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Being John Malkovich Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Would you pay money to journey into the mind of the star of , The Killing Fields, and ? Puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is having money problems, so he takes a temporary job as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a large office building. One day, while rummaging behind a cabinet, he finds a small door that leads to the center of the mind of actor John Malkovich (played by, you guessed it, John Malkovich). Craig discovers that entering the portal allows him to become John Malkovich for a brief spell, and in time he and his beautiful but aloof co-worker Maxine (Catherine Keener) get the bright idea to charge admission for the privilege of spending 15 minutes inside the head of a well-known actor. Malkovich realizes that something strange is happening to him, but can do little to stop it, as strangers take over his mind for a quarter-hour at a time. Craig's wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz), eventually takes a trip into Malkovich's psyche, and she soon finds herself in love with Maxine, with whom Malkovich has an affair; meanwhile, Maxine in time becomes infatuated with both Craig and Lotte, but only when they're inside Malkovich. Being John Malkovich marked the feature-length debut of director Spike Jonze, who previously made acclaimed music videos for Weezer, the Beastie Boys, and the Breeders, among others. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 2, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
New York Film Critics Circle Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 1999 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Catherine Keener Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 1999 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Cameron Diaz Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role 1999 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Cameron Diaz Best Supporting Actress 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Cameron Diaz Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 1999 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Charlie Kaufman Best Original Screenplay 1999 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Charlie Kaufman Best Screenplay 1999 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Charlie Kaufman Best Screenplay 1999 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Charlie Kaufman Best Screenplay 1999 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Charlie Kaufman Best Screenplay 1999 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Charlie Kaufman Best First Screenplay 1999 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charlie Kaufman Best Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Charlie Kaufman Best Original Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charlie Kaufman Best Original Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards John Cusack Best Actor 1999 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle John Malkovich Best Supporting Actor 1999 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Spike Jonze Breakthrough Performer 1999 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Spike Jonze Best First Film 1999 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Spike Jonze Best First Feature Over $500,000 1999 Winner
Directors Guild of America Spike Jonze Best Director - Feature Film 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Spike Jonze Best Director 1999 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Eric Zumbrunnen Best Editing 1999 Nominee

Cast

John Cusack
as Craig Schwartz
Cameron Diaz
as Lotte Schwartz
Catherine Keener
as Maxine Lund
John Malkovich
as John Malkovich
Orson Bean
as Dr. Lester
Mary Kay Place
as Floris
Charlie Sheen
as Charlie Sheen
Carlos Jacott
as Larry the Agent
W. Earl Brown
as Erroll
Willie Garson
as Guy In Restaurant
Byrne Piven
as Captain Mertin
Gregory Sporleder
as Drunk At Bar
Ned Bellamy
as Derek Mantini
Eric Weinstein
as Father at Puppet Show
Madison Lanc
as Daugher at Puppet Show
Octavia L. Spencer
as Woman In Elevator
Reggie Hayes
as Don
K.K. Dodds
as Wendy
Judith Wetzell
as Tiny Woman
Kevin Carroll
as Cab Driver
Gerald Emerick
as Sad Man In Line
Bill M. Ryusaki
as Mr. Hiroshi
James Murray
as Student Puppeteer
Richard Fancy
as Johnson Heyward
Dan Hansen
as Boy John Malkovich
Patti Tippo
as John Malovich's Mother
Mariah O'Brien
as Girl Creeped Out By John Malkovich
Kelly Teacher
as Emily
Jacqueline Benoit
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Audrey Gelfand
as Doctor Lester's Friend
William Nichols Buck
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Yetta Ginsburg
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Sylvester Jenkins
as Doctor Lester's Friend
David Wyler
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Jeanne Diehl
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Flori Wyler
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Kevin Lee
as Ballet Dancer
Marlowe Bassett
as Ballet Dancer
Kristin D'Andrea
as Ballet Dancer
Jessica Neuberger
as Ballet Dancer
Jennifer Canzoneri
as Ballet Dancer
Charlene Grimsley
as Ballet Dancer
Sara Rifkin
as Ballet Dancer
Kristie Cordle
as Ballet Dancer
Christine Krejer
as Ballet Dancer
Elizabeth Rivera
as Ballet Dancer
Denise Dabrowski
as Ballet Dancer
Erica Long
as Ballet Dancer
Yvonne Montelius
as Ballet Dancer
Pamela Hayden
as Featured Character Voices
Michelle Madden
as Featured Character Voices
Neil Ross
as Featured Character Voices
Jayne Hess
as Featured Character Voices
Bill Wittman
as Featured Character Voices
Christopher Bing
as Himself [uncredited]
Yetta Ginsburg
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Jessica Neuberger
as Ballet Dancer
David Wyler
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Kevin Lee
as Ballet Dancer
Bill M. Ryusaki
as Mr. Hiroshi
Madison Lanc
as Daugher at Puppet Show
Christopher Bing
as Himself [uncredited]
Octavia L. Spencer
as Woman In Elevator
Eric Weinstein
as Father at Puppet Show
Bill Wittman
as Featured Character Voices
Sylvester Jenkins
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Reggie Hayes
as Don
William Nichols Buck
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Gregory Sporleder
as Drunk At Bar
Gerald Emerick
as Sad Man In Line
Jayne Hess
as Featured Character Voices
Marlowe Bassett
as Ballet Dancer
Audrey Gelfand
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Mariah O'Brien
as Girl Creeped Out By John Malkovich
Patti Tippo
as John Malovich's Mother
Neil Ross
as Featured Character Voices
Flori Wyler
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Jeanne Diehl
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Kelly Teacher
as Emily
Charlene Grimsley
as Ballet Dancer
Elizabeth Rivera
as Ballet Dancer
James Murray
as Student Puppeteer
Kristin D'Andrea
as Ballet Dancer
K.K. Dodds
as Wendy
Kristie Cordle
as Ballet Dancer
Denise Dabrowski
as Ballet Dancer
Kevin Carroll
as Cab Driver
Michelle Madden
as Featured Character Voices
Sara Rifkin
as Ballet Dancer
Jacqueline Benoit
as Doctor Lester's Friend
Jennifer Canzoneri
as Ballet Dancer
Byrne Piven
as Captain Mertin
Pamela Hayden
as Featured Character Voices
Ned Bellamy
as Derek Mantini
Erica Long
as Ballet Dancer
Richard Fancy
as Johnson Heyward
Yvonne Montelius
as Ballet Dancer
Dan Hansen
as Boy John Malkovich
Judith Wetzell
as Tiny Woman
Christine Krejer
as Ballet Dancer
Willie Garson
as Guy In Restaurant

Crew

Spike Jonze
Director
Sandy Stern
Producer
Michael Stipe
Producer
Vincent Landay
Producer
Steve Golin
Producer
Charlie Kaufman
Screenwriter
Lance Acord
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Björk
Songwriter
Eric Zumbrunnen
Editor
KK Barrett
Production Designer
Peter Andrus
Art Director
Michael Kuhn
Executive Producer
Charlie Kaufman
Executive Producer
Sloane U'ren
Set Designer
Fanee Aaron
Set Designer
Casey Storm
Costume Designer
Forrest Brakeman
Sound/Sound Designer
Ren Klyce
Sound/Sound Designer
Malcolm Fife
Sound/Sound Designer
Nick Peck
Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Patrick Smith
First Assistant Director
Peter Gulla
Camera Operator
Maxine Mahon
Choreography
Tony Maxwell
Choreography
Forrest Brakeman
Sound Mixer
Kimberly Davis-Wagner
Casting
Justine Baddeley
Casting
Andy Jenkins
Title Design
Wendy Horton
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Dan Bradley
Stunts Coordinator
John Cucci
Foley Artist
Daniel Radford
Visual Effects Supervisor
Sean Wimmer
Post Production Supervisor
Ryan Arndt
Special Effects Technician
Margaux Mackay
Visual Effects Producer
Barbara Gorden
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Jim Fealy
Additional Cinematography
Marvin Walowitz
Sound Effects Editor
Gilly Ruben
Production Supervisor
Gary Gegan
Re-Recording Mixer
Lori Guidroz
Hair Styles
Linda Lew
Foley Recordist
Matthew Iadarola
Re-Recording Mixer
Tim Clawson
Executive in Charge of Production
Tim Clawson
Unit Production Manager
Gray Marshall
Visual Effects Supervisor
Carol Lille
Head Animal Trainer
Curt Schulkey
Dialogue Editor
John Vulich
Makeup Special Effects
Peter A. Ramsey
Storyboard Artist
Michelle Madden
Casting Associate
Greg Lazzaro
Location Manager
Lynn Barron
Makeup
Richard L. Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor
Shari Gray
Costume/Wardrobe
Pacific Title
Title Design
Daphne Flescher
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Gucci Westman
Makeup Supervisor
Joe Hutshing
Additional Editing
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