American beauty [videorecording] / Dreamworks Pictures presents ; directed by Sam Mendes ; written by Alan Ball ; produced by Bruce Cohen & Dan Jinks ; a Jinks/Cohen Company production.
Other Titles: American beauty (Motion picture).
Edition: Awards ed.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, c2000.
Description: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Subject: Midlife crisis Drama.
Suburban life Drama.
Midlife crisis Drama.
Suburban life Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Videos (DVD). local
Credits: Director of photography, Conrad L. Hall ; costume design, Julie Weiss ; production designer, Naomi Shohan ; editors, Tariq Anwar, Christopher Greenbury ; music, Thomas Newman ; co-producers, Alan Ball, Stan Wlodkowski.
Performers: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: R.
Notes: English language soundtrack (DTS 5.1 surround, Dolby surround or Dolby digital 5.1 surround) ; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.
Originally released as motion picture in 1999.
Bonus features: American beauty: look closer ... a behind the scenes featurette ; film commentary with director Sam Mendes and writer Alan Ball ; storyboard presentation with commentary by Sam Mendes and director of photography, Conrad L. Hall ; cast and crew biographies ; two theatrical trailers ; production notes ; plus additional DVD-ROM features.
Academy Awards: Best actor (Spacey), Best picture, Best director, Best cinematography, Best original screenplay.
Summary: An emotionally & spiritually comatose suburban man decides "to hell with it all" and reverts to living as he did when he was happiest--as a carefree teenager. His desperately uptight wife and sullen daughter can only look on as he quits his corporate job to become a burger flipper, starts getting high with a strange new neighbor (whose parents are even stranger) and lusts after a pouty blonde teenager--his daughter's best friend.