DVD 122 mins IMDB 8.5 (133,913 votes) top 250: #33
R
American Beauty - Special Edition
Universal Studios (1999)
In Collection
#5

My Rating:
8

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Drama
USA  /  English

Kevin Spacey Lester Burnham
Annette Bening Carolyn Burnham
Thora Birch Jane Burnham
Wes Bentley Ricky Fitts
Mena Suvari Angela Hayes
Chris Cooper Col. Frank Fitts, USMC
Peter Gallagher Buddy Kane
Allison Janney Barbara Fitts
Scott Bakula Jim Olmeyer
Sam Robards Jim Berkley
Barry Del Sherman Brad Dupree
Ara Celi Sale House Woman #1
John Cho Sale House Man #1
Fort Atkinson Sale House Man #2
Sue Casey Sale House Woman #2

Director Sam Mendes
Producer Bruce Cohen; Dan Jinks
Writer Alan Ball
Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
Musician Thomas Newman
User Credit 1 Tariq Anwar; Christopher Greenbury
User Credit 2 Julie Weiss

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. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 667068538229
Region Region 1
Chapters 28
Release Date 10/24/2000
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned DTS Surround Sound Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content.
User Text 2 ... look closer
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Awards
1999 - Winner - Screen Actors Guild Best Male Actor in a Leading Role Kevin Spacey
1999 - Nominee - Screen Actors Guild Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role Chris Cooper
1999 - Nominee - Academy Best Original Score Thomas Newman
1999 - Nominee - Golden Globe Best Original Score Thomas Newman
1999 - Winner - Academy Best Original Screenplay Alan Ball
1999 - Nominee - British Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay Alan Ball
1999 - Winner - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Original Screenplay Alan Ball
1999 - Winner - Writers Guild of America Best Original Screenplay Alan Ball
1999 - Winner - Screen Actors Guild Best Performance by a Cast
1999 - Winner - Academy Best Picture
1999 - Winner - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture
1999 - Winner - American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Award Conrad L. Hall
1999 - Winner - National Board of Review Best Picture
1999 - Nominee - British Academy Awards Best Production Design Naomi Shohan
1999 - Winner - Golden Globe Best Screenplay Alan Ball
1999 - Nominee - British Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Wes Bentley
1999 - Nominee - British Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Thora Birch
1999 - Nominee - British Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Mena Suvari
1999 - Winner - Academy Best Actor Kevin Spacey
1999 - Winner - British Academy Awards Best Actor Kevin Spacey
1999 - Nominee - Golden Globe Best Actor (Drama) Kevin Spacey
1999 - Nominee - Academy Best Actress Annette Bening
1999 - Winner - British Academy Awards Best Actress Annette Bening
1999 - Nominee - Golden Globe Best Actress (Drama) Annette Bening
1999 - Winner - National Board of Review Best Breakthrough Performance- Male Wes Bentley
1999 - Winner - Academy Best Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
1999 - Winner - British Academy Awards Best Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
1999 - Winner - Academy Best Director Sam Mendes
1999 - Nominee - British Academy Awards Best Director Sam Mendes
1999 - Winner - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Sam Mendes
1999 - Winner - Golden Globe Best Director Sam Mendes
1999 - Winner - L.A. Film Critics Association Best Director Sam Mendes
1999 - Winner - Directors Guild of America Best Director- Feature Film Sam Mendes
1999 - Nominee - Academy Best Editing Tariq Anwar
1999 - Winner - British Academy Awards Best Editing Tariq Anwar
1999 - Winner - British Academy Awards Best Editing Christopher Greenbury
1999 - Winner - Screen Actors Guild Best Female Actor in a Leading Role Annette Bening
2000 - Nominee - French Academy of Cinema Best Foreign Film
1999 - Winner - British Academy Awards Best Film
1999 - Winner - Golden Globe Best Film (Drama)
1999 - Winner - British Academy Awards Best Film Music Thomas Newman
1999 - Winner - American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
1999 - Winner - Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Actor Wes Bentley
1999 - Winner - Toronto Film Critics Association Best Screenplay [Runner-up] Alan Ball
1999 - Winner - Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture
1999 - Winner - Toronto Film Critics Association Best Director [Runner-up] Sam Mendes
1999 - Winner - Chicago Film Critics Association Best Director Sam Mendes
1999 - Winner - National Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Conrad L. Hall
1999 - Winner - Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actor Kevin Spacey
1999 - Winner - Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Kevin Spacey