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American Beauty is a brilliant film written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes. It is a movie that captivates you from begining to end and is one you will want to see again and again. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, a forty two year old writer, who lives with his wife Caroline,played by Annette Bening, and daughter Jane,played by Thora Birch . Spacey is an under-sexed father who is unhappy with his job and neglected by his family. He frequently has fantasies about his daughter's friend Angela Hayes,played by Mena Suvari. Bening is an over-achieving,struggeling, real estate agent who longs to be the best agent in town, just like Buddy "The King" Kane,played by Peter Gallagher. Birch is suffering from the traumas of teenage life and thinks her parents should take a more active role. She meets the new boy next door,Ricky Fitts,played by Wes Bentley,and discovers she is not the only one dealing with the punches life throws. Each character takes you on their journey of re-birth, as they learn valuable lessons in life and re-discover themselves. If you have yet to see the film it is a must. American Beauty is rated "R".

WHAT DO THE CRITICS HAVE TO SAY?

STEPHEN COLE-Toronto National Post

"…it is (Mendes’) fearlessness, cinematic grace…and probing intelligence that makes ‘American Beauty’ the rare Hollywood film that demands a second viewing."

"…newcomer Wes Bentley in a star-making turn…"

PETER TRAVERS-Rolling Stone

"Is the film farce, tragedy, thriller, fantasy, sitcom, skin flick or moral fable? Yes to all of the above."

"(Thora) Birch…glimmers with grown-up radiance…"

RICHARD SHICKEL-Time Magazine

"…the energy and conviction (Mendes) and his cast bring to this movie do not permit second thoughts—at least until you are outside the theater, trying to shake off its mysterious spell."

SUSAN WLOSZCZYNA -USA Today

The world could be an ‘American Beauty’ bed of roses come Oscar time."

Many of you have e-mailed me regarding the song playing when Angela and Lester are alone. Well folks it's called Don't let it bring you down by Annie Lennox and it is on her Medusa album. It won't let me put a direct link to the song but if you cut and paste the address below you can listen to it perfectly :)

http://muze.liquidaudio.com/cgi-bin/playg2.pl?743212571721_01_04

THE MARCH 12TH/2000 SAG AWARDS

THE MARCH 26TH/2000 ACADEMY AWARDS

American Beauty wins 5 Oscars including Best Picture,Best Director,Best Actor,Cinematography and Best Screenplay

Watch The American Beauty Trailer

Watch your favorite American Beauty Clips

Do we have to listen to this elevator music?

Angela meets Lester

Jane and Angela argue over Ricky

Busted at Mr.Smiley's

Pass the asparagus

Toronto Film Festival 1999 photos

BBC Toronto Film Festival American Beauty Report

PHOTOS FROM THE FILM AMERICAN BEAUTY

The Burnham Home

Lester Burnham

Lester and Caroline Burnham

Jane Burnham and Ricky Fitts

Angela Hayes

Colonel Fitts

Buddy "The King" Kane

Jane and Angela having a smoke at school

Jane and Angela in the Burnham kitchen

Angela floating on the ceiling in Lester's dream

MORE FILM PHOTOS

Click on rose for an amazing interview with the American Beauty cast

Kevin Spacey's American Beauty Premier interview (low rez)
Kevin Spacey's American Beauty Premier interview (high rez)
Kevin Spacey on CBC television

Annette Bening's American Beauty Premier interview (low rez)
Annette Bening's American Beauty Premier interview (high rez)

Mena Suvari's American Beauty Premier interview (low rez)
Mena Suvari's American Beauty Premier interview (high rez)
Mena's Texas American Beauty Premier interview (low rez)

Wes Bentley's American Beauty Premier interview (low rez)
Wes Bentley's American Beauty Premier interview (high rez)

Amazing Wes Interview click video to watch

Thora Birch at the Texas AB Premier (low rez)

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

THORA BIRCH

MENA SUVARI

WES BENTLY

ANNETTE BENING

KEVIN SPACEY

THE AMERICAN BEAUTY CLUBHOUSE

Unfortunatly the links for the score are no longer availible. I have yet to buy it..but when I do I will repost the song selections.

I created this website because I think American Beauty is one of the most brilliant and wonderful films I have yet to see. I hope other fans of the film enjoy the information on the site as well. If you have any comments or anything you would like to discuss about the film please feel free to post on The American Beauty Message Board. Any offensive messages will be removed.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you make it a habit to come back again and again. If you have yet to see American Beauty I recommend you get yourself to the theatre!

This website was created by Shelly Reid

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this site was last updated April 18th/2000

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