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At Theaters: 10/29/1999 On Video: 5/2/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 52 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 109921
Studio: Gramercy Pictures
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A puppeteer finds a door in his office that allows him to enter the mind of and literally become the famous actor, John Malkovich for 15 minutes. Entrepreneur Cusack and his counterparts try to use this experience in a money making venture, but finds himself with a choice between a life of fantasy and deception, or reality and truth.
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Comedy - A wild and original comedy/fantasy about a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. One of the year's most unusual comedies, it will appeal to anyone who likes their humor tinged with a touch of the absurd.
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John Cusack (The Thin Red Line)
Cameron Diaz (There's Something About Mary)
Catherine Keener (8MM)
John Malkovich (The Messenger: Joan of Arc)
Director: Spike Jonze (Amarillo By Morning)
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Frequent and occasionally extreme.
SEX/NUDITY: One brief nude shot, but significant sexual content.
VIOLENCE: Two fights and some gunshots. Nothing graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking and reference to drug use.
COMEDY: Aburd, offbeat humor.

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Very Good
While there's some truth to the maxim that "there's nothing new under the sun," Being John Malkovich tries hard to be the exception. Admittedly, the themes addressed by the movie - those of identity, celebrity, and manipulation - are familiar, but the manner in which director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman address them is fresh and inventive. Being John Malkovich is one of those rare cinematic experiences that works on one level or another for nearly everyone who sees it. It is a triumphant debut for Jonze.

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At last, a movie for anyone who ever wanted to be someone.. .else.

Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is nearing the end of his string. A gifted street puppeteer, Craig nonetheless is coming up empty-cupped: New York City has little use, or tolerance, for his special talents. His ten-year marriage to Lotte (Cameron Diaz), a workaholic pet store employee who literally brings her work home with her, has become habitual at best. They have no money, no passion, no escape.

With no other prospects, the nimble-fingered Craig takes a job as an entry-level filing clerk at LesterCorp., a "small" company located on the 7 1/2th floor of Manhattan's Mertin-Flemmer office building. At his orientation, he meets the beautiful Maxine (Catherine Keener), and, for Craig, it's obsession at first sight. To him, Maxine is an object just waiting to be affected, a woman just waiting to get loved. To Maxine, however, Craig is a no go.

Dejected and rejected, Craig retreats into his office to file. In a moment of exasperation, he slams the drawer, causing a folder to fall behind the cabinet. Upon moving the cabinet, a small boarded-up door is revealed. Prying open the door, Craig uncovers a passageway. Cautiously, he climbs in -- and is suddenly sucked through a dark, wet tunnel. There is a flash of bright light, and then, all at once, Craig realizes that he has discovered a portal that is an all-access pass to the unique experience that is John Malkovich! He is being John Malkovich...

And this is just the beginning.

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