Being John Malkovich


1h 52m 1999

Brief Synopsis

A man takes a new job on the 7th-and-a-half floor of an office building and stumbles upon a membranous room that leads inside the head of stage and screen actor John Malkovich. There he can see life through Malkovich's eyes before being systematically ejected from the room and onto the New Jersey tu

Film Details

Also Known As
Cómo ser John Malkovich, Dans la peau de John Malkovich, Essere John Malkovich, huvudet på John Malkovich
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
Gramercy Pictures/USA Films
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m

Synopsis

A man takes a new job on the 7th-and-a-half floor of an office building and stumbles upon a membranous room that leads inside the head of stage and screen actor John Malkovich. There he can see life through Malkovich's eyes before being systematically ejected from the room and onto the New Jersey turnpike. The man then rents out Malkovich's head to others, eventually letting his wife inside where she falls in love with another woman who, in turn, thinks she has fallen in love with John Malkovich.

Crew

Fanee Aaron

Set Designer

Paul Abraham

Craft Service

Lance Acord

Director Of Photography

Lance Acord

Dp/Cinematographer

David Alexander

Puppeteer

David Alstadter

Foley Mixer

Gina Amorosa

Other

Leanne Amos

Special Thanks To

Michael Anderson

Driver

Richard L Anderson

Sound Editor

Robert W Anderson

On-Set Dresser

Peter Andrus

Art Director

Jess Anscott

Other

Susan Applegate

Special Thanks To

Lee Armstrong

Puppeteer

Ryan Arndt

Special Effects

Samantha N Bahramian

Electrician

California Ballet

Choreographer

Lance Bangs

Other

Kent James Stewart Barber

Location Manager

Kk Barrett

Production Designer

Lynn Barron

Makeup Artist

Phillip J Bartell

Assistant Editor

Bela Bartok

Music

Greg Bauer

Driver

Mark Bell

Song

Michael R. Berry

Medic

Laura Mae Bobick

Assistant Camera Operator

Rosemary Bock

Construction

Andrea Borrero

Special Thanks To

Keith Brachmann

Assistant Editor

Dan Bradley

Stunt Coordinator

Forrest Brakeman

Sound Mixer

Joseph Brennan

Other

Andrew Broomhead

Driver

Michael Brosilow

Photography

Anita Louise Brown

Set Costumer

Adam Budzius

Special Thanks To

Nancy Burch

Other

D B Burroughs

Gaffer

Tom Burruss

Special Thanks To

Carter Burwell

Original Music

Carter Burwell

Music

Elisa Bussetti

Set Designer

Joseph Butler

Apprentice

Brent Bye

Rigging Gaffer

Paul Cafferty

Post-Production Accountant

Barbara D Calloway

Accountant

Jesse Cartwright

Driver

Eric Chambers

Stunts

Shannon Clark

Other

Tim Clawson

Unit Production Manager

Joe Clem

Electrician

Luman Coad

Puppeteer

Mark Coffey

Sound

Salvatore Coniglio

Assistant Camera Operator

Mark S Constance

Assistant Director

David Cox

Hair Stylist

Lisa Croisette

Stand-In

John Cucci

Foley

Pinky Cunningham

Wig Supplier

Nour Dardari

Production Accountant

Allan Davis

On-Set Dresser

Jani Davis

Stunts

Mike Davis

Visual Effects

Dan P Dean

Song

Brian Derfer

On-Set Dresser

Anne Devereux

Other

Matt Di Franco

Assistant Production Coordinator

Andy Dick

Special Thanks To

Steve Dickstein

Special Thanks To

Colleen Dina

Other

Christoph Von Dohnanyi

Music

Shawn Driscoll

Stand-In

Lisa Ebright

Photography

Bob Elmore

Stunts

Bob Engelsiepen

Visual Effects

Timothy J Evans

Special Thanks To

Michael Farrow

Music

Jim Fealy

Photography

William F Ferguson

Construction

Debra L Ferullo

Makeup Artist

Dan Field

Special Thanks To

Malcolm Fife

Sound Design

John Fifer

Puppets Design

Jame A Fleming

On-Set Dresser

Daphne Flescher

Animal Trainer

Jack Ford

Sound Engineer

Christopher Forster

Construction Coordinator

Mike Freedman

Security

Lori Freitag-hild

Art Department

Lawrence Garcia

Other

Kirk Gardner

Steadicam Operator

Will Gatlin

Craft Service

Gary Gegan

Rerecording

Karen Ruth Getchell

Production Coordinator

Ray Gillon

Special Thanks To

Susan L Giordano

Accounting Assistant

Philip Glass

Special Thanks To

Steve Golin

Producer

David Gonzalez

Key Rigging Grip

Barbara Gorden

Animal Trainer

Jon Graff

Special Thanks To

John E Gray

Special Effects Coordinator

Shari D. Gray

Wardrobe Supervisor

Brett Greenstein

Other

Bryan Grill

Art Department

Jack Guberman

Electrician

Lori Guidroz

Hair Stylist

Peter Gulla

Camera Operator

Lynn Gustafson

Construction

Larry Gutherie

Stand-In

Paul Hargrave

Location Manager

Steve Harrow

Special Thanks To

Sharon Hartman

Construction

Paul Hastings

Special Thanks To

Patrick Hawes

Music

Scott Head

Props

Evan Hecox

Special Thanks To

Ramiro Hernandez

Props

Dustin Hoffman

Special Thanks To

Les Hooper

Song Performer

Les Hooper

Song

Wendy Horton

Animal Trainer

Doug Houston

Electrician

Phillip Huber

Puppeteer

Philip C Hurst

Other

Joe Hutshing

Editor

Matthew Iadarola

Rerecording

Victor Isaac

Extras Casting Assistant

Andy Jenkins

Main Title Design

Krister C Johnson

Transportation Captain

Melinda Johnson

Dga Trainee

Robin Johnston

Sound Re-Recordist

Paul Jones

Driver

Barbara L Jordan

Song

Cecily Jordan

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Ben Kaller

Camera Assistant

Chiaki Kanda

Art Assistant

Charlie Kaufman

Screenplay

Charlie Kaufman

Executive Producer

Kathi Kelly

Production

Gloria Kiser

Color Timer

Ren Klyce

Sound Design

Madsaaski Kono

Song Performer

Elliot L. Koretz

Sound Editor

Greg Kozikowski

Special Thanks To

Ritchie Kremer

Property Master

Kevin Kubota

Sound

Michael Kuhn

Executive Producer

Carolyn Kulett

Special Thanks To

Diana Kunce

Art Department

Brigitte Lacombe

Photography

Vincent Landay

Producer

Greg Lazzaro

Location Manager

Michael Leblovic

Other

Christopher Lee

Props

B J Lehn Jr.

Sound Mixer

Alain Levy

Special Thanks To

Linda Lew

Foley Recordist

Carol Lille

Animal Services

Greg Lille

Animal Trainer

Mark Lindauer

Sound Engineer

Ken Longballa

Electrician

Ray Lykins

Stunts

Margaux Mackay

Visual Effects

Michelle Madden

Casting Associate

Maxine Mahon

Choreographer

Becky Malkovich

Special Thanks To

Becky Malkovich

Photography

Jo Anne Malkovich

Photography

Jo Anne Malkovich

Special Thanks To

Mark Marchetti

Best Boy

Marina Marit

Set Costumer

Keith Markham

Best Boy Grip

Gray Marshall

Visual Effects Supervisor

Don Martin

Driver

Grant Mathis

Stunt Man

Tony Maxwell

Choreographer

Chantz Mccall

Props

Geoff Mcfetridge

Special Thanks To

Mike Mcgarry

Grip

Morgan Mcguinness

Driver

Mike Mesa

Security

Joseph Messier

Dolly Grip

Emanuel Millar

Hairdresser

Tim Miller

Puppeteer

Alistair Milne

Visual Effects

Eric Miracle

Other

Theresa Repola Mohammed

Other

Antonio Molina

Transportation Coordinator

Hilary Momberger

Script Supervisor

Sean J Moore

Driver

Jose G Morales

Construction

Melissa Moseley

Photography

Smriti Mundhra

Other

Luis Mussenden

Driver

Elizabeth Nagle

Other

Mary Hildebrand Nagler

Construction

Tony Nakonechnyj

Camera Operator

Film Details

Also Known As
Cómo ser John Malkovich, Dans la peau de John Malkovich, Essere John Malkovich, huvudet på John Malkovich
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Distribution Company
Gramercy Pictures/USA Films
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m

Award Nominations

Best Director

1999
Spike Jonze

Best Original Screenplay

1999

Best Supporting Actress

1999

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of two 2000 awards including Best Film and Best Director by the London Film Critics Circle.

Winner of two 1999 Golden Satellite Awards, including Best Picture (Comedy) and Best Supporting Actress - Comedy or Musical (Catherine Keener), from the International Press Academy.

Limited Release in United States October 29, 1999

Released in United States Fall October 29, 1999

Expanded Release in United States November 5, 1999

Expanded Release in United States November 12, 1999

Expanded Release in United States January 28, 2000

Released in United States on Video May 2, 2000

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States September 1999

Released in United States November 1999

Shown at New York Film Festival September 24 - October 10, 1999.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Dreams and Visions) September 1-11, 1999.

Shown at London Film Festival November 3-18, 1999.

Feature directorial debut for acclaimed music video, short film and commercial director Spike Jonze.

Feature screenwriting debut for executive producer Charlie Kaufman.

Began shooting July 20, 1998. Completed shooting September 18, 1998.

Single Cell Pictures is REM co-founder and lead singer Michael Stipe's production company.

Limited Release in United States October 29, 1999

Released in United States Fall October 29, 1999

Expanded Release in United States November 5, 1999

Expanded Release in United States November 12, 1999

Expanded Release in United States January 28, 2000

Released in United States on Video May 2, 2000

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 24 - October 10, 1999.)

Released in United States September 1999 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Dreams and Visions) September 1-11, 1999.)

Released in United States November 1999 (Shown at London Film Festival November 3-18, 1999.)

Eric Zumbrunnen won the the 1999 Eddie Award for Best Edited Comedy/Musical from the American Cinema Editors (ACE).

Nominated for the 1999 award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Charlie Kaufman) from the Writers Guild of America.

Spike Jonze was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in 1999 by the (DGA) Directors Guild of America.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Screenplay from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Screenplay from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1999 Vision Award from the Producer's Guild of America.

Winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival.

Winner of three 1999 awards, including Best Original Screenplay (Charlie Kaufman), Best Debut (Spike Jonze) and Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener) from the Online Film Critics Society.

Winner of three 1999 awards, including Best Supporting Actor (John Malkovich), Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener) and Best First Film (Spike Jonze), from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Winner of two 1999 awards, including Best Picture (along with Mike Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy") and Best Screenplay from the National Society of Film Critics.