Pleasantville


2h 3m 1998

Brief Synopsis

Pleasantville is a 1950s sitcom enjoying cult status on a contemporary cable channel. David loves it, but his sister Jennifer is too hip. When a mysterious TV repairman gives them a new remote control, the pair are transported into the world of Pleasantville like it or not. They find themselves trapped in an alternate reality where the town exists in black and white--in a white bread world without passion or violence. But the teenagers have also brought an unexpected--and double-edged--gift to Pleasantville: a sense of possibility that spreads like wildfire throughout the town. There can be no turning back once the citizens begin experiencing such strange wonders as sex, art, rain, and ideas. First it is a red rose, a blade of green grass, eyes turn hazel... flesh tones shock and anger with their beauty. Gradually, the infection spreads Pleasantville becomes divided--rife for the first time with stark differences as it attempts to grasp the kaleidoscopic new world before it.

Film Details

Also Known As
Välkommen till Pleasantville
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Fantasy
Satire
Period
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Synopsis

Pleasantville is a 1950s sitcom enjoying cult status on a contemporary cable channel. David loves it, but his sister Jennifer is too hip. When a mysterious TV repairman gives them a new remote control, the pair are transported into the world of Pleasantville like it or not. They find themselves trapped in an alternate reality where the town exists in black and white--in a white bread world without passion or violence. But the teenagers have also brought an unexpected--and double-edged--gift to Pleasantville: a sense of possibility that spreads like wildfire throughout the town. There can be no turning back once the citizens begin experiencing such strange wonders as sex, art, rain, and ideas. First it is a red rose, a blade of green grass, eyes turn hazel... flesh tones shock and anger with their beauty. Gradually, the infection spreads Pleasantville becomes divided--rife for the first time with stark differences as it attempts to grasp the kaleidoscopic new world before it.

Crew

Thomas A. Curran

Grip

G Roger Abell

On-Set Dresser

Jason Adams

Lighting

Christopher Ahern

Other

Amy Alarian

Electrician

Carl Aldana

Visual Effects

James Alesna

Production Assistant

Gary Alexander

Rerecording

Janice Alexander

Hair Assistant

Janice Alexander

Hair Stylist

Lordikim Allah

Song

Amirouche Allaoua

Production Assistant

Curtis T Allen

Special Effects

Peter Allen

Set Decorator

Michel Aller

Assistant Editor

Allen Alsobrook

Unit Production Manager

Allen Alsobrook

Coproducer

Milt Alvarez

Visual Effects

Charlene Amateau

Costumes

Pantelis M Anastasis

Other

Wayne Ancrum

Electrician

Robert Anderson

Sound Mixer

Angela Angove

Visual Effects

Joseph Antczak

Assistant Camera Operator

David Anthony

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Michael D Antunez

Transportation Coordinator

Fiona Apple

Song Performer

James Apted

Assistant Camera Operator

William David Arnold

Art Director

Bobby Arredondo

Grip

Mathias Aschkynazo

Video Assist/Playback

Vivian Ateer

Hair Stylist

Paul Aulicino

Assistant Sound Editor

Linda C Azevedo

Accountant

Audrey Azures

Hair Stylist

Robert J Babin

Grip

James Babineaux

Production

Scott Baker

Electrician

Jim Bandsuh

Visual Effects

Michael Barattini

Driver

Philip D Bartko

Special Effects

Steve Bartkowicz

Other

Michael Bauman

Production

Travis Baumann

Visual Effects

Gary A Beaird

Grip

Leslie N Beattie

On-Set Dresser

Karel Beck

Color

Jenny Behnke

Other

Andre S Belcher

Production Assistant

Jennifer M Bell

Hair Assistant

Ken Bellanca

Driver

Christine Benda

Production

Yudi Bennett

Assistant Director

Bruce Bernard

Special Thanks To

Mel Berns

Makeup Artist

Elizabeth Besio

Costumes

Robert Bezanilla

Production Assistant

Dennis R Bianchi

Sign Writer

Marc Bissaillon

Carpenter

Robin Bissell

Associate Producer

Robin Bissell

Song

Cynthia Black

Costumes

Charles F Blackman

Makeup Artist

Dewayne Blackwell

Song

Gary Blufer

Sound Editor

Russell Bobbitt

Property Master

Stella Bogh

Visual Effects

Rik Bomberger

Other

Pat Boone

Song Performer

Suzanne Bornstein

Dga Trainee

Andy Borowitz

Coproducer

Susan Borowitz

Coproducer

Tony Borrella

Driver

Gary Bourgeois

Rerecording

Harry Box

Electrician

Richard J Boyle

Grip

Brian Bozile

Production

Janice D Brandow

Hair Stylist

Terry Brann

Special Thanks To

Max Brehme

Swing Gang

Logan Breit

Editor

Jeff Bresin

Special Effects

Robert Bright

Driver

Jon Brion

Song

Randy Bristow

Stand-In

Rick Broderman

Other

Shawn J. Broes

Editor

Christopher S Brooks

Music Editor

Brendan B Brown

Song

Craig Brown

Grip

David Brown

Grip

Lance Brown

Sound Designer

Lisa Brown

Music Coordinator

Malcolm Brown

Camera Operator

Arron Bryson

Projectionist

Ray Bulinski

Craft Service

Bruce Bullock

Other

Floyd Burks

Lighting

Mark Burnett

Video

Ashley Burnham

Art Department Coordinator

Noel Butcher

Special Effects

Carol Byron

Production Assistant

Susan Cabral

Makeup Artist

George Callins

Lighting

Colin G Campbell

Other

Eddie A Canett

Driver

Kyle Carden

Grip

Richard L Carden

Dolly Grip

Scott Carden

Grip

Javier Carillo

Foreman

Ozzie Carmona

Color Correction

Roberto M Carneiro

Costumes

Robert Carr

Song

Richard Cassel

Color

Dale Caughey

Other

Jacob Chambers

Stunts

Ryan Chan

Production Assistant

Estee Chandler

Visual Effects

Ontiveros Charles

Production

Steve Charnow

Electrician

Ted Chu

Camera Assistant

Lisa Clampitt

Art Assistant

Janis Clark

Hair Stylist

Dan Clarke

Other

Kelly Clear

Electrician

Timothy Cleary

Sign Writer

Joseph P Clem

Other

Kathleen Clements

Animal Trainer

Henry Cline

Camera Operator

Bradley Clouse

Assistant Sound Editor

Glenn Clyatt

Color

Jerry Clyatt

Color

Bill Coffen

Art Department

Tommy Cole

Makeup Artist

Raul Colletta

Video Playback

Vicki Collins

Video

Rick Colosimo

Grip

Caesar M Condes

Production Assistant

Bill Condit

Driver

Judy Cook

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Virginia Cook-mcgowan

Dialogue Editor

Bruno Coon

Music Editor

Bruno Coon

Song

Stephanie Cooney

Scenic Artist

Nicolle Cornute

Other

Clare Corsick

Hair Stylist

Frank Lucky Costello

Other

Joe Couillard

Sign Writer

Colin Couto

Production

Steve Craft

Assistant Camera Operator

Sharon Iris Crall

Costumes

Erin Cullen

Visual Effects

Chris Culliton

Other

Scott Curtis

Foley Editor

Gary D'amico

Special Effects

Jay Dahlquist

Production

Tommy Dangeil

Production

John Dardis

Other

David Davenport

Costumes

Roscoe Davidson

Foreman

John Davies

Other

Don Davis

Music Arranger

Miles Davis

Song

Miles Davis

Song Performer

Tex Davis

Song

Willie Dawkins

Other

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Michael De Luca

Executive Producer

Lara Deakin

Animal Trainer

Kevin B Dean

Grip

Richard Dean

Makeup

Christopher Deangelis

Editor

Dave Degaetano

Construction Coordinator

Douglas A Degrazzio

Video Playback

Linda Degus

Production Assistant

Robert J Degus

Producer

Al Demarco

Electrician

Paul Desmond

Song

Matt Dessero

Visual Effects

Joe Devane

Driver

Scott Devereaux

Assistant Location Manager

Jane Devries Cooper

Casting Associate

Tom Dias

Driver

David Dies

Other

Renee Dipinto

Hair Stylist

Christian E Dirkes

Grip

Craig Dobie

Key Rigging Grip

Shirley Dolle

Hair Stylist

Hugo Dominguez

Color

Walter Donaldson

Song

Tim Donelan

Swing Gang

Jacob Doran

Production Assistant

Jake Doran

Production Assistant

Dallas Dornan

Costumes

Jason Dost

Lighting

Cyril Drabinsky

Special Thanks To

Michael Dressel

Foley Editor

Michael Driscoll

On-Set Dresser

Joe Dubs

Visual Effects

Michael Duenas

Special Effects

Film Details

Also Known As
Välkommen till Pleasantville
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Fantasy
Satire
Period
Release Date
1998
Distribution Company
NEW LINE CINEMA (NEW LINE)
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 3m

Award Nominations

Best Art Direction

1998
Jeannine Oppewall

Best Art Direction

1998
Dianne Wager

Best Costume Design

1998
Judianna Makovsky

Best Original Score

1998
Randy Newman

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 1998 award for Best Supporting Actress (Joan Allen) from the Chicago Film Critics Assoication.

Winner of the 1998 award for Best Supporting Actress (Joan Allen) from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Winner of the 1998 award for Excellence in Costume Design for Film by the Costume Designers Guild (CDG).

Winner of the 1998 Broadcast Film Critics Association award for Best Supporting Actress (Joan Allen, tied with Kathy Bates for "Primary Colors"). Nominated for the Best Picture Award.

Winner of the 1998 Vision Award for Producing from the Producers Guild of America.

Winner of two 1998 awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Joan Allen) and Best Original Score (Randy Newman) from the Online Film Critics Society.

Winner of two 1998 awards, including Best Supporting Actress (Joan Allen), and Best Production Design from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Winner of two 1998 Golden Satellite Awards for for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (Joan Allen) and Best Motion Picture Screenplay - Original (Gary Ross) from the International Press Academy.

Released in United States Fall October 23, 1998

Released in United States on Video March 23, 1999

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States October 1998

Shown at Aspen Filmfest (Opening Night) in Aspen, Colorado September 23-27,

Shown at Austin Film Festival (Opening Night) October 1-8, 1998.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Special Presentation) October 8-18, 1998.

Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival (Closing Night) October 1-11, 1998.

Columbia Pictures was previously attached as distributor on this project.

Project was formerly in development at Castle Rock Pictures.

Feature directorial debut for Gary Ross.

Completed shooting July 2, 1997.

Began shooting March 1, 1997.

Actor J.T. Walsh died on February 27, 1998 at the age of 54.

Film Dedicated to Brent Lon Hershman (1961-1997), Gail Ross (1920-1997) & JT Walsh (1943-1997)

Released in United States Fall October 23, 1998

Released in United States on Video March 23, 1999

Released in United States 1998 (U.S. premiere at the 1998 Austin Film Festival.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Austin Film Festival (Opening Night) October 1-8, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Special Presentation) October 8-18, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Mill Valley Film Festival (Closing Night) October 1-11, 1998.)