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Twisty brilliance from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, the team who created Being John Malkovich. Nicolas Cage returns to form with a funny, sad, and sneaky performance as Charlie Kaufman, a self-loathing screenwriter who has been hired to adapt Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. Frustrated and infatuated by Orlean's elegant but plotless book (which is largely a rumination on flowers), Kaufman begins to write a screenplay about himself trying to write a screenplay about The Orchid Thief, all the while hounded by his twin brother Donald (Cage again), who's cheerfully writing the kind of formulaic action movie that Kaufman finds repugnant. By its conclusion, Adaptation is the most artistically ambitious, most utterly cynical, and most uncategorizable movie ever to come out of Hollywood. Also starring Meryl Streep (as Susan Orlean), Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, and Brian Cox; superb performances throughout. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Superbit DVDs utilize a special high bit rate digital transfer process that optimizes video quality and offers a choice of both DTS and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio. All Superbit DVDs start with high definition masters and double the bit rate of the original release.
  • All Superbit DVDs are widescreen presentations in the original language. Other languages are subtitled.
  • Cast and Filmmaker Filmographies
  • Trailer
  • Animated Menus
  • Scene Selections

Cast

Nicolas CageCharlie Kaufman/Donald Kaufman
Tilda SwintonValerie Thomas
Meryl StreepSusan Orlean
Chris CooperJohn Laroche
Jay TavareMatthew Osceola
LitefootRussell
Roger WillieRandy
Jim BeaverRanger Tony
Cara SeymourAmelia Kavan
Doug JonesAugustus Margary
Stephen TobolowskyRanger Steve Neely
Gary FarmerBuster Baxley
David O. RussellOrlean Dinner Guest
Judy GreerAlice the Waitress
Maggie GyllenhaalCaroline Cunningham
Bob StephensonDavid
Ron LivingstonMarty Bowen
Brian CoxRobert McKee
John CusackHimself
Spike JonzeHimself
Catherine KeenerHerself
John MalkovichHimself
Rheagan WallaceKim Canetti

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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Spike Jonze
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 114 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 10, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 1, 2003
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