Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman, both making their feature film debut. The film stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich as a satirical version of himself.
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Craig Schwartz is an unemployed puppeteer in a forlorn marriage with his pet-obsessed wife Lotte. Gaining a file clerk job through Dr. Lester at LesterCorp, in the strange Floor 7½ low-ceiling offices of the Mertin-Flemmer Building in New York City, he develops an attraction to his co-worker Maxine, who does not return his affections. Craig enters a small door hidden behind a filing cabinet and finds himself in the mind of actor John Malkovich; able to observe and sense whatever Malkovich does for fifteen minutes before he is ejected and dropped into a ditch near the New Jersey Turnpike. Craig reveals the portal to Maxine and they let others use it for $200 a turn. Craig tells Lotte, who becomes obsessed with the experience, allowing her to live out her transgender desires. Lotte becomes attracted to Maxine and they begin a sexual relationship by having Lotte inside Malkovich while Maxine has sex with Malkovich. Craig, forsaken by both women, locks up Lotte in a cage, then enters Ma...
Kaufman's idea of Being John Malkovichoriginated simply as "a story about a man who falls in love with someone who is not his wife". Gradually he added further elements to the story which he found entertaining, such as floor 7½ of the Mertin Flemmer building; in his first ideas, Malkovich was "nowhere to be seen". He wrote the script on spec in 1994 and though it was widely read by production company and movie studio executives, all turned it down. Hoping to find a producer, Kaufman sent the...
Diaz's make-up artist Gucci Westman described styling Diaz in the role as "a challenge, to make her look homely." The script included minimal physical descriptions of characters, and thus when Diaz took up the role she did not know that "people weren't going to recognize me." Cusack read the film's script after he had asked his agent to present him with the "craziest, most unproduceable script you can find." Impressed with the script, he asked his agent to follow its progress and book him an...
Being John Malkovichwas given limited release in U.S. theatres on October 22, 1999 and opened across 25 screens. On its opening weekend, the film grossed US $637,731 across 25 screens with a per-screen average of $25,495. It expanded to another 150 screens the following week, bringing in $1.9 million with a per-screen average of $10,857. In its third week, the film's release widened to 467 locations and grossed $2.4 million, averaging a lower $5,041 per screen with a cumulative gross of $6.1...
Being John Malkovichwas initially released in 2000 on VHS, both as a regular edition and a limited edition collector's set, and on DVD, with special features including a theatrical trailer, TV spots, cast and crew biographies, the director's photo album and featurettes on floor 7½ and puppeteering. A special edition DVD, released later the same year, included the aforementioned features, an interview with Jonze and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. It was released on HD DVD in 2008. The Crit...
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 93% "Certified Fresh" rating, based on 126 reviews, with an average rating of 8.1/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Being John Malkovich is both funny and smart, featuring a highly original script." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 90 out of 100, based on 36 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim." The film ranked 441st on Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest films of all time. In his review, Roger Ebert awarded the film a full four stars; he would later name it the best film of 1999. His comments of praise included: "Rare is the movie where the last half hour surprises you just as much as the first, and in ways you're not expecting. The movie has ideas enough for half a dozen films, but Jonze and his cast handle them so surely that we never feel hard-pressed; we're enchanted by one development after the next" and he also felt that "Either Being John Malkovich gets nominated for best picture, or the members of the Acad...
John Malkovich filmography. American actor, director, and producer John Malkovich has appeared in more than 70 motion pictures. He started acting in the 1980s, appearing in the films: Places in the Heart (1984) with Sally Field, Death of a Salesman (1985), The Glass Menagerie (1987), Empire of the Sun (1987), and Dangerous Liaisons (1988) with ...
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Used to working with a writing partner, Kaufman decided to collaborate with himself, and married two seemingly disparate ideas he had into the same script. One was a man falling for a woman who wasn't his wife, and the other was someone finding a portal into John Malkovich 's head. In 1996, Spike Jonze read the script.
- CHARLIE KAUFMAN COMBINED TWO IDEAS TO WRITE THE SCRIPT. Kaufman wrote the script in 1994, after his time writing for Chris Elliott’s Fox sitcom Get a Life.
- KAUFMAN SAYS JOHN MALKOVICH WAS THE ONLY CHOICE TO PLAY THE TITLE ACTOR. “That’s what I thought was funny,” Kaufman told Vulture. “It wouldn’t have worked, in my mind, with anyone else.”
- FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA HELPED GET THE SCRIPT TO MALKOVICH. Francis Ford Coppola—who is Jonze’s former father-in-law (Jonze and Sofia Coppola were married from 1999 to 2003)—called Malkovich on Jonze’s behalf.
- NEW LINE CINEMA WANTED A DIFFERENT ACTOR. The studio dropped the project the day after chairman Robert Shaye asked the producers of the film—which included R.E.M.
FIRST MOVIE. A Wedding (1978) BEST MOVIE. The Killing Fields (1984) WORST MOVIE. Dominion (2016) John Malkovich is an American actor, producer and director. He was highly appreciated for his roles in ‘Places in the Heart’ and ‘In the Line of Fire’. He is also remembered for his roles in ‘Being John Malkovich’ (1999) and ‘Burn ...
RKO 281. The Ogre. Being John Malkovich. Beyond the Clouds. Ladies Room. Cannes Man. Shadow of the Vampire. Time Regained. La Fuerza Bruta.
Nov 24, 2015 · Rapper, Dead at 52. John Malkovich explains why 'Being John Malkovich' is like a blowjob. At the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, director Spike Jonze spoke of John Malkovich’s initial reluctance at ...
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Sep 11, 2020 · As explained during the second act of the movie, Dr. Lester and his group need to enter the Malkovich door before midnight on his 44th birthday, with the given reason being that entering the door ...