Pleasantville

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Overall Satisfaction
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Value
4.7
Ease of Use
4.7
Performance

Outstanding

by Jun Namja on 4/28/1999

This film was an outstanding and beatiful film...it's visual effects were simply amazing...also it had very good story line...alothough i was little disappointed how the humor presented in the beggining was totally gone towards to end..but over all it was

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by Kevin on 4/30/1999

I thought there was way too much emphasis put on sex as being the answer to everyone's problems. The focus on sex cheapened the film in my eyes. As long as you don't have to watch the film with your parents or your children, however, you will enjoy it as a film with some beautiful shots and special effects.

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Product Overview

Life imitates art when two modern-day teenagers get sucked into the too-perfect, black-and-white world of a 1950s sitcom. Trapped and trying to find a way home, the two find themselves bringing color to the lives of pleasantville's rigid, naive townspeople.

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Studio New Line
SKU 40110000
UPC 794043472824
UPC 14 00794043472824
Format DVD
Release Date 6/1/2004
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Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Actors
Name Tobey Maguire
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Name Reese Witherspoon
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Name Jeff Daniels
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Name Joan Allen
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Directors
Name Gary Ross
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Cast & Crew
Don Knotts - Actor
J.T. Walsh - Actor
Jeff Daniels - Actor
Joan Allen - Actor
Reese Witherspoon - Actor
Tobey Maguire - Actor
William H. Macy - Actor
Gary Ross - Director
John Lindley - Director of Photography
Randy Newman - Musical Score
Gary Ross - Producer
Gary Ross - Writer
Awards
Oscar (1999) Jay Hart, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction--Set Decoration,Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score
Reviews
ReviewSource Dallas Observer
Review [Writer/Directorr Gary Ross has] taken the ancient comedy riff of the fish-out-of-water and refashioned it as a hilarious but surprisingly dark allegory about sexual repression and social intolerance. The satiric messages sneak up on you, but they arrive just the same... this uncommonly clever, surprisingly poignant fairy tale packs a social wallop that we're not quite prepared for.
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Reviewer Bill Gallo
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Boxoffice Magazine
Review ...William H. Macy and Joan Allen are impeccable, nailing their characters' obliviousness without dehumanizing them... Pleasantville cleverly satirizes those who preach the virtues of rigid family values and conformity, but avoids controversy by wrapping its message up in a delightful and brilliant special effects-laden package.
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Reviewer Shlomo Schwartzberg
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review Maguire and Witherspoon are outstanding as the youngsters; and Macy and Allen are a fine casting stroke, with Allen in particular bringing touching overtones to what could have been a one-note role. Daniels also offers unexpected poignancy. The director and special-effects team also deserve credit for their handling of color; not only is it technically remarkable but it becomes a key element in the story-telling. If you focus on the slow colorization, you see less of the innocuous satire and more that's mysterious and dreamlike.
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Reviewer Walter Addiego
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Platinum Series
Quotes
Janet Maslin, The New York Times An ingenious fantasy...great fun!
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...excellent performances and striking visual design...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...one of the year's best and most original films...

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