Being John Malkovich Movie Review 1999

Information and Film Reviews for Being John Malkovich the Movie

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Very weird comedy is the debut feature for Jonze. High-strung street puppeteer Craig Schwartz (Cusack) is married to frumpy pet-store worker Lotte (an unrecognizable Diaz). Forced to take a job as an office clerk in a building on floor seven-and-a-half, Craig falls for office vixen, Maxine (Keener), but his big discovery is a sealed door that reveals a tunnel leading directly into actor John Malkovich's mind. Craig views the world through the actor's eyes for 15 minutes at a time and decides to profit on his findings. Things just get more surreal when both Lotte and Maxine get involved.


USA Home Entertainment, 1 W. Forest, Englewood, NJ 07631-4004, Phone: (201)871-1000, URL:

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 112 minutes.

Cast and Crew

New York, New York, Black Comedy, Marriage, Showbiz Comedies, Sanity Check
Charlie Kaufman
John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, Charlie Sheen
Lance Acord
Spike Jonze
Carter Burwell
Michael Stipe, Sandy Stern, Steve Golin, Michael Kuhn, Propaganda Films, Gramercy Pictures


British Acad. 1999: Orig. Screenplay; Ind. Spirit 2000: First Feature, First Screenplay; L.A. Film Critics 1999: Screenplay; MTV Movie Awards 2000: New Filmmaker (Jonze); N.Y. Film Critics 1999: Support. Actor (Malkovich), Support. Actress (Keener); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1999: Film, Screenplay.

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