• Pleasantville (1998)


Release Date: October 23rd, 1998

DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 1999

PG-13 |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

Impressed by high school student David's (Tobey Maguire) devotion to a 1950s family TV show, a mysterious television repairman (Don Knotts) provides him with a means to escape into the black-and-white program with his sister, Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon). While David initially takes to the simplistic, corny world of the show, Jennifer sets about jolting the characters with doses of reality that unexpectedly bring a little color into their drab existence.

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J.T. Walsh, Reese Witherspoon, Don Knotts, Paul Walker

Director: Gary Ross

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Sister, Transformation, 1990s, Growing up, Lighthearted, Family, Small town, Temptation, Creative, Mother, 1950s, Father

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Not only is Pleasantville a satire, a fantasy, and a visual marvel, but it's the best kind of feel-good movie. show more

  • 88
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    Giddily inventive. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The kind of parable that encourages us to re-evaluate the good old days and take a fresh look at the new world we so easily dismiss as decadent. show more

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