Director: Gary Ross
Genre: Fantasy / Comedy / Drama
TagLine: Pleasantville- It's Just Around the Corner
Runtime: 124 min
Color: Black and White / Color (DeLuxe)
SoundMix: DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS
Certification: Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Chile:14 / Finland:S / France:U / Germany:6 (bw) / Hong Kong:IIA / Italy:T / Norway:7 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:12 / Spain:T / Sweden:7 / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / UK:12 / USA:PG-13
- Tobey Maguire ....... David
- Reese Witherspoon ....... Jennifer
- William H Macy ....... George Parker
- Joan Allen ....... Betty Parker
- Jeff Daniels ....... Mr Johnson
- JT Walsh ....... Big Bob
- Don Knotts ....... TV Repairman
- Marley Shelton ....... Margaret Henderson
- Jane Kaczmarek ....... David's Mom
- Giuseppe Andrews ....... Howard
- Jenny Lewis ....... Christin
- Marissa Ribisi ....... Kimmy
- Denise Dowse ....... Health Teacher
- McNally Sagal ....... Science Teacher
- Paul Morgan Stetler ....... College Counselor
Tobey Maguire is David, a teenage boy who finds escape from his unhappy home life by immersing himself in repeats of an old 1950's television show titled Pleasantville. While Mom is away for the weekend, David and his promiscuous sister, Jennifer, get in an argument over control of the television remote control.
Jennifer wants to watch MTV with her hot date that is on his way over and David wants to watch the Pleasantville marathon. They break the remote control and as luck would have it, a tv repairman, played by Don Knotts, shows up with a replacement. It turns out to be a very special replacement.
As the two try to pull the remote away from each other, they are transported into the world of Pleasantville. David and Jennifer try to adjust to life in black and white while looking for a way to get back home. Inadvertantly they have a major impact on Pleasantville. Pleasantville's citizens find thier world turned topsy-turvy and with it, they find that they have a lust for life and new experiences inside them.
David and Jennifer both learn a great deal about themselves in the meantime. While they are freeing the people of Pleasantville from their drab, mundane lives, they in turn free something in themselves. Pleasantville is never the same again and neither are David and Jennifer.
Pleasantville was nominated for three Academy Awards (Oscars) for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, and Best Music - Original Dramatic Score.
Although some people view Pleasantville as being a simplistic movie, it contains some deeper meanings and metaphors for the American culture in the 1950's and 1960's. There is a clear parallel to the discrimination of the "people of color" in the movie and the same kind of discrimination that black people in America went through in the 50's and 60's. It really is a metaphor for the way American media in the 50's and 60's portrayed life in America as being pure and wholesome and all good when behind the scenes the truth was darker and more chaotic.
Pleasantville is a really good movie. I've seen it a few times, and will ocassionally re-watch it when I see it on cable tv.
5/6 for me