American Beauty

Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter’s attractive friend.
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Film Cast:

  • Lester Burnham: Kevin Spacey
  • Carolyn Burnham: Annette Bening
  • Jane Burnham: Thora Birch
  • Ricky Fitts: Wes Bentley
  • Angela Hayes: Mena Suvari
  • Colonel Frank Fitts: Chris Cooper
  • Barbara Fitts: Allison Janney
  • Buddy Kane: Peter Gallagher
  • Jim Olmeyer: Scott Bakula
  • Jim Berkley: Sam Robards
  • Brad Dupree: Barry Del Sherman
  • Sale House Man #1: John Cho
  • Sale House Man #2: Hal Fort Atkinson
  • Sale House Man #3: Kent Faulcon
  • Sale House Woman #1: Ara Celi
  • Sale House Woman #2: Sue Casey
  • Sale House Woman #3: Brenda Wehle
  • Sale House Woman #4: Lisa Cloud
  • Christy Kane: Amber Smith
  • Catering Boss: Joel McCrary
  • Janine: Marissa Jaret Winokur
  • Mr. Smiley’s Manager: Dennis Anderson
  • Firing Range Attendant: Matthew Kimbrough
  • Young Jane: Erin Cathryn Strubbe
  • Spartanette #1: Alison Faulk
  • Spartanette #2: Krista Goodsitt
  • Spartanette #3: Lily Houtkin
  • Spartanette #4: Carolina Lancaster
  • Spartanette #5: Mona Leah
  • Spartanette #6: Chekesha Van Putten
  • Spartanette #7: Emily Zachary
  • Spartanette #8: Nancy Anderson
  • Spartanette #9: Reshma Gajjar
  • Spartanette #10: Stephanie Rizzo
  • Playground Girl #1: Heather Joy Sher
  • Playground Girl #2: Chelsea Hertford
  • Newscaster (uncredited): Elaine Corral Kendall
  • Wedding Guest (uncredited): David C. Fisher
  • Advertising Executive (uncredited): Tom Miller
  • Bartender (uncredited): Bruce Cohen

Film Crew:

  • Original Music Composer: Thomas Newman
  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Co-Producer: Alan Ball
  • Producer: Bruce Cohen
  • Producer: Dan Jinks
  • Director of Photography: Conrad L. Hall
  • Editor: Christopher Greenbury
  • Editor: Tariq Anwar
  • Casting: Debra Zane
  • Production Design: Naomi Shohan
  • Art Direction: David Lazan
  • Costume Design: Julie Weiss
  • Casting Assistant: Terri Taylor
  • Thanks: Nicole Kidman
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Scott Martin Gershin
  • Music Editor: Bill Bernstein
  • Post Production Supervisor: Lisa Dennis
  • Leadman: Mike Higelmire
  • Sound Effects Editor: Bryan Bowen
  • Special Effects Coordinator: John Hartigan
  • Set Decoration: Jan K. Bergstrom
  • Assistant Art Director: Catherine Smith
  • Second Unit Director of Photography: Conrad W. Hall
  • Thanks: Pete Townshend
  • Co-Producer: Stan Wlodkowski
  • First Assistant Editor: Tracey Wadmore-Smith
  • Second Unit Director of Photography: David Golia
  • Makeup Artist: Tania McComas
  • Production Coordinator: Christa Vausbinder
  • ADR Supervisor: Trevor Jolly
  • Camera Operator: Geoffrey Haley
  • Key Hair Stylist: Carol A. O’Connell
  • Researcher: Deborah Ricketts
  • First Assistant Camera: Clyde E. Bryan
  • Music Supervisor: Chris Douridas
  • Choreographer: Paula Abdul
  • Utility Stunts: Phil Culotta
  • Set Production Assistant: Mike Piccirillo
  • ADR Recordist: Brian Basham
  • Foley Mixer: Nerses Gezalyan
  • Foley Artist: James Moriana
  • Foley: Jeffrey Wilhoit
  • Foley Recordist: Greg Zimmerman
  • Assistant Accountant: Victor A. Haddox
  • Still Photographer: Lorey Sebastian
  • ADR & Dubbing: Jackie Gonneau
  • Assistant Editor: Vince Filippone
  • Set Designer: Suzan Wexler
  • First Assistant Editor: Larry Madaras
  • Assistant Director: Tony Adler
  • Standby Painter: Christian Zimmermann
  • Unit Production Manager: Cristen Carr Strubbe
  • Electrician: Ross Dunkerley
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Marcy Grace Froehlich
  • Pilot: Robert ‘Bobby Z’ Zajonc
  • Makeup Artist: Julie Hewett
  • Sound Effects Editor: Alan Rankin
  • Driver: Jeff Couch
  • Script Supervisor: Ana Maria Quintana
  • Boom Operator: Carl Fischer
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Scott Millan
  • Dialogue Editor: Mark Gordon
  • Construction Coordinator: Joe Ondrejko
  • Visual Effects Compositor: Matt Dessero
  • Set Costumer: Kanani Wolf
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Bob Beemer
  • Set Designer: Andrea Dopaso
  • Set Costumer: Alix Hester
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Rob Hodgson
  • Unit Publicist: David Linck
  • Visual Effects Producer: Jonathan F. Styrlund
  • Rigging Gaffer: Huston Beaumont
  • First Assistant Sound Editor: Thomas O’Neil Younkman
  • Visual Effects Producer: Janet Yale
  • Scoring Mixer: Dennis S. Sands
  • Compositing Artist: Travis Baumann
  • Key Hair Stylist: Patricia DeHaney
  • Transportation Coordinator: A. Welch Lambeth
  • Hairstylist: Cydney Cornell
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: David Goldberg
  • Dialogue Editor: Simon Coke
  • Costume Supervisor: Hope Slepak
  • Production Executive: Steven R. Molen
  • Art Department Coordinator: Molly Click
  • Assistant Director: Rosemary C. Cremona
  • Painter: Chris Samp
  • Orchestrator: Thomas Pasatieri
  • Rigging Grip: Gerald A. King
  • Camera Operator: Aaron Pazanti
  • Music Editor: Joanie Diener
  • Production Sound Mixer: Richard Van Dyke
  • Property Master: Lynda Reiss
  • Color Timer: Phil Hetos
  • 3D Artist: John Cassella
  • Production Controller: Jim Turner
  • Additional Camera: Dana Kroeger
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Paula Bonhomme
  • Set Dressing Artist: Ian Kay
  • 24 Frame Playback: Ralph Merzbach
  • Storyboard Artist: Robin Richesson
  • Visual Effects Editor: Matt Magnolia
  • Post Production Assistant: Kevin Du Toit
  • Production Accountant: Janet Lonsdale
  • ADR Mixer: Dean Drabin
  • Projection: René González
  • Stunt Coordinator: Ben Scott
  • Storyboard Artist: Tony Chance
  • Greensman: Richard W. Jones
  • Libra Head Technician: Kelly Diehl
  • Second Assistant Camera: Mike Gentile
  • Chief Lighting Technician: James M. Cox
  • Key Grip: Bill Young
  • Craft Service: Krissy Korn
  • Propmaker: Rob Garlow
  • Stand In: Holiday Freeman
  • Transportation Captain: Randy Lovelady
  • Editorial Production Assistant: Jeffrey Skinner
  • Location Manager: Christine Bonnem
  • Digital Compositors: Olivier Sarda
  • Studio Teachers: Pia Mehr
  • Key Costumer: Sanford Slepak
  • Dolly Grip: Carlos M. Gallardo
  • Post Production Accountant: Maria DeVane
  • Location Assistant: Chee Ho
  • Camera Loader: Michael Thomas
  • Assistant Chief Lighting Technician: John Carney
  • Best Boy Grip: Paul Farley
  • Assistant Production Coordinator: Shannon Speaker
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Stephanie Kime
  • Special Effects Technician: Jerry Miscevich
  • Payroll Accountant: Debbie-Lynn Siegel
  • Assistant Makeup Artist: Buffy Zerefski
  • Second Assistant Director: Peter E. Hirsch
  • Assistant Property Master: Angela M. Whiting
  • Swing: Brook Bacon
  • Special Effects Assistant: Jason Hansen
  • Post Production Coordinator: Lisa Marie Serra
  • Assistant Location Manager: Yoshi Enoki Jr.
  • Location Coordinator: Jeff Lovely
  • Extras Casting: Raquel Osborne
  • Production Assistant: Steven Buhai
  • Production Secretary: Matt Walker
  • Second Unit First Assistant Director: Chris Edmonds

Movie Reviews:

  • tmdb70752507: The film American Beauty to me is a film about purpose. What is your purpose in life? The film teaches that there is such great beauty in the small things in life and that sometimes you need to take a step back to allow yourself to take in the unfiltered beauty in the small things like a plastic bag dancing in the wind, playing with the leaves. The film tells it’s audience that the beauty in the small details is much greater than society’s typical image of beauty. The prominent rose in the film is a symbol of false, surface beauty; the expensive and romantic flower is amongst almost every single shot in the film reminding us that we need to look beyond the surface beauty of an entity and see the beauty within. This message surrounding beauty is empathised with the inclusion of the rose on the films poster and the tagline, ‘look closer’ indicating that to see real beauty one must ‘look closer’, a task that typically requires more thoughtfulness and less immediate facial value judgements that make up the typical image of beauty.
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