American Beauty

American Beauty

Kevin Spacey
Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
, Annette Bening
Annette Bening
, Thora Birch
Thora Birch
Sam Mendes

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Overview

Noted theater director Sam Mendes, who was responsible for the acclaimed 1998 revival of Cabaret and Nicole Kidman's turn in The Blue Room, made his motion picture debut with this film about the dark side of an American family, and about the nature and price of beauty in a culture obsessed with outward appearances. Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham, a man in his mid-40s going through an intense midlife crisis; he's grown cynical and is convinced that he has no reason to go on. Lester's relationship with his wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) is not a warm one; while on the surface Carolyn strives to present the image that she's in full control of her life, inside she feels empty and desperate. Their teenage daughter Jane (Thora Birch) is constantly depressed, lacking in self-esteem, and convinced that she's unattractive. Her problems aren't helped by her best friend Angela (Mena Suvari), an aspiring model who is quite beautiful and believes that that alone makes her a worthwhile person. Jane isn't the only one who has noticed that Angela is attractive: Lester has fallen into uncontrollable lust for her, and she becomes part of his drastic plan to change his body and change his life. Meanwhile, next door, Colonel Fitts (Chris Cooper) has spent a lifetime in the Marine Corps and can understand and tolerate no other way of life, which makes life difficult for his son Ricky (Wes Bentley), an aspiring filmmaker and part-time drug dealer who is obsessed with beauty, wherever and whatever it may be. American Beauty was also the screen debut for screenwriter Alan Ball.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2013
UPC: 0883929303779
Original Release: 1999
Source: Paramount Catalog
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:02:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Behind-the-scenes Featurette: American Beauty: Look Closer...; ; Commentary by Director Sam Mendes and Winter Alan Ball; Storyboard Presentation with Sam Mendes and Director of Photography Conrad L. Hall; Cast and Crew Biographies; Two Theatrical Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Spacey Lester Burnham
Annette Bening Caroline Burnham
Thora Birch Jane Burnham
Wes Bentley Ricky Fitts
Mena Suvari Angela Hayes
Chris Cooper Colonel Fitts
Peter Gallagher Buddy Kane
Allison Janney Barbara Fitts
Scott Bakula Jim Olmeyer
Sam Robards Jim Berkley
Marissa Jaret Winokur Actor

Technical Credits
Sam Mendes Director
Tony Adler Asst. Director
Tariq Anwar Editor
Alan Ball Co-producer,Screenwriter
Jan K. Bergstrom Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Cohen Producer
E. Carey Dietrich Asst. Director
Chris Douridas Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Martin Gershin Sound Editor
Christopher Greenbury Editor
Conrad L. Hall Cinematographer
Dan Jinks Producer
David S. Lazan Art Director
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Naomi Shohan Production Designer
Richard van Dyke Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Stan Wlodkowski Co-producer
Debra Zane Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Beauty
1. Chapter 1 [4:23]
2. Chapter 2 [5:54]
3. Chapter 3 [3:32]
4. Chapter 4 [5:12]
5. Chapter 5 [4:46]
6. Chapter 6 [2:36]
7. Chapter 7 [3:32]
8. Chapter 8 [5:49]
9. Chapter 9 [4:02]
10. Chapter 10 [2:37]
11. Chapter 11 [3:40]
12. Chapter 12 [3:53]
13. Chapter 13 [1:20]
14. Chapter 14 [4:05]
15. Chapter 15 [4:18]
16. Chapter 16 [5:12]
17. Chapter 17 [4:14]
18. Chapter 18 [4:10]
19. Chapter 19 [:01]
20. Chapter 20 [4:20]
21. Chapter 21 [5:33]
22. Chapter 22 [3:30]
23. Chapter 23 [5:46]
24. Chapter 24 [6:02]
25. Chapter 25 [3:44]
26. Chapter 26 [6:18]
27. Chapter 27 [3:04]
28. Chapter 28 [4:07]
29. Chapter 29 [5:39]
30. Chapter 30 [:01]

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