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American Beauty


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Oscar-winning black comedy starring
Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham , a disillusioned father who's suffering midlife meltdown and is increasingly alienated from grasping estate-agent wife Carolyn, sullen daughter Jane and his neighbours. So when he loses his job, Lester's response is a return to an adolescent hedonism that brings about chaos. Film of the Day: page 41.
Director Sam Mendes (1999,18)
Followed by Holiday Weather


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

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