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Pleasantville- it's just around the corner.
Teenager David (Tobey Maguire) is addicted to 50s TV. Within the black and white worlds of his favourite shows, he sees another era and way of life that seems so much simpler and idealistic than the 90s reality in which he lives. In a surreal twist, one day while he and his sister, Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon), are watching David's favourite old show, Pleasantville, a TV repairman shows up who looks a lot like an older Barney Fife (Don Knotts), giving David a special remote control. When he uses it, David and his sister find themselves within the black and white world of Pleasantville, as the children of the show's stars (Jeff Daniels as Mr Bill Johnson and Joan Allen as Betty Parker). In this idealistic world of black and white, David is thrilled to live a life with no complications, where everything always goes perfectly well. His sister however hates this place, and as she stretches her modern muscles, acting the way she's used to acting, she regains her colour, and people she influences also turn colour. As more and more of the town discovers "modernity", the black and white aspects of the town slowly erode, as the moral surface of the past comes face to face with the realities of the future. Which course will this town take?
Also starring Tobey Maguire as Bud Parker, William H Macy as George Parker, JT Walsh as Big Bob, Marley Shelton as Margaret Henderson, Jane Kaczmarek as David and Jennifer's mother, Reese Witherspoon as Mary Sue Parker, Natalie Ramsey as real Mary Sue Parker, Kevin Connors as real Bud Parker. Written and directed by Gary Ross.
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M (Low level coarse language)
124 minutes (2:04 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
DVD retail: 2 April 2001