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Did You Know?
… that the tagline for the film "Look Closer" can be seen in Lester's cubicle at work. QuickClip
… that screenwriter Alan Ball made the self-help tapes that Caroline listens to in her car. QuickClip
... American Beauty has an official website. The critics loved this movie and they have posted their words of praise here
Gene Shalit said " American Beauty is such a good movie that many people will call it a film."
... Who played the "senior drive thru manager" at Mr. Smiley's? Why it's Marissa Jaret Winokur in one of her first roles. She went on to win for her performance as Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway musical Hairspray. She also appeared as a popular contestant on Dancing With the Stars.
... The images of roses are everywhere in American Beauty. The rose of the title is known for its beauty that hides its very prickly thorns.
... The band Rise Against used spoken lines of dialogue from American Beauty in the beginning and in the middle of their song Last Chance Blueprint
... The catchy music played in the beginning and end of American Beauty was a marimba and xylophone rhythm. The composer of the musical score for the movie was Thomas Newman who is the Susan Lucci of movie composers. He has been nominated for an Academy Award ten times for his music for films like The Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo and WALL-E. When he did not win the Oscar for American Beauty the cameras caught him looking quite disgusted.
American Beauty On Location
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Kevin Spacey's star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
The South High Spartans
The famous gym scenes where Lester can't take his eyes off of Angela were shot at South High in Torrace, CA. Students from the high school were invited to appear as extras.
South High School
4801 Pacific Coast Highway