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Release Date: December 6th, 2002

DVD Release Date: May 20th, 2003

R|1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary
Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald (Nicolas Cage). While struggling to adapt "The Orchid Thief," by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean's book, become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others'.

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Judy Greer, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Director: Spike Jonze

Genres: Comedy drama, Drama

Production Co: Clinica Estetico, InterMedia Film Equities Ltd.

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: New York City, Transformation, 2000s, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's a testament to Cage's canny performance and Jonze's seamless use of special effects that you believe Charlie and Donald are two entirely different people. show more

  • Adaptation, like "Being John Malkovich" before it, is far from a well-made film, even on its own flaky terms. But it's a brave, sometimes brilliant one, with a phantasmagoric ending, full of love and hope, that defeats prose description. Never was an adaptation more original.

  • Screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. It's magic. show more

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Awards

Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Winner Screenplay (Adapted)
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture