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Pleasantville

6.8
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Original title
Pleasantville
Year
Running time
121 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Gary Ross
Music
Randy Newman
Cinematography
John Lindley
Cast
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Producer
New Line Cinema / Larger Than Life production
Genre
Comedy. Drama. Fantasy. Romance | Small Town Life (North-american). 1950s
Synopsis / Plot
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’.
Awards
1998: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Art Direction, Costume Design, OST (Drama)
1998: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Supporting Actress (J. Allen). 2 Nominations
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