American Beauty

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

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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: Not Applicable

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Certified Fresh87%

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Total Count: 188

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User Ratings: 660,154
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
...AMERICAN BEAUTY is that rare instance where all the elements of a movie -- story, setting, acting, shot construction -- come together to convey its message...
Box Office
Nov 1, 1999
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...
Rolling Stone
Jan 20, 2000
...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: A+ -- American Beauty (1999) is a tragic, absurdist, satirical and dark domestic tale - and the debut feature film of British-London theatrical-stage director Sam Mendes. Full Review
AMC Filmsite
Sep 27, 2019
[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
Why, then, did I enjoy it so little? Because of its unrelenting self-importance: American Beauty wants us to know, in every shot at every turn, just how clever and mercilessly cutting it is. Full Review
Wall Street Journal
May 8, 2014

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.

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  • Sales Rank: 22,265
  • UPC: 032429256362
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