Adaptation (2003) USA
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Director:Spike Jonze
Studio:Sony Pictures
Producer:Vincent Landay, Jonathan Demme, Edward Saxon
Writer:Susan Orlean, Charlie Kaufman
Rating:3.5 (303 votes)
Date Added:2007-10-21
Awards:Won Oscar, Another 42 wins & 49 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Languages:English, French
Subtitles:English, French
Spike Jonze  ...  (Director)
Susan Orlean, Charlie Kaufman  ...  (Writer)
Jim Beaver  ...  Ranger Tony
Nicolas Cage  ...  Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman
Chris Cooper  ...  John Laroche
Brian Cox  ...  
Gary Farmer  ...  Buster Baxley
Tilda Swinton  ...  Valerie Thomas
Meryl Streep  ...  Susan Orlean
Jay Tavare  ...  Matthew Osceola
Litefoot  ...  Russell (as G. Paul Davis)
Roger Willie  ...  Randy
Cara Seymour  ...  Amelia Kavan
Doug Jones  ...  Augustus Margary
Stephen Tobolowsky  ...  Ranger Steve Neely (scenes deleted)
Peter Jason  ...  Defense Attorney
Gregory Itzin  ...  Prosecutor
Curtis Hanson  ...  Orlean's Husband
Nicholas Cage  ...  
Summary: Twisty brilliance from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, the team who created "Being John Malkovich". Nicolas Cage returns to form with a funny, sad, and sneaky performance as Charlie Kaufman, a self-loathing screenwriter who has been hired to adapt Susan Orlean's book "The Orchid Thief" into a screenplay. Frustrated and infatuated by Orlean's elegant but plotless book (which is largely a rumination on flowers), Kaufman begins to write a screenplay about himself trying to write a screenplay about "The Orchid Thief", all the while hounded by his twin brother Donald (Cage again), who's cheerfully writing the kind of formulaic action movie that Kaufman finds repugnant. By its conclusion, "Adaptation" is the most artistically ambitious, most utterly cynical, and most uncategorizable movie ever to come out of Hollywood. Also starring Meryl Streep (as Susan Orlean), Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, and Brian Cox; superb performances throughout. "--Bret Fetzer"