Being John Malkovich

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"There's a tiny door in that office.  It's a portal, Maxine.  It takes you inside John Malkovich.  You see the world through John Malkovich's eyes, then, after about fifteen minutes, you're spit out into a ditch on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike." - Craig

Release: 2 September 1999 (Venice), 29 October 1999 (USA)

The Pitch: Craig Schwartz, an out-of-work puppeteer in a stagnating marriage, takes a job as a file clerk on the 7 1/2 floor of the Mertin-Flemmer building, where he comes across an empty office with a tiny door set into one wall. The door opens into a dark, membranous tunnel that... well... as Craig explains it to a co-worker, with whom he's infatuated: "There's a tiny door in that office. It's a portal, Maxine. It takes you inside John Malkovich. You see the world through John Malkovich's eyes, then, after about fifteen minutes, you're spit out into a ditch on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike." And from there, things get weird.

Director: Spike Jonze
Cast: John Cusack (Craig Schwartz), Cameron Diaz (Lotte Schwartz), Catherine Keener (Maxine), John Malkovich (John Horatio Malkovich)

 

The screenplay's 1st draft is available in two formats (PDF and RTF) via this website's Scripts/Writing section.

 

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