Nicolas Cage
Director: Spike Jonze Cast: Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage
, Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
, Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
Spike Jonze


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The creative team behind Being John Malkovich -- director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman -- return with this equally offbeat comedy, in which Kaufman himself becomes the leading character. Charlie Kaufman (Nicolas Cage) is a gifted but profoundly neurotic screenwriter who, after the success of Being John Malkovich, has been hired to write a script adapted from the nonfiction book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. But while Charlie is obsessive about his work, he's also intensely paranoid, given to deep depression, socially inept, and terrified of talking to women, qualities which are making it difficult to get on with his work or hold on to his tenuous relationship with girlfriend Amelia (Cara Seymour). Meanwhile, Charlie's identical twin brother, Donald Kaufman (also played by Cage), has shown up to move in with his brother. Emotionally, Donald is Charlie's polar opposite -- a loudmouthed, over-confident, superficial party animal who has an easy way with the ladies. Donald has decided to follow his brother's footsteps and take up screenwriting as well, but embracing the dictates of screenwriting tutor Robert McKee (Brian Cox), he's cranking out a cliché-ridden serial-killer thriller when not busy making time with new girlfriend Caroline (Maggie Gyllenhaal). As Donald blazes through his screenplay, Charlie slowly picks away at his story, in which author Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) chronicles John Laroche (Chris Cooper), a scruffy but devoted plant enthusiast who tries to save rare species of orchids by stealing them from their natural home in the swamps of Florida. As John and Susan become better acquainted, they find themselves attracted to one another; similarly, Charlie finds himself increasingly fascinated with Susan, and finds himself falling in love with her, even though he's only seen her photo on the dust jacket of her book. Charlie arranges to meet Susan, but is too nervous to confront her face to face, so he sends Donald (who has just scored a seven-figure deal for his script) in his place, while he attends a screenwriting seminar held by McKee. Adaptation also features Tilda Swinton, Judy Greer, and Stephen Tobolowsky.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2020
UPC: 0826663207866
Original Release: 2002
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Sales rank: 10,305

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Charlie Kaufman,Donald Kaufman
Meryl Streep Susan Orlean
Chris Cooper John Laroche
Brian Cox Robert McKee
Tilda Swinton Valerie
Cara Seymour Amelia
Judy Greer Alice the Waitress
Maggie Gyllenhaal Caroline
Ron Livingston Marty
Jay Tavare Matthew Osceola
Stephen Tobolowsky Neely
Peter Jason Defense Attorney
Curtis Hanson Orlean's Husband
Catherine Keener Herself
John Malkovich Himself
Lance Acord Himself

Technical Credits
Spike Jonze Director
Lance Acord Cinematographer
Peter Andrus Art Director
Justine Baddeley Casting
KK Barrett Production Designer
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Kimberly Davis-Wagner Casting
Jonathan Demme Producer
Gray Matter FX Special Effects
Donald Kaufman Screenwriter
Charlie Kaufman Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Landay Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Saraf Executive Producer
Edward Saxon Producer
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Patrick Smith Asst. Director
Casey Storm Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Zumbrunnen Editor

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