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American Beauty

122 min
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Sam Mendes
Won 5 Oscars. Another 109 wins & 81 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1999-10-01
Filming Locations: 11388 Homedale Street, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Budget: $15,000,000
Opening Weekend: $861,531 (USA) (19 September 1999)
Gross: $130,058,047 (USA) (4 June 2000)
Mena Suvari
Mena Suvari
American Beauty
Kevin Spacey
Lester Burnham
Annette Bening
Carolyn Burnham
Thora Birch
Jane Burnham
Wes Bentley
Ricky Fitts
Chris Cooper
Colonel Fitts
Peter Gallagher
Buddy Kane
Allison Janney
Barbara Fitts
Scott Bakula
Jim Olmeyer
Sam Robards
Jim Berkley
Barry Del Sherman
John Cho
Sale House Man #1
Fort Atkinson
Sale House Man #2
Sue Casey
Sale House Woman #2
Kent Faulcon
Sale House Man #3
Brenda Wehle
Sale House Women #4
Lisa Cloud
Sale House Women #4
Alison Faulk
Spartanette #1
Krista Goodsitt
Spartanette #2
Lily Houtkin
Spartanette #3
Carolina Lancaster
Spartanette #4
Mona Leah
Spartanette #5 (as Romana Leah)
Chekesha Van Putten
Spartanette #6 (as Chekesa Van Putten)
Emily Zachary
Spartanette #7
Nancy Anderson
Spartanette #8
Reshma Gajjar
Spartanette #9
Stephanie Rizzo
Spartanette #10
Heather Joy Sher
Playground Girl #1
Chelsea Hertford
Playground Girl #2
Amber Smith
Christy Kane
Joel McCrary
Catering Boss
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Mr. Smiley's Counter Girl (Janine)
Dennis Anderson
Mr. Smiley's Manager
Matthew Kimbrough
Firing Range Attendant
Erin Cathryn Strubbe
Young Jane
Bruce Cohen
Bartender (uncredited)
Elaine Corral Kendall
Newscaster (uncredited)
David C. Fisher
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Tom Miller
Advertising Executive (uncredited)
Did you know?
Lester Burnham's phone number is 555-0199.
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Leelee Sobieski auditioned to play Jane.
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Jeff Daniels was also considered for the role of Lester Burnham.
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Carolyn is pulled to the side of the road in the Mercedes SUV in heavy rain, the windshield wipers are running in the wide shot, shut off in the dolly shot through the drivers door window on Carolyn and running again with the camera continuing the shot inside the passenger compartment.
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The dining room table is set with 6 crystal/glass candle holders with white candles when Jane crosses the room to the window to see if Ricky Fitts is still watching her but during both dinner scenes/sequences with the family at the table we see only 4 holders when the candles are lit.
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When Ricky Fitts walks from the house to Colonel Fitts washing his SUV, the garden hose is relatively straight. Later shots (Lester jogs up to and introduces himself to Ricky's father) reveal it to be serpentine.
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Carolyn Burnham: What are you doing?
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Carolyn Burnham: I will sell this house today, I will sell this house today.
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Ricky Fitts: I was filming this dead bird.
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Photos from cast
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