American Beauty

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DVD Features:

  • Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 24, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

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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:

Certified Fresh87%

Total Count: 188


User Ratings: 660,154
Kevin Spacey gives the performance of his life. Full Review
May 8, 2014
American Beauty is deeply disturbing, acerbically funny, brilliantly acted, breathtakingly original and highly sophisticated. Full Review
Feb 23, 2015
Rating: 3/5 -- We never really see the downtrodden nature of Burnham's life pre-awakening, we just take it as a given from Burnham's own sarcastic narration. Full Review
Patrick Nabarro
Dec 1, 2018
[The skewed morality] is not a happy note. But it is a powerful one. That's the thing that makes American Beauty such a compelling feature even now. Full Review
The Spool
Dec 19, 2019
This engrossing centrepiece meshes with subplots involving Burnham's dysfunctional family and unbalanced neighbours, in a virtuoso study of isolation, repression and fulfilment. Mendes infuses the lush visuals and lyrical script with dramatic panache. Full Review
Times (UK)
Feb 23, 2015
...Spacey, an actor who embodies intelligence in his eyes and voice, is the right choice for Lester Burnham...
Chicago Sun-Times
Sep 24, 1999
Rating: 5/5 -- With its parade of neurotics, psychotics, bigots and deceivers, American Beauty is an endlessly rewatchable black comedy. Full Review
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Feb 23, 2015

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.


Production Notes:

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

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 41,887
  • UPC: 032429256362
  • Shipping Weight: 0.12/lbs (approx)
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