- Original title
- Running time
- 121 min.
- United States
Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J.T. Walsh, Paul Walker, Don Knotts, Marley Shelton, Natalie Ramsey, Jane Kaczmarek, Marc Blucas, Kevin Connors, See 26 More
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’.
: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Art Direction, Costume Design, OST (Drama)
: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actress (J. Allen). 2 Nominations
: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supp. Actress (Allen) & Poduction Design
: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Allen)
: 2 Boston Film Critics Awards, incl. Best Sup. Actor (Macy) (ex aequo). 3 Nom.
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