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American Beauty


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Oscar-winning black comedy. Lester Burnham , a disillusioned father suffering mid-life meltdown, is increasingly alienated from his grasping, estate agent wife Carolyn, sullen teenage daughter Jane and neighbours. So when he loses his job, Lester's response is a return to adolescent hedonism that throws his family and the all-American suburb into chaos. Review page 51.
Director Sam Mendes (1999, 18) (AD) Rim highlights: page 49


Unknown: Lester Burnham
Director: Sam Mendes
Lester Burnham: Kevin Spacey
Carolyn Burnham: Annette Bening
Jane Burnham: Thora Birch
Ricky Fitts: Wes Bentley
Angela Hayes: Mena Suvari
Buddy Kane: Peter Gallagher
Barbara Fitts: Allison Janney
Jim Olmeyer: Scott Bakula
Jim Berkley: Sam Robards
Colonel Fitts: Chris Cooper

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