|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.|
"...excellent performances and striking visual design... Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"...one of the year's best and most original films... Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Editor's NoteTwo modern American teenagers are sucked into their television set and end up living in a black-and-white fifties sitcom. Bewildered by their new world's naivete and innocence, they slowly start to add color and spice to the town's life. Eventually, however, they begin to question their influence, wondering if their advanced 90's attitudes are really that much better than those of the innocent past. Sterling effects and stand-out performances make this commentary on modern life a poignant, entertaining effort.
Cast & Crew
|William H. Macy|
|Gary Ross - Director|
|John Lindley - Director of Photography|
|Randy Newman - Musical Score|
|Gary Ross - Producer|
|Gary Ross - Writer|
|Jay Hart, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction--Set Decoration|
|Randy Newman, Nominee, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score|
Customer Reviews of Pleasantville
The first time I watched this movie, I was stunned at the message it contains. Having grown up as a child in the 50's, a teenager in the 60's, being a fibre artist, parent and now a grandparent, I recommend this movie for ANYONE who lives in our world. Not only is it visually stunning, superbly written, and beautifully presented by our acting community, it's a strong wake up call for our times.
This movie is one of my all-time favorites. It deserved so much more recognition than it got. Pleasantville tells the story of a brother and sister who get pulled into a 1950s TV show. They try to cope with the changes, but eventually idea and independent thought is sparked in the town. The people, shown in black and white, begin to change they are thinking, creating, exploring, and appreciating. I recommend this movie to anyone that wants to see a movie about human potential.
It's about freedom12/25/1999
Kevin from GA really missed the point with respect to this great movie. The answer is not sex, but understanding what freedom means and how important it is. Notice how Reese loses interest in sex and her materialistic views as she progresses in the movi
the plot is suitably... non-shallow, the cinematography is excellent, as is the acting. interesting how a movie like this could have more special effects than independence day... a very good chickflick overall...
Visually appealling and provocative7/20/1999
What starts out as a cute film with an interesting concept, turns into a visually lush and thought provoking subplot. It's commentary on the state of America in the days of innocence was not what it seemed. A very intelligent script that is beautifully acted. Joan Allen and Bill Macy are fabulous as with the rest of the cast. A truly marvelous film which leaves you thinking about the way things were and maybe ......still are.
Good Concept but...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.
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