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Being John Malkovich

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Director-approved two-DVD special ed.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, John Malkovich, Ned Bellamy, Octavia Spencer, W. Earl Brown, Carlos Jacott, Willie Garson, Charlie Sheen.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2012]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (113 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (unpaged : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)


MPAA rating: R.


Craig Schwartz is nearing the end of his string. A gifted street puppeteer, Craig nonetheless is coming up empty-cupped. In order to make some money, Craig's pet-obsessed wife encourages him to put his nimble fingers to good use and take a job as a filing clerk. One day he accidentally discovers a door-- a portal into the mind of John Malkovich. For 15 minutes, he experiences the ultimate head trip--HE is John Malkovich! Then he's dumped out onto the New Jersey turnpike. With his beautiful office mate Maxine, he hatches a plan to let others into Malkovich for just $200 a trip. But this is only the beginning.


Title from container.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1999.

Special features: restored digital transfer supervised by director Spike Jonze ; selected-scene audio commentary featuring filmmaker Michel Gondry ; behind-the-scenes documentary by filmmaker Lance Bangs ; conversation between actor John Malkovich and humorist John Hodgman ; interview with Jonze in which he discusses his on-set photos ; two films within the film: "7 1/2 floor orientation" and "'American arts & culture' presents John Horatio Malkovich: 'Dance of despair and disillusionment'" ; An intimate portrait of the art of puppeteering, a documentary by Bangs ; trailer and TV spots.

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