Tobey Maguire
Director: Gary Ross Cast: Tobey Maguire
Tobey Maguire
, Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels
, Joan Allen
Joan Allen
Gary Ross

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Gary Ross, Oscar nominated for his Dave and Big screenplays, made his directorial debut with this comedy. The cheerful '50s TV sitcom "Pleasantville" is revived in the '90s for a loyal cable audience. One devoted fan is shy suburban teen David Wagner (Tobey Maguire), who has an almost obsessive interest in the series. Living with his divorced mother (Jane Kaczmarek), David sometimes has disputes with his ultra-hip twin sister Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon). She wants to watch MTV just when a Pleasantville marathon is about to begin. They struggle over the remote control, and it breaks. A strange TV repairman (Don Knotts) supplies their new remote, a potent high-tech device which zaps David and Jennifer inside Pleasantville, where their new sitcom parents are businessman George Parker (William H. Macy) and wife Betty (Joan Allen). As "Bud" and "Mary Sue," the teens take up residence in a black-and-white suburbia where sex does not exist and the temperature is always 72 degrees. Life is always pleasant, books have no words, bathrooms have no toilets, married couples sleep in twin beds, the high school basketball team always wins, and nobody ever questions "The Good Life." David revels in Pleasantville's Prozac-styled peacefulness. He fits right in, but Jennifer's 1990s attitude upsets the blandness balance, painting parts of Pleasantville in "living color." Repressed desires surface, cracks appear in the '50s lifestyles, and the Pleasantville populace finds their lives changing in strange, wonderful ways. It's liberating -- but there's also a darker side. This film breaks an all-time record with more than 1700 special effects shots. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
UPC: 0794043147517
Original Release: 1998
Rating: PG-13
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:04:00
Sales rank: 7,933

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire David/Bud
Jeff Daniels Mr. Johnson
Joan Allen Betty
William H. Macy George
J.T. Walsh Big Bob
Reese Witherspoon Jennifer/Mary Sue
Don Knotts TV Repairman
Paul Walker Skip
Marley Shelton Margaret
Jane Kaczmarek David and Jennifer's Mom
Giuseppe Andrews Howard
Jenny Lewis Christin
Marissa Ribisi Actor

Technical Credits
Gary Ross Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Allen Alsobrook Co-producer
Robert Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Borowitz Co-producer
Susan Borowitz Co-producer
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Robert J. Degus Producer
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Bonnie Greenberg Musical Direction/Supervision
Jon Kilik Producer
Ellen Lewis Casting
John Lindley Cinematographer
Edward Lynn Co-producer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Randy Newman Score Composer
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Mary Parent Executive Producer
Steven Soderbergh Producer
Allison Thomas Co-producer
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
Chris Watts Special Effects Supervisor
Debra Zane Casting

Scene Index

Closed Caption; Commentary by writer/director Gary Ross ; Isolated score track with commentary by composer Randy Newman; Featurette The Art of Pleasantville; Fiona Apple Across the Universe music video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson ; Storyboard gallery ; Theatrical trailer

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