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Pleasantville (1998)

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Gary Ross

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About the Movie

Tobey Maguire ("Spider-Man 3," "The Good German"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Reese Witherspoon ("Walk the Line," "Legally Blonde"), Academy Award-nominee and Emmy-winner William H. Macy ("Fargo," "Wild Hogs") and Golden Globe-nominee Jeff Daniels ("The Lookout," "Good Night, and Good Luck") star in this modern day fairy tale where an entire fictional town is granted a chance to experience the comedies and dangers of real life when two late 20th Century teenagers accidentally bring living color to a mysterious suburb trapped in a black-and-white '50s utopia--and set off a revolution. This film was written, produced, and directed by Academy Award-nominee Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit," "Big").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 93
  • Fresh: 79
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Technical elegance and fine performances mask the shallowness of a story as simpleminded as the '50s TV to which it condescends. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Ingeniously conceived and impressively executed, "Pleasantville" is a provocative, complex and surprisingly anti-nostalgic parable wrapped in the beguiling guise of a commercial high-concept comedy. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Nov 10, 2014

Fresh: This wonderful film speaks volumes about prejudice, the freedom of ideas, and the joys of diversity. – Paul Clinton (,, Apr 13, 2004

Fresh: Wildly ambitious! – Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Amazing Flick, a Must Buy

My brother and I saw this in the theater thinking it would be a silly slapstick comedy. Wow, we were wrong. Not only was the story extremely enjoyable and thoughtful, but the special effects were actually quite stunning as well - like when a tree lights on fire and reflects in color onto black and white objects. ...there's a reason it's at 86% on Rotten Tomatoes.

I like it

This movie gives you a warm feeling. It makes you think, and it makes you laugh. Pleasantville has a great cast and I really do recommend it.

It took my breath away.

I was just watching The N, channel 133 on cable, when I went to channel 134, the WAM Encore channel. This movie was on next, so I looked at the info. It seemed interesting. But, it was better than interesting. It shows a lot about segregation, education, safety, and love. I never thought it was going to be as good as I thought. Anytime it's on TV, I watch it until the end. I'm amazed by this film. What a flick!

Pleasantville (1998)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1998

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