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121 min.
United States United States
Gary Ross
Randy Newman
John Lindley
New Line Cinema, Larger Than Life production
Comedy. Drama. Fantasy. Romance | Small Town Life (North-american). 1950s
Plot: Left home together for the weekend, teenage brother and sister David and Jennifer argue over which tv show to watch, he wanting to watch a marathon of his favourite series, the old 1950s show ‘Pleasantville’, while she wants to watch MTV with a date. During the argument, the tv remote ends up being broken. A strange tv repairman then appears and gives them a new remote. But when the argument resumes the new remote mysteriously transports them into the black-and-white world of ‘Pleasantville’. There David and Jennifer find that they are Bud and Mary Sue Parker, two teenagers in a perfect nuclear family and that the town is a place where nothing ever changes and nothing exists beyond. But while out on a date at Lover’s Lane, Jennifer introduces sex into Pleasantville and disrupts the town’s delicate balance. Suddenly people start defying tradition, having sex, reading books that have been previously blank and in doing so explode into colour. But the town’s conservative faction dislikes the disruption to their established order and drum up a lynch mob to crack down on these ‘Coloreds’.
1998: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Art Direction, Costume Design, OST (Drama)
1998: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actress (J. Allen). 2 Nominations
1998: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supp. Actress (Allen) & Poduction Design
1998: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Allen)
1998: 2 Boston Film Critics Awards, incl. Best Sup. Actor (Macy) (ex aequo). 3 Nom.
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