American Beauty

American Beauty (1999)

8.3 1,021,053
R
2h 2min
Drama

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.

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American Beauty (1999)

8.3 1,021,053
R
2h 2min
Drama

Stars: Kevin Spacey Annette Bening Thora Birch

Writer: Alan Ball

Director: Sam Mendes

StoryLine

After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change ...

Cast

Writer: Alan Ball

Director: Sam Mendes

Actors

  • Kevin Spacey

    Kevin Spacey

    Lester Burnham
  • Annette Bening

    Annette Bening

    Carolyn Burnham
  • Thora Birch

    Thora Birch

    Jane Burnham
  • Wes Bentley

    Wes Bentley

    Ricky Fitts
  • Mena Suvari

    Mena Suvari

    Angela Hayes
  • Peter Gallagher

    Peter Gallagher

    Buddy Kane
  • Allison Janney

    Allison Janney

    Barbara Fitts
  • Chris Cooper

    Chris Cooper

    Colonel Fitts
  • Scott Bakula

    Scott Bakula

    Jim Olmeyer
  • Sam Robards

    Sam Robards

    Jim Berkley
  • Barry Del Sherman

    Barry Del Sherman

    Brad
  • Ara Celi

    Ara Celi

    Sale House Woman #1
  • John Cho

    John Cho

    Sale House Man #1
  • Fort Atkinson

    Sale House Man #2
  • Sue Casey

    Sale House Woman #2

Details

Genres
Drama
Official Website
Country
USA
Languages
English
Filming Locations
11388 Homedale Street, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Also Known As
American Beauty
Budget
$15,000,000
Gross
$356,296,601
Sound Mix
DTS
Color
Black & White
Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1
Production Company
DreamWorks
Jinks/Cohen Company
Taglines
look closer
Plot Keywords
adulterous wife
cheating wife
midlife crisis
unfaithful wife
virginity