AMERICAN BEAUTY: Best Picture 1999 - HomeVideos.com
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AMERICAN BEAUTY (Rated R - for strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content)

PRODUCERS: Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks.

ABOUT THE FILM

Explores the dire consequences of a man's midlife crisis in a supposedly perfect marriage, in a perfect neighborhood, in a family living the perfect suburban life style. "Lives change and not for the best."

DIRECTED BY:

Sam Mendes (Oscar Winner)

THE CAST INCLUDES

Kevin Spacey (Oscar Winner - Best Actor)
( L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, THE NEGOTIATOR, PAY IT FORWARD, A TIME TO KILL, KPAX)

Annette Bening (nominated for Best Actress) (THE GRIFTERS, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, GUILTY BY SUSPICION, and REGARDING HENRY)

Thora Birch (PATRIOT GAMES, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, MONKEY TROUBLE, and GHOST WORLD)

The cast also includes... Wes Bently, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney, Chris Cooper, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, and Barry Del Sherman.

ABOUT THE PRODUCERS

Bruce Cohen - Has been involved with producing films since the mid 1980's. Some of the films that he was a producer / executive producer on were: "The Flintstones," "To Wong Foo - Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" and "Mouse Hunt."

Dan Jinks - A relative new comer to producing, who also produced "The Bone Collector," "Nothing To Lose," and "Down With Love."

NOTES & TRIVA

Conrad L. Hall won the Oscar for Best Cinematography. This was his second Oscar win. Hall won his first Oscar for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." He also received Oscar nominations for his camera work in " Saboteur: Code Name Morituri ," "The Professionals," "In Cold Blood,""The Day of the Locust," "Tequila Sunrise," and "Searching for Bobby Fischer."

Alan Ball - won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and was a co-producer on the film as well. He went on to be an executive producer for the film, "The Parlor." Ball has written for some T.V. series shows - "Cybil," "Grace Under Fire" and "Six Feet Under." Ball also is a succesful executive producer for Television shows: ("Cybill," "Oh Grow Up, " and "Six Feet Under.")

Thomas Newman - wrote the marvelous musical score. He comes from a long line of musicians and composers, and earned a masters in music composition Keyboard from Yale University, He started his successful career in composing musical scores for films in 1984. (His musical scores in films include: "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Scent of A Woman," "The Green Mile," "Erin Brockovich," and "In the Bedroom."

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