August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Pleasantville

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
124 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/23/98
performer
Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, William H. Macy, Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Jane Kaczmarek, Marissa Ribisi
director
Gary Ross
Producer
Steven Soderbergh
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Gary Ross
genre
Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy, Comedy

STARRING Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, J.T. Walsh, Don Knotts

DIRECTED BY Gary Ross

Here’s the two-second pitch: The Truman Show meets Back to the Future. In Ross’ directorial debut (he wrote Big and Dave) Maguire and Witherspoon are colorful teen siblings who find themselves trapped inside a 1958 Leave It to Beaver-esque black-and-white sitcom. Ross took the project to New Line after Castle Rock wouldn’t put up enough cash. ”This movie has more visual-effects shots than any movie in history,” Ross explains. ”It has 1,700. Titanic had around 500.” Also on board: two supporting players who were up for Academy Awards during filming (Macy for Fargo, Allen for The Crucible). ”Gary would say, ‘I know you’re Oscar nominees, but that’s not quite the line that was written,”’ says Macy. (Oct. 16)

THE LOWDOWN Good thing The Truman Show has primed audiences for high concepts.

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