American Beauty (Blu-ray)

Starring: Kevin Spacey & Annette Bening Director: Sam Mendes  Rated: R: Restricted
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Paramount Catalog
  • Encoding: Region [unknown]

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I rule!"
  - Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1999 - Best Actor: Kevin Spacey
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Cinematography: Conrad L. Hall
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Director: Sam Mendes
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Original Screenplay: Alan Ball
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Picture

Entertainment Reviews:

Variety -
"...Consistently provocative and devilishly amusing....AMERICAN BEAUTY is a real American original..."
Rolling Stone - 01/20/2000
Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Movies of 1999" -- "...[A] justly celebrated look at what gets lost in life when we numb ourselves to feeling..."
Premiere - 06/01/2000
"...Sees beauty in our most common mistakes and failures. This is a masterpiece..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
Box Office - 11/01/1999
"...AMERICAN BEAUTY is that rare instance where all the elements of a movie -- story, setting, acting, shot construction -- come together to convey its message..."
USA Today - 09/15/1999
"...Spacey gives sardonic snap to every line he delivers....The movie is a beaut. It's as feeling as it is funny, a quality recent movies seemed to have lost..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/15/1999
"...Unsettling, unnerving, undefinable....BEAUTY is a blood-chilling dark comedy with unexpected moments of both fury and warmth, a strange, brooding and very accomplished film that sets us back on our heels from its opening frames..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/24/1999
"...Spacey, an actor who embodies intelligence in his eyes and voice, is the right choice for Lester Burnham..."

Product Description:

AMERICAN BEAUTY tells the story of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), a suburban father who snaps when he becomes disgusted with his stale, repetitive existence. Burnham lets us know in voice-over from the film's opening that this is the day he dies (using the SUNSET BOULEVARD flashback approach), a technique that adds an inevitable tension to the proceedings and keeps the story moving forward at all times. On a whim, Lester quits his job and begins a regression into young adulthood, lifting weights, smoking pot, doing nothing, and discovering the overflowing sexuality of his 16-year-old daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening), has her own midlife crisis of sorts. A real estate agent, she experiences a youthful awakening when super-agent Buddy Kane (Peter Gallagher) seduces her repeatedly. Meanwhile, Jane (Thora Birch), the Burnhams' daughter, is pursued by Ricky (Wes Bentley), the mysterious boy next door who carries a video camera around with him at all times. When Ricky's militaristic father, Colonel Fitts (Chris Cooper), discovers something potentially horrifying on one of his tapes, and when Carolyn's rage for Lester's actions boils over, the time bomb finally explodes.

Plot Synopsis:

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a gainfully employed suburban husband and father. Fed up with his boring, stagnant existence, he quits his job and decides to reinvent himself as a pot-smoking, responsibility-shirking teenager. What follows is at once cynical, hysterical, and, eventually, tragically uplifting. A flawless cast (Spacey, Bening, Birch, Suvari, Bentley, and especially Cooper) combines to deliver one of the decade's strongest ensemble performances in this multiple-Oscar-winning film. Director Sam Mendes, already a wunderkind in the world of British theater, proves that his talent isn't limited to the stage in his feature-length debut.

Plot Keywords:

Black Comedy | Essential Cinema | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • AMERICAN BEAUTY composer Thomas Newman won a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

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