meanwhile, confronted with a newly-installed (and much younger) department boss looking for a reason to get rid of him, rather than desperately trying to save his job, Lester quits instead, revealing his disgust and contempt and successfully blackmailing his boss for an enormous severance package. For other uses, see Blackmail (disambiguation). ... A severance package is pay and benefits an employee receives when they leave employment at a company. ...


Remembering how much he enjoyed his summer job as a teenager, he begins work anew at a fast food restaurant. Jane and Ricky bond over camcorder footage of a plastic bag "dancing" in the wind, which Ricky considers the most beautiful thing he has ever recorded. Ricky also bonds with Lester over recollections of the B-movies Re-Animator and Beastmaster. Lester also begins to purchase $2000 per 1/8th oz G-13 marijuana from Ricky. Fast food is food prepared and served quickly at a fast-food restaurant or shop at low cost. ... Sony DV Handycam A camcorder is a portable electronic device for recording video images and audio onto an internal storage device. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ... Re-Animator (1985) is the first in a series of films based on the H.P. Lovecraft story Herbert West: Reanimator. ... The Beastmaster is a 1982 fantasy film starring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, and Rip Torn. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cannabis, also known as marijuana[1] or ganja,[2] is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa L. subsp. ...


Some time later, Lester catches his wife with her lover at the drive-through window of the fast food restaurant where he is employed. Despite Lester's calm reaction, Carolyn's lover breaks off their liaison, fearing financial complications in his own divorce and scandal to his reputation. She angrily drives home with her gun, seemingly with the intention of confronting her husband, believing him to have ruined her life. Lester pages Ricky for marijuana, raising the suspicions of Col. Fitts that the two are involved in a homosexual liaison. He observes Ricky rolling a joint for Lester while he lounges on a couch, but due to his perspective he believes that he has observed his son performing fellatio. Convinced that his son is gay, he confronts Ricky and threatens to throw him out of the house. Realizing that this will free him from his family, Ricky plays in to his father's mistaken impression, claiming that he is a prostitute. A scandal is a widely publicized incident involving allegations of wrong-doing, disgrace, or moral outrage. ... Fellatio is oral sex performed upon the male human penis. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ...


Ricky goes next door to Jane and asks her if she will travel to live in New York with him. Jane not only agrees, but offers to supply money that she has been saving for a breast augmentation, though Ricky is unconcerned with money as his marijuana sales provide him a steady source of income and a cache of $40,000. Angela, who is visiting Jane's house, accuses both of being "freaks," to which Ricky retorts that she is ugly, ordinary, boring, and that she knows it. Angela is devastated, the implication being that Ricky has exposed her deepest fear; that she suspects she is indeed ordinary, a fate she considers unbearable. At the same time, Lester is quietly approached in his garage while working out by a distraught Col. Fitts, who has been out in the rain. Lester attempts to comfort Col. Fitts who kisses him, believing him to be a homosexual based on what he had seen earlier. Lester rejects this advance calmly as a misunderstanding, and Fitts leaves, humiliated. Breast implant diagram A breast implant is a prosthesis used in cosmetic surgery to enhance the size and shape of ones breasts or to reconstruct the breast (for example, after a mastectomy). ... According to the Synoptic Gospels, Judas pointed out Jesus to those he led to arrest him by means of a kiss. ...


Returning to his family room, Lester finds a vulnerable Angela. He admits his attraction to her, and that he has been working out. He begins to undress her, but she admits that she is a virgin. He cannot bring himself to take her virginity. Conversing with Angela in the kitchen, Lester realizes that he is truly happy. As Angela heads to the bathroom, Lester contemplates over an old photo of his smiling family - unaware that a gun is now held to the back of his head. In Roman times, Vestal Virgins were strictly celibate or they were punished by death. ...


The movie ends with Lester's description of his life flashing before his eyes, interspersed with scenes of his family and others at the moment of the gunshot. Ricky and Jane react to the gunshot from the upstairs bedroom, Angela from a bathroom, Carolyn from outside the front door (where she had been approaching the house with her own gun to confront her husband). As Carolyn disposes of her gun and weeps for Lester, Col. Fitts is seen back in his own house removing latex gloves and a blood soaked shirt.


Lester narrates over the closing images, recalling the things he loved about his life and family, and reflects on the overwhelming beauty in the world. He assures the viewers that, even though they probably don't understand what he is talking about now, they will someday.


Cast

Lester fantasizes about Angela: "I was hoping you'd give me a bath. I'm very, very dirty."

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Production

Alan Ball originally wrote American Beauty for the stage. He saw a paper bag floating in the wind near the World Trade Center plaza and was inspired by it to write the film.[2] Director Sam Mendes eliminated the film's original opening and ending. The film originally began and ended with scenes depicting Ricky and Jane in jail, accused of Lester's murder, and also featured scenes of Lester-as-narrator flying down to visit his neighborhood. In the original version of the script, there was a separate story that included Colonel Fitts having a gay lover who died in Vietnam. It also included a scene in which Lester and Angela had sex. For other uses, see World Trade Center (disambiguation). ...


Many of the school scenes were shot at South High School, in Torrance, CA, and most of the extras in the gym crowd were South High students. Sam Mendes designed the two girls' appearances to change over the course of the film, with Thora Birch gradually using less makeup and Mena Suvari gradually using more, to emphasize his view of their shifting perceptions of themselves. City of Torrance official logo Torrance is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. ... Cosmetics or makeup are substances to enhance the beauty of the human body, apart from simple cleaning. ... Mena Adrienne Suvari (born February 9, 1979) is an American actress. ...


Singer and dancer Paula Abdul choreographed the cheerleading scene.[3] During the movie's second dinner scene, Spacey was only supposed to throw the plate of asparagus onto the floor. However, while shooting, Spacey improvised and pitched it at the wall, bringing about genuine (rather than acted) reactions of shock to Bening and Birch's faces. Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) is an American multi-platinum selling Grammy Award-winning singer, dancer, television personality, jewelry designer, and Emmy Award-winning choreographer. ...


Soundtrack and score

Main articles: American Beauty (soundtrack) and American Beauty: Original Motion Picture Score

The score to American Beauty was composed by Thomas Newman. The soundtrack features songs by artists such as The Who, Free, eels, The Folk Implosion, Gomez, and Bob Dylan, as well as a cover version of The Beatles "Because" performed by Elliott Smith (original Beatles recordings are rare in motion pictures and the rights difficult to obtain). The film also features "Don't Let It Bring You Down" performed by Annie Lennox, though this was not included on the soundtrack. American Beauty is a 1999 soundtrack album to the film of the same name. ... Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. ... The Who are a British rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Free was a British R&B-style rock band which formed in London in 1968 best known for their popular song All Right Now. Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become lead singer of the rock band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums, while lead guitarist Paul... Eels (also sometimes eels or EELS, depending on the album) is an American rock band formed by singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, better known as Mr. ... The Folk Implosion was an American indie rock / lo-fi band founded in the early 1990s by Lou Barlow and John Davis. ... Gomez is an English indie rock band from Southport, England. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Because is a ballad written by John Lennon[1] (credited to Lennon-McCartney) and performed by The Beatles. ... For the self-titled album, see Elliott Smith (album). ... Dont Let It Bring You Down is the seventh track on Neil Youngs album After the Gold Rush. ... Annie Lennox (born Ann Lennox on 25 December 1954) is a Scottish musician, vocalist, and Academy Award-winning songwriter. ...


The Original Motion Picture Score was later released on January 11, 2000. This contains 19 tracks composed by Thomas Newman for the film. A score is a set of musical compositions written to accompany a film. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Thomas Montgomery Newman (born October 20, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is an American film score composer. ...


The score was sampled in the 2000 dance track "American Dream" by Jakatta. Joey Negro is the most known pseudonym of British DJ and house music producer Dave Lee. ...


Reception

Three months in advance of the film's opening, New York Times reviewer Bernard Weinraub described it as "the most talked about film of the moment." The column, which ran on the weekend of July 4, gave few specifics regarding the film itself, but noted that the film was generating "tremendous buzz" within the DreamWorks studio, as the details of how and when the movie would be released were being debated; it also reported that Steven Spielberg (a co-founder of DreamWorks) called the film one of the best he'd seen in years and that Bening was moved to tears at an early screening of the film.[4][5] The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Steven Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[1] is an American film director and producer. ...


The movie premiered on September 8, 1999, in Los Angeles, California, to reviews that generally reaffirmed the advance hype, uniformly praising the cast, script, and cinematography, as well as the first-time direction by Mendes. Writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, Edward Guthman called it "a dazzling tale of loneliness, desire and the hollowness of conformity." Jay Carr for the Boston Globe called the film "a millennial classic"; the New York Post called it "a flat-out masterpiece." Among the smaller number of critics who expressed negative opinions of the film were J. Hoberman of the Village Voice and Wesley Morris of the San Francisco Examiner, both of whom were critical of the film's script and direction, if not its performances.[6] is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ... The Boston Globe is the most widely-circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and in the greater New England region. ... The New York Post is the 13th-oldest newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. ... J. Hoberman (Jim Hoberman) is the lead film critic for The Village Voice. ... The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... Wesley Morris is a film critic at Boston Globe. ... The San Francisco Examiner is a daily newspaper in San Francisco, California, where it has been published continuously since the late 19th Century. ...


On September 11, it was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People's Choice award just days before its opening. Aided tremendously by the positive press, the film took in $861,531 on its opening weekend in the United States, despite a limited release to only 16 screens. By October, the film was released to a wider audience, and quickly surpassed the film's estimated $15,000,000 production budget. Ultimately, the film would gross $356,296,601 internationally.[1] Poster for the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival Box office at the Manulife Centre The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), held in Toronto, Canada, is widely considered to be one of the top film festivals in the world. ...


Scenes from the Los Angeles and Toronto premieres, as well as other unique footage related to American Beauty, are featured in T.W. Zierra's 2007 documentary My Big Break which follows Wes Bentley before and after he landed his breakout role as Ricky Fitts. Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... My Big Break is a 2007 documentary film directed by T.W. Zierra starring Wes Bentley, T.W. Zierra, Brad Rowe, Chad Lindberg and Greg Fawcett. ... Wesley Cook Bentley (born September 4, 1978 in Jonesboro, Arkansas) is an American film actor. ...


Awards

The movie dominated the 2000 Oscars, with a total of eight nominations and five wins. It also had another 82 wins and 63 nominations at numerous other award ceremonies. The 72nd Academy Awards ceremony (also known as Oscars 2000) took place at Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, and was Billy Crystals seventh time hosting the Awards. ...


Wins

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Nominations

  • Academy Award for Best Actress (Annette Bening)
  • Academy Award for Original Music Score (Thomas Newman)
  • Academy Award for Film Editing (Tariq Anwar)
  • American Cinema Editors, USA: Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic
  • American Comedy Awards, USA: American Comedy Award for Funniest Motion Picture, Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)
  • Art Directors Guild: Excellence in Production Design Award for Feature Film
  • Awards of the Japanese Academy: Award of the Japanese Academy for Best Foreign Film
  • BAFTA Award for Best Direction (David Lean Award for Direction) (Sam Mendes)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay - Original (Alan Ball)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Wes Bentley)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Thora Birch)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Mena Suvari)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Sound
  • BAFTA Award for Best Production Design
  • BAFTA Award for Best Make Up/Hair
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Drama, Favorite Supporting Actor- Drama, Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama, Favorite Actor - Drama, Favorite Actress - Newcomer (Internet Only)
  • BRIT Awards: Brit for Best Soundtrack
  • Chicago Film Critics Association Awards: CFCA Award for Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actress
  • Cinema Audio Society, USA: C.A.S. Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Feature Film

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References

  1. ^ a b Business data for American Beauty from IMDb
  2. ^ Statement made during Alan Ball's Oscar acceptance speech
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169547/trivia IMDB trivia page for American Beauty
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  5. ^ Weinraub, Bernard. "At the Movies", The New York Times, 1999-07-02. Retrieved on 2006-07-05. (English) 
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