Pleasantville is a 1998 American comedy-drama film directed by Gary Ross and produced by Gary Ross, John Kilik, Robert J. Degus and Steven Soderbergh.  The screenplay was also written by Gary Ross.

Pleasantville | Pleasantville Movie Poster | Toby McGuire | Reese Witherspoon | William H. Macy | Joan Allen | Jeff Daniels | J.T. Walsh | Don Knotts | Marley Shelton | Jane Kaczmerek | Paul Walker | Jenny Lewis | Maggie Lawson | 1998 | |
Pleasantville Movie Poster

Rated:  PG-13 (movie contains thematic elements emphasizing sexuality and language)
Run Time:  2h 4min
Release Date:  October 23, 1998 (USA)
Genre:  Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Director:  Gary Ross
Studio:  New Line Cinema
Budget:  $60 Million
Box Office:  $49.8 Million

Pleasantville stars Toby McGuire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy, Joan Allen, Jeff Daniels, J.T. Walsh, Don Knotts, Marley Shelton, Jane Kaczmerek, Paul Walker, Jenny Lewis and Maggie Lawson.

Pleasantville is the story of two twin siblings who find themselves trapped in a 1950’s TV show, set in a small Midwest town where residents seemingly live perfect lives. David (Toby McGuire) and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) try to fit into the smalltown mold and in their interactions they become more aware of social issues like racism and freedom of speech.

Movie Quotes

“When your father was here, I used to think, “This was it. This is the way it was always going to be. I had the right house. I had the right car. I had the right life.” – David’s Mom
“There is no right house. There is no right car.” – David
“Up until now everything around here has been, well, pleasant. Recently certain things have become unpleasant. Now, it seems to me that the first thing we have to do is to separate out the things that are pleasant from the things that are unpleasant.” – Big Bob

“This is the only book I’ve ever read in my whole life, and you’re not going to put it on that fire!” – Jennifer

“I don’t know if I ever told you this before, but I think you’re just about the keenest girl in the whole school!” – Skip
“Oh, really Skip? The keenest?” – Jennifer

Official Movie Trailer

Movie Stars

Toby McGuire as David

Reese Witherspoon as Jennifer

William H. Macy as George Parker

Joan Allen as Betty Parker

Jeff Daniels as Bill Johnson

J.T. Walsh as Big Bob

Don Knotts as TV Repairman

Marley Shelton as Margaret Henderson

Jan Kaczmerek as David’s Mom

Paul Walker as Skip Martin

Jenny Lewis as Christin

Maggie Lawson as Lisa Anne