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Release Date: November 5th, 1999

DVD Release Date: May 2nd, 2000

R|1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary
In this quirky cult-favorite comedy, unemployed New York City puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) reluctantly takes a temp job as a filing clerk for the eccentric Dr. Lester (Orson Bean). While at work, Craig discovers a portal that leads into the mind of renowned actor John Malkovich. When he lets his attractive co-worker Maxine (Catherine Keener) in on the secret, they begin both an unusual business scheme and an odd relationship that involves Craig's restless wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz).

Cast: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, John Malkovich, Charlie Sheen, Ned Bellamy

Director: Spike Jonze

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Propaganda Films, Single Cell Pictures, Gramercy Pictures

Distributors: USA Films

Keywords: Love, Wife, 1990s, Offbeat, Office, Creative, Transformation, New York City, Love triangle

Ratings & Reviews

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  • An ingenious, incredibly entertaining, Rorschach-blot meta-comedy based on a spec script (by first-timer Charlie Kaufman) that is completely unlike anything anyone has ever seen before.

  • So jaw-droppingly out there, so bracingly bizarre, and, much of the time, so fall-over-funny that even its flaws don't matter. Easily the oddest movie of the year, it is also one of the best.

  • Either Being John Malkovich gets nominated for best picture, or the members of the Academy need portals into their brains. show more

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Awards

Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)