Being John Malkovich (DVD)

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Description

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star, John Malkovich.

Product Details

Barcode
5050582036930
Department
Movies & TV
Released
11 Aug 2003
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Comedy
Region
Region 2
Year
1999
Language
English
Studio
Universal Pictures
Age Restriction
15
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Being John Malkovich
Release Year
1999
Language
English
Categories
Comedies / New York City / Puppets / Surreal / Theatrical Release
Official Website
http://www.beingjohnmalkovich.com
Ratings
IMDb
7.7
Rotten Tomatoes®
93% 87%
Metacritic
90
Synopsis
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.
Poster
Poster for Being John Malkovich
Cast & Crew
Director
Spike Jonze
Star
Orson Bean / W. Earl Brown / John Cusack / Cameron Diaz / Catherine Keener / John Malkovich / Mary Kay Place
Screenwriter
Charlie Kaufman
Composer
Carter Burwell
Producer
Steve Golin / Vincent Landay / Sandy Stern / Michael Stipe
Director of Photography
Lance Acord
Editor
Eric Zumbrunnen
Production Designer
K.K. Barrett
Cameo
Brad Pitt / Charlie Sheen / Sean Penn
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"[I]t’s as uproarious now as it ever was, the film’s themes about identity and desire have only deepened with time, as the Internet has grown into a place where personae are fluid and sometimes false..."
Scott Tobias (16 May 2012, )
Chicago Sun-Times
"...BEING JOHN MALKOVICH supplies a stream of dazzling inventions, twists and wicked paradoxes..."
Roger Ebert (29 Oct 1999, p.29)
Film Comment
"...As paradoxically cerebral and patently ridiculous as its title implies..."
Chris Chang (1 Sep 1999, p.6-9)
Los Angeles Times
"...BEING JOHN MALKOVICH is a clever and outrageous piece of whimsical fantasy that is unique, unpredictable and more than a little strange..."
Kenneth Turan (29 Oct 1999, p.C1)
Premiere
"...Visionary....[Malkovich] steals the show..."
Premiere Staff (1 Nov 1999, p.29)
Rolling Stone
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 (11 Nov 1999, p.145-6)
Variety
"...Devilishly inventive....Spike Jonze and scripter Charlie Kaufman take outlandishness to dizzying heights, and the ideas never let up..."
David Rooney (1 Jan 1970, p.61-3)