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Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff, who enjoyed breakthrough success with his 1994 documentary Crumb, shifts gears as he examines the lives of two young women on the verge of leaving their adolescence behind in his first dramatic feature. Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) are two close friends who've just graduated from high school, and are trying to decide what to do with their lives. Enid is a dark-haired arch cynic who is tired of living at home with her ineffectual dad (Bob Balaban) and his annoyingly perky girlfriend Maxine (Teri Garr), while Rebecca is prettier and a bit cheerier, but no more certain about her future. While the two girls have vague plans of getting an apartment together, they seem content to while away their summer hanging out and indulging in their shared infatuation with Josh (Brad Renfro), a friend from school who works at a convenience store and doesn't seem to be especially attracted to either of them. Enid discovers that in order to get her diploma, she'll have to take an additional class over the summer, where she winds up studying art with Roberta (Illeana Douglas), who is determined to encourage Enid's creative impulses, whether Enid likes it or not. More significantly, Enid meets Seymour (Steve Buscemi), a geeky record collector more than twice her age, and while they would seem to have little in common (and Rebecca thinks he's a creep), Enid discovers a kindred spirit in fellow misfit Seymour, who shares her disgust with the world around them, and a relationship begins to develop between the two. Ghost World is based on the award-winning graphic novel by comic artist [[Performer~P291643~Daniel Clowes~danielclowes]], who also wrote the film's screenplay. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 16, 2001

Awards

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Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Society of Film Critics Steve Buscemi Best Supporting Actor 2001 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Steve Buscemi Best Supporting Actor 2001 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Steve Buscemi Best Supporting Actor 2001 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Steve Buscemi Best Supporting Actor [Runner-up] 2001 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Steve Buscemi Best Supporting Actor 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Steve Buscemi Best Supporting Actor 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steve Buscemi Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2001 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Thora Birch Best Actress 2001 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Thora Birch Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2001 Nominee
Toronto Film Critics Association Scarlett Johansson Best Supporting Actress 2001 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Terry Zwigoff Best Screenplay 2001 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Terry Zwigoff Best Screenplay [Runner-up] 2001 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Terry Zwigoff Best First Screenplay 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Terry Zwigoff Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Terry Zwigoff Best Adapted Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Terry Zwigoff Best Adapted Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Terry Zwigoff Best First Feature 2001 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Daniel Clowes Best Screenplay 2001 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Daniel Clowes Best Screenplay [Runner-up] 2001 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Daniel Clowes Best First Screenplay 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Daniel Clowes Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Daniel Clowes Best Adapted Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Daniel Clowes Best Adapted Screenplay 2001 Nominee

Crew

Terry Zwigoff
Director
John Malkovich
Producer
Lianne Halfon
Producer
Daniel Clowes
Screenwriter
Terry Zwigoff
Screenwriter
Affonso Beato
Cinematographer
David Kitay
Composer (Music Score)
Carole Kravetz
Editor
Edward Mcavoy
Production Designer
Alan Muraoka
Art Director
Pippa Cross
Executive Producer
Janette Day
Executive Producer
Lisa Fischer
Set Designer
Mary Zophres
Costume Designer
Mark Weingarten
Sound/Sound Designer
William Paul Clark
First Assistant Director
Cassandra Kulukundis
Casting
Barbara Hall
Line Producer
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