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  • Apr 29, 2009
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I was pleasantly surprised by this relatively unknown film that has themes of racism, McCarthyism and definately pokes fun at the sterile comedies of the 50's like Leave it to Beaver. Both Toby McGuire and Reese Weatherspoon are excellent as twins who are transported to the world of a 50's comedy (Pleasantville) that they were watching and had a fight over the tv remote.

The world is in black and white and the people are always happy. As Witherspoon and McGuire make changes, the people start to go from being black and white to color and some may feel they are destroying Eden (there is even a scene with McGuire eating an apple from his girlfriend and causing a lot of change as a result).

Should not be missed!

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Theatrical poster Directed by Gary Ross Produced by Steven Soderbergh,
Gary Ross,
Jon Kilik
Bob Degus Written by Gary Ross Starring Tobey Maguire
Joan Allen
Reese Witherspoon
William H. Macy
Jeff Daniels
Paul Walker
J. T. Walsh
Don Knotts
Jane Kaczmarek
Marley Shelton Music by Randy Newman Editing by William Goldenberg Distributed by New Line Cinema Release date(s) September 17, 1998 (1998-09-17) Running time 124 minutes Country United States Language English Budget $40 million Gross revenue $49,805,462

Pleasantville is a 1998 fantasy comedy/drama film written, produced, and directed by Gary Ross. Released by New Line Cinema, Pleasantville stars Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Marley Shelton, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, and Jeff Daniels. Don Knotts, Paul Walker, Jane Kaczmarek, and J. T. Walsh are also featured.

This was J. T. Walsh's last film, released after his death. The film was released in the United States on October 23, 1998.

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Director: Gary Ross
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 23, 1998
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Gary Ross
Runtime: 2hrs 3min
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