- Original title
- Running time
- 122 min.
- United States
Conrad L. Hall
Barry Del Sherman
Drama. Comedy | Comedy-Drama. Family Relationships. Satire. Cult Movie
- Synopsis / Plot
- Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a middle aged man suffering from a mid-life crisis. He has an epiphany when he lays his eyes on one of his daughter Jane's friends. Woken from his suburban coma, he takes it upon himself to make a few changes -- like quitting his job and buying the car of his dreams. His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening), is a frustrated control freak who is only maddened by his escalating freedom, and his daughter (Thora Birch) just plain hates him. His wife's reaction to the situation is to fall in the arms of a colleague (Peter Gallagher). The chaos in the neighborhood becomes more complicated with the arrival of an equally dysfunctional family consisting of a stern ex-Marine, his vacuous wife and their detached, drug-dealing son Ricky, who becomes involved with Jane.
: 5 Academy Awards: Movie, Director, Actor (Kevin Spacey), Screenplay, Cinematography. 8 Nominations
: 3 Golden Globes: Best Movie - Drama, Director, Screenplay. 6 Nominations
: 6 BAFTA Awards, including Best Movie and Actor (Spacey). 14 Nominations
: Cesar Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture
: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture
: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best Movie, Actor (Wes Bentley)
: Festival Toronto: Best Director (Sam Mendes), Audience Award
: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Director. 4 Nominations
1999: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 4 Awards, including Best Picture. 7 Nom.
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Film & Best First Film
: Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture, Director & Original Screenplay
: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Film
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay
: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Cast, Actor (Spacey) & Actress (Bening)
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