American Beauty

Beauté Américaine

  • Release Date: September 17, 1999
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Producer(s): Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks
  • Writer(s): Alan Ball
  • Studio: Universal Pictures / DreamWorks Pictures
  • Length: 2h 02m
  • Official Site: http://www.dreamworks.com/ab/
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Synopsis

Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham, a middle aged man suffering from a mid-life crisis. He has an epiphany when he lays his eyes on one of his daughter Jane's friends. Woken from his suburban coma, he takes it upon himself to make a few changes -- like quitting his job and buying the car of his dreams. His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening), is a frustrated control freak who is only maddened by his escalating freedom, and his daughter (Thora Birch) just plain hates him. His wife's reaction to the situation is to fall in the arms of a colleague (Peter Gallagher).

The chaos in the neighborhood becomes more complicated with the arrival of an equally dysfunctional family consisting of a stern ex-Marine, his vacuous wife and their detached, drug-dealing son Ricky, who becomes involved with Jane.

Received eight Academy Award nominations, winning five: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay.

Cast

Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, John Cho