Being John Malkovich (1999)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

Director Spike Jonze

Writer Charlie Kaufman

Genre Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Year 1999

Actors John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Ned Bellamy, Eric Weinstein

IMDB : 7.8 (259,616 votes)


Description Puppeteer Craig Schwartz and animal lover and pet store clerk Lotte Schwartz are just going through the motions of their marriage. Despite not being able to earn a living solely through puppeteering, Craig loves his profession as it allows him to inhabit the skin of others. He begins to take the ability to inhabit the skin of others to the next level when he is forced to take a job as a file clerk for the off-kilter LesterCorp, located on the five-foot tall 7½ floor of a Manhattan office building. Behind one of the filing cabinets in his work area, Craig finds a hidden door which he learns is a portal into the mind of John Malkovich, the visit through the portal which lasts fifteen minutes after which the person is spit into a ditch next to the New Jersey Turnpike. Craig is fascinated by the meaning of life associated with this finding. Lotte's trips through the portal make her evaluate her own self. And the confident Maxine Lund, one of Craig's co-workers who he tells about the portal if only because he is attracted to her, thinks that it is a money making opportunity in selling trips into Malkovich's mind after office hours for $200 a visit. Craig, Lotte and Maxine begin to understand that anyone entering the portal has the ability to control Malkovich's mind, which also alters his entire being. This experience makes Maxine fall in love with a composite. This ability to control Malkovich's mind begs the question of the ultimate psychedelic trip for Malkovich himself, who begins to feel that something is not right in the world as he knows it.


  • KaleLikesWaffles 2017-02-22 08:28:26
    Guys Octavia Spencer is in this movie holy wow
  • Floppy Bird 2017-02-15 14:57:40
    the movie is good for 1 thing if you have hidden schizophrenia, it will come out after watching this
  • Wacky Weasel 2016-12-22 05:39:26
    Oh my gosh...I predicted that they would use the Office Theme from Brazil for this trailer before I'd even watched it!
  • Zaith Kam 2016-12-04 20:05:48
    Is John Malkovich in this movie?
  • zanvasi Raka 2016-11-18 20:51:05
    What got me to seeing this movie was it's poster. From the beginning you can notice that it is a weird movie. At first it was slow, but the very good cast of actors made me wanna keep watching it. At the time when Cameron Diaz took the center, the movie took a very smart and very interesting turn, and a new plot took place. It kept getting better and better, producing at times some interesting philosophical ideas about who we are, and what love is and how much the body can play a role in choosing who we love. The script is very smart, the direction is better than good and the actors, especially Cameron Diaz with her addictive personality and John Malkovich with his acting that looks both serious and comical at the same time, will make you wanna keep watching it till the end.
  • brand10000 2016-11-17 18:39:53
    Dang had no idea Octavia Spencer was in a movie back in the late 90s.
  • FritzIdler 2016-09-30 07:49:39
    I have just got to finally see this movie. But have not, because it looks brown, and grungy. Adaptation is much more colorful. But first, I have to get home from New Jersey.
  • pc tricks & cyber security test 2016-09-13 15:56:35
    What is the name of the music used in this trailer
  • Warped 2016-09-11 23:00:24
    Someone was on something to think of a movie like this.
  • Jake Kokoris 2016-08-10 04:30:09
    Cusack looks like David Foster Wallace
  • Psychedeleah Arun 2016-07-12 07:51:25
    Is it just me or does John Cusack look a tad bit like John Lennon in the 70s? Like, during his Give Peace a Chance phase. Anyway, incredible movie! Without a doubt, one of my favourites! :) (Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich hahaha)
  • Giustino Martinez 2016-05-15 21:59:03
  • simonizer888 2016-01-15 14:42:34
    I didn't notice that Octavia Spencer was in this movie.
  • pingu nooty 2015-12-22 00:07:47
    Judging from the music brazil must have been a huge inspiration for this. Both are some of my favorite films.
  • CarboViolet 2015-10-17 20:19:19
    how meta is that movie, right?
  • Santino Ramirez 2015-09-21 05:47:33
    Hi, Stunning. delightful quixotic What's your opinion about this
  • trailer butts 2014-12-10 22:21:24
    What is the name of the music used in this trailer
  • Thor214 2014-04-25 01:04:46
    Why the fuck is this marked "HD"?
  • fred fish 2013-12-07 17:41:41
    Best living communication (of me)(for all).
  • mrwompin 2012-06-18 15:26:27
    This movie will complete my life, I just know it

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