2002   USA Adaptation.
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Director:Spike Jonze
Studio:Sony Pictures
Writer:Susan Orlean, Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman
IMDb Rating:7.8 (77,092 votes)
Awards:Won Oscar. Another 39 wins & 45 nominations
Duration:115 min
Spike Jonze  ...  (Director)
Susan Orlean, Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman  ...  (Writer)
Nicolas Cage  ...  Charlie Kaufman
Tilda Swinton  ...  Valerie Thomas
Meryl Streep  ...  Susan Orlean
Chris Cooper  ...  John Laroche
Jay Tavare  ...  Matthew Osceola
Litefoot  ...  Russell
Roger Willie  ...  Randy
Jim Beaver  ...  Ranger Tony
Cara Seymour  ...  Amelia Kavan
Doug Jones  ...  Augustus Margary
Stephen Tobolowsky  ...  Ranger Steve Neely
Gary Farmer  ...  Buster Baxley
Peter Jason  ...  Defense Attorney
Gregory Itzin  ...  Prosecutor
Curtis Hanson  ...  Orlean's Husband
Carter Burwell  ...  Composer
Lance Acord  ...  Cinematographer
Eric Zumbrunnen  ...  Editor
Summary: Twisty brilliance from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, the team who created Being John Malkovich. Nicolas Cage returns to form with a funny, sad, and sneaky performance as Charlie Kaufman, a self-loathing screenwriter who has been hired to adapt Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. Frustrated and infatuated by Orlean's elegant but plotless book (which is largely a rumination on flowers), Kaufman begins to write a screenplay about himself trying to write a screenplay about The Orchid Thief, all the while hounded by his twin brother Donald (Cage again), who's cheerfully writing the kind of formulaic action movie that Kaufman finds repugnant. By its conclusion, Adaptation is the most artistically ambitious, most utterly cynical, and most uncategorizable movie ever to come out of Hollywood. Also starring Meryl Streep (as Susan Orlean), Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, and Brian Cox; superb performances throughout. --Bret Fetzer

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