DVD 114 mins IMDB 7.8 (31,872 votes)
R
Adaptation.
Columbia Pictures (2002)
In Collection
#142

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9

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Owner:
John Wood
Drama
USA  /  English

Nicolas Cage Charlie Kaufman/Donald Kaufman
Meryl Streep Susan Orlean
Chris Cooper John Laroche
Cara Seymour Amelia Kavan
Tilda Swinton Valerie Thomas
Ron Livingston Marty Bowen
Brian Cox Robert McKee
Maggie Gyllenhaal Caroline Cunningham
Jim Beaver Ranger Tony
Judy Greer Alice the Waitress
Jay Tavare Matthew Osceola
Litefoot Russell (as G. Paul Davis)
Doug Jones Augustus Margary
Stephen Tobolowsky Ranger Steve Neely (scenes deleted)
Roger Willie Randy

Director Spike Jonze
Producer Jonathan Demme; Vincent Landay; Johnathan Demme; Edward Saxon
Writer Susan Orlean; Charlie Kaufman; Donald Kaufman
Cinematography Lance Acord
Musician Carter Burwell
User Credit 1 Eric Zumbrunnen
User Credit 2 Ann Roth; Casey Storm

The creative team behind Being John Malkovich — director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman — return with this equally offbeat comedy, in which Kaufman himself becomes the leading character. Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) is a gifted but profoundly neurotic screenwriter who, after the success of Being John Malkovich, has been hired to write a script adapted from the nonfiction book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. But while Charlie is obsessive about his work, he's also intensely paranoid, given to deep depression, socially inept, and terrified of talking to women, qualities which are making it difficult to get on with his work or hold on to his tenuous relationship with girlfriend Amelia (Cara Seymour). Meanwhile, Charlie's identical twin brother, Donald Kaufman (also played by Cage), has shown up to move in with his brother. Emotionally, Donald is Charlie's polar opposite — a loudmouthed, over-confident, superficial party animal who has an easy way with the ladies. Donald has decided to follow his brother's footsteps and take up screenwriting as well, but embracing the dictates of screenwriting tutor Robert McKee (Brian Cox), he's cranking out a cliché-ridden serial-killer thriller when not busy making time with new girlfriend Caroline (Maggie Gyllenhaal). As Donald blazes through his screenplay, Charlie slowly picks away at his story, in which author Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) chronicles John Laroche (Chris Cooper), a scruffy but devoted plant enthusiast who tries to save rare species of orchids by stealing them from their natural home in the swamps of Florida. As John and Susan become better acquainted, they find themselves attracted to one another; similarly, Charlie finds himself increasingly fascinated with Susan, and finds himself falling in love with her, even though he's only seen her photo on the dust jacket of her book. Charlie arranges to meet Susan, but is too nervous to confront her face to face, so he sends Donald (who has just scored a seven-figure deal for his script) in his place, while he attends a screenwriting seminar held by McKee. Adaptation also features Tilda Swinton, Judy Greer, and Stephen Tobolowsky. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 043396076013
Region Region 1
Chapters 28
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
DTS Surround Sound Color Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Language, sexuality, some drug use and violent images.
User Text 2 Charlie Kaufman writes the way he lives... With Great Difficulty. His Twin Brother Donald Lives the way he writes... with foolish abandon. Susan writes about life... But can't live it. John's life is a book... Waiting to be adapted. One story... Four Lives... A million ways it can end.
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Notes
Awards
2002 - Nominee - Academy Best Adapted Screenplay Charlie Kaufman
2002 - Nominee - Academy Best Adapted Screenplay Donald Kaufman
2002 - Nominee - Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Charlie Kaufman
2002 - Nominee - Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Donald Kaufman
2002 - Nominee - Academy Best Supporting Actress Meryl Streep
2002 - Nominee - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Meryl Streep
2002 - Winner - Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Meryl Streep
2002 - Nominee - Academy Best Actor Nicolas Cage
2002 - Nominee - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture
2003 - Winner - Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear
2002 - Nominee - Screen Actors Guild Best Actor Nicolas Cage
2002 - Nominee - Golden Globe Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Nicolas Cage
2002 - Nominee - National Board of Review Best Picture
2002 - Nominee - Golden Globe Best Picture - Musical or Comedy
2002 - Nominee - Golden Globe Best Screenplay Charlie Kaufman
2002 - Nominee - Golden Globe Best Screenplay Donald Kaufman
2002 - Winner - National Board of Review Best Screenplay Charlie Kaufman
2002 - Nominee - New York Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay Donald Kaufman
2002 - Winner - L.A. Film Critics Association Best Screenplay (Runner-up) Charlie Kaufman
2002 - Winner - L.A. Film Critics Association Best Screenplay (Runner-up) Donald Kaufman
2002 - Nominee - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Writer Charlie Kaufman
2002 - Winner - American Film Institute Top Ten Movie of the Year
2002 - Winner - Academy Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
2002 - Nominee - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
2002 - Winner - Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
2002 - Winner - L.A. Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
2002 - Winner - National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
2002 - Nominee - Screen Actors Guild Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
2002 - Winner - National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor (Runner-up) Chris Cooper
2002 - Nominee - Golden Globe Best Director Spike Jonze
2003 - Winner - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Charlie Kaufman
2003 - Nominee - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture
2003 - Winner - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
2003 - Nominee - Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Meryl Streep
2002 - Winner - Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Maggie Gyllenhaal
2002 - Winner - Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Meryl Streep
2002 - Winner - Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Chris Cooper
2002 - Winner - Toronto Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Donald Kaufman
2002 - Winner - Toronto Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Charlie Kaufman
2002 - Winner - Chicago Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Charlie Kaufman
2002 - Winner - Chicago Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Donald Kaufman
2002 - Winner - Toronto Film Critics Association Best Picture
2002 - Winner - Toronto Film Critics Association Best Actor Nicolas Cage