Cover image for Pleasantville
Ross, Gary, 1956- , screenwriter, director.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : New Line Home Video, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color & black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
A brother and sister are magically transported through their television set and into the black-and-white world of a 1950s sitcom called Pleasantville. Soon they affect this environment with their worldly sensibilities, and people and things slowly begin to acquire color.
General Note:
Widescreen version

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1998.

Includes audio commentary by Gary Ross on second audio track.

Includes story board gallery, commentary by various members of the crew, the script, and the original theatrical trailer.

Includes isolated score with commentary by Randy Newman.

Includes the music video Across the universe / performed by Fiona Apple ; directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
Rated PG-13.
Format :


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Central Library DVD 383 Adult DVD Central Library
Anna M. Reinstein Library DVD 383 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Kenilworth Library DVD 383 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Niagara Branch Library DVD 383 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Lancaster Library DVD 383 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Gary Ross, Oscar nominated for his Dave and Big screenplays, made his directorial debut with this comedy. The cheerful '50s TV sitcom "Pleasantville" is revived in the '90s for a loyal cable audience. One devoted fan is shy suburban teen David Wagner (Tobey Maguire), who has an almost obsessive interest in the series. Living with his divorced mother (Jane Kaczmarek), David sometimes has disputes with his ultra-hip twin sister Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon). She wants to watch MTV just when a Pleasantville marathon is about to begin. They struggle over the remote control, and it breaks. A strange TV repairman (Don Knotts) supplies their new remote, a potent high-tech device which zaps David and Jennifer inside Pleasantville, where their new sitcom parents are businessman George Parker (William H. Macy) and wife Betty (Joan Allen). As "Bud" and "Mary Sue," the teens take up residence in a black-and-white suburbia where sex does not exist and the temperature is always 72 degrees. Life is always pleasant, books have no words, bathrooms have no toilets, married couples sleep in twin beds, the high school basketball team always wins, and nobody ever questions "The Good Life." David revels in Pleasantville's Prozac-styled peacefulness. He fits right in, but Jennifer's 1990s attitude upsets the blandness balance, painting parts of Pleasantville in "living color." Repressed desires surface, cracks appear in the '50s lifestyles, and the Pleasantville populace finds their lives changing in strange, wonderful ways. It's liberating -- but there's also a darker side. This film breaks an all-time record with more than 1700 special effects shots. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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