American Beauty | 1999

Drama, Comedy
A middle class family reveals itself to be anything but normal.
Director: Sam Mendes
Writers: Alan Ball
Awards: 5 Oscar wins. Another 25 wins & 16 nominations | full awards »

Cast

... Lester Burnham

Actor

... Carolyn Burnham

Actor

... Jane Burnham

Actor

... Ricky Fitts

Actor

... Angela Hayes

Actor

... Buddy Kane

Actor

... Barbara Fitts

Actor

... Colonel Fitts

Actor

... Jim Olmeyer

Actor

... Jim Berkley

Actor

... Brad

Actor

... Sale House Woman No 1

Actor

Company

Alice Entertainment

Production Company

All at the Donmar Warehouse

Production Company

Production Company

DES Productions

Production Company

Deluxe Motion Picture Catering

Production Company

Synopsis

Lester Burnham's wife Carolyn, who's cheating on him, hates him, his daughter Jane regards him with contempt, and his boss is positioning him for the ax -- the typical suburban nightmare. When you've got nothing to lose, you might as well risk everything. Provoked by forbidden passions, Lester decides to make a few changes in his life that are less mid-life crisis than adolescence redux. The freer he gets, the happier he gets, which is even more maddening to wife and daughter alike. A pandora's box of fantasies as he begins lust after his daughter's over-developed friend. But Lester Burnham is about to learn that the ultimate freedom comes at the ultimate price.

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