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Universal acclaim- based on 560 Ratings

Summary: Provoked by forbidden passions, Lester Burnham (Spacey) decides to make a few changes in his rut of a life, changes that are less midlife crisis than adolescence reborn. The freer he gets, the happier he gets, which is even more maddening to his wife, Carolyn (Bening), and daughter Jane (Birch) --especially when he turns his lustful gaze toward Jane's friend, the sultry Angela (Suvari). (Dreamworks SKG)
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Runtime: 122 min
Rating: Rated R for strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content.
Production: DreamWorks SKG
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Oct 24, 2000
Director Credit
Sam Mendes Director
Writer Credit
Alan Ball Written By
Principal Cast Credit
Annette Bening Carolyn Burnham
Kevin Spacey Lester Burnham
Cast Credit
Allison Janney Barbara Fitts
Ara Celi Sale House Woman #1
Barry Del Sherman Brad Dupree
Chris Cooper Col. Frank Fitts, USMC
Fort Atkinson Sale House Man #2
John Cho Sale House Man #1
Mena Suvari Angela Hayes
Peter Gallagher Buddy Kane
Sam Robards Jim Berkley
Scott Bakula Jim Olmeyer
Sue Casey Sale House Woman #2
Thora Birch Jane Burnham
Wes Bentley Ricky Fitts
Producer Credit
Alan Ball Co-Producer
Bruce Cohen Producer
Dan Jinks Producer
Stan Wlodkowski Co-Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: