Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey ) is a telemarketer, trapped in a cube and saddled with a little phone headset. At heart, he's lost and searching for meaning in his well-appointed but empty life. His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening) is a woman so obsessed with appearances that she matches the color of her shoes and her hedge clippers. Their daughter Jane (Thora Birch), is emotionally removed from them and is just serving time until she can escape her homelife.
But then Lester becomes obsessed with Angela (Mena Suvari), Jane's best friend, and decides (after blackmailing his boss) to change his life. The new neighbour Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley) confuses things even more. He is a troubled soul who pines for Jane and is befriended by her increasingly unstable father. All hell breaks lose in the family as carefully constructed illusions about their lives fall apart.
This month it will be Annette Bening`s 55th birthday. (May 29, 1958)
Release date: September 8, 1999
The movie was shot in Sacramento, California. The Burnham family house and their neighbors house were build in a studio backlot.
Best Actor in a Leading Role -> Kevin Spacey
Best Director -> Sam Mendes
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen ->Alan Ball
Best Actress in a Leading Role -> Annette Bening
Best Music, Original Score
Thora Birch was only 17, so filming her brief nude scene required permission from her parents.
The end credits extend special thanks to Dr. Bill & Alice. This is a reference to Eyes Wide Shut (1999), whose female lead, Nicole Kidman, appeared on stage in The Blue Room, also directed by Sam Mendes.
The American beauty rose was once popular but is no longer grown commercially. It was favored by first-generations Italians. An arrangement of American Beauty roses was made for the maid of honor in The Godfather during Connie’s wedding ceremony. Source / More (Book)
Kevin has a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
It’s located between Highland avenue and Orange Drive.
July 26, 1959
Kevin Spacey Fowler
Spacey grew up in South Orange, New Jersey. He enrolled at the Chatsworth High School where he managed to channel his dramatic tendencies into a successful amateur acting career. Kevin signed up with the New York Shakespeare Festival and his first professional stage appearance was as a messenger in the 1981 production of Henry VI.
Spacey's film career began modestly with a sinister office manager in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). 1995 proved to be a groundbreaking year for Kevin with the smooth-talking eyewitness Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects and the gritty and violent thriller Seven. In 1999, just four days after American Beauty (1999) opened in US theaters, Spacey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Kevin moved in 2003 to London, England, to become the artistic director of the Old Vic, one of the city's oldest theatres. Kevin's next movie's will be Edison (Summer 2005) and the Superman sequel Superman returns, due out in 2006. He is reunited with director Bryan Singer (The usual suspects).