I ♥ RETRO – PLEASANTVILLE 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Rating: M
Length: 124 mins
Cast:
Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen

A rare screening of underrated cult gem Pleasantville to celebrate its 20th anniversary!

Pleasantville is a 1998 fantasy comedy-drama film written, co-produced, and directed by Gary Ross. It stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J. T. Walsh, and Reese Witherspoon, with Don Knotts, Paul Walker, and Jane Kaczmarek in supporting roles. The story centers on two siblings who wind up trapped in a 1950s TV show, set in a small Midwest town, where residents are seemingly perfect. In their attempts to fit in, the two become more aware of social issues such as racism and freedom of speech.

The film was released in the United States by New Line Cinema on October 23, 1998. It was a box office bomb, only acquiring about $49.8 million of a $60 million budget, but received positive reviews for its visuals, acting, and thematic elements and has gained a cult following.

The film was J.T. Walsh’s final performance, and was dedicated to his memory.

“Filled with light-hearted humour, timely social commentary, and dazzling visuals, Pleasantville is an artful blend of subversive satire and well-executed Hollywood formula.

Official Trailer