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American Beauty Movie Basics

Year of Release: 1999
Running Time: 2 hrs.
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Sam Mendes
Screenwriter: Alan Ball
Producers: Bruce Cohen and an Jinks
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures

American Beauty Synopsis

A thought provoking movie about a man (Kevin Spacey) in the midst of an intense mid-life crisis who engages in a search for the missing beauty in his life. He doesn't find it in his loveless marriage to real estate queen wife, Annette Bening or his disfunctional relationship with his troubled daughter played by Thora Birch. Where he does find it is part of the magic of this unforgettable Academy Award winning movie.

American Beauty Cast

Kevin Spacey - Lester Burnham
Annette Bening - Caroline Burnham
Thora Birch - Jane Burnham
Wes Bentley - Ricky Fitts
Mena Suvari - Angela Hayes
Peter Gallagher - Buddy Kane
Allison Janney - Barbara Fitts
Scott Bakula - Jim Olmeyer
Sam Robards - Jim Berkley
Chris Cooper - Colonel Fitts

American Beauty Awards and Nominations

1999 Academy Awards® Best Picture (Win)
Best Directing (Win)
Best Original Screenplay (Win)
Best Actor - Kevin Spacey (Win)
Best Cinematography (Win)

Best Actress - Annette Bening (Nom)

Best Film Editing (Nom)

Best Original Score (Nom)

1999 Golden Globe Awards® Best Film - Drama (Win)
Best Screenplay (Win)
Best Director (Win)

Best Actress - Drama - Annette Bening (Nom)

Best Actor - Drama - Kevin Spacey (Nom)

Best Original Score (Nom)

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American Beauty

Caroline Burnham ( Annette Bening ):

"Honey, I'm so proud of you. You know I watched you very closely. You didn't screw up once."

How much did the Burnham's "sofa" cost?