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Adaptation
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Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage

Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman
Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton

Valerie Thomas
Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Susan Orlean
Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper

John Laroche
Jay Tavare

Jay Tavare

Matthew Osceola
Litefoot

Litefoot

Russell
Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Ranger Tony


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Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman

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TRAILER - Adaptation. (2002)

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This film is a miracle!

2 years, 1 month ago at Jun 3 11:58
4 votes
"There are too many ideas and things and people. Too many directions to go. I was starting to believe the reason it matters to care passionately about something, is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size."

Although 2002's Adaptation is based on Susan Orlean's nonfiction book The Orchid Thief, it's far more than that label implies. While the screenplay by Charlie K... read more

Awesome!!

5 years, 4 months ago at Mar 10 13:57
4 votes
Adaptation is another unusual and deep story that is hilarious and dramatic when it comes to twists and effective consequences. Adaptation is a film that is rather bright and funny regarding flowers and other plants but is very weird because of the way this film is filmed and produced. The story attracted my attention the most as well as the unbelievable ensemble cast. I loved this film a lot beca... read more

A great movie

4 years, 5 months ago at Jan 31 15:00
4 votes
I know a lot of people trash Nicolas Cage and it is true that many of his movies are worthless. However, I still believe he is a very talented actor and from time to time, out of nowhere, he gives one of the best perfomance of the year. This movie is a good example of this "phenomenom". Of course, Cage is not the only actors giving a good perfomance in this movie. The writing and directing are ama... read more
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Description: Twisty brilliance from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, the team who created Being John Malkovich. Nicolas Cage returns to form with a funny, sad, and sneaky performance as Charlie Kaufman, a self-loathing screenwriter who has been hired to adapt Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. Frustrated ... (more)
Release date: 14 February 2003
UPC: 043396076013
Drama (32), Comedy (24), 2002 (18), Book (10), Orchid (10), Writing (10), 2000s (10), Writer (10), Drugs (10), Adaptation (8), (8), Evolution (8), Surreal (8), Weird (7), Nicolas Cage (6), Jungle (6), Author (6), Swamp (6), Crime (5), Orchids (5)
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"May 10 "I'm putting in a chase sequence. So the killer flees on horseback with the girl, the cop's after them on a motorcycle and it's like a battle between motors and horses, like technology vs. horse." "And they're still all one person, right?" While this was a pretty good movie and I did like seeing Nicolas Cage play an exaggerated version of Charlie Kaufman, I thought the movie could've been a bit better. I mean it's a pretty solid movie, but it's kind of overrated compared to Kaufman's "


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"8.2, DVD Mielenkiintoisesti todellisuuden ja fiktion välillä leikittelevä Adaption on käsikirjoittaja Charlie Kaufmaniin itseensä paneutuva tekele. On ihailtavaa huomata, miten Kaufman on uskaltanut kynäillä näinkin henkilökohtaisen elokuvan itsestään. Sai monessakin kohtaa miettimään omaa elämääni ja vertailemaan itseäni hahmoihin, muttei loppujen lopuksi jätä samanlaista voimakasta ja täysivaltaista tunnetta kuin esimerkiksi Jonzen toinen tekele Her Muuten, melkein peräk"


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This film is a miracle!

“"There are too many ideas and things and people. Too many directions to go. I was starting to believe the reason it matters to care passionately about something, is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size."

Although 2002's Adaptation is based on Susan Orlean's nonfiction book The Orchid Thief, it's far more than that label implies. While the screenplay by Charlie Kaufman does incorporate elements of Orlean's work, this is a brilliantly meta motion picture which is actually about Kaufman (played by Nicolas Cage) struggling to adapt the aforementioned novel for the screen. Kaufman suffered writer's block during the real-life screenwriting process, and wound up writing a sensationalised account of his painstaking endeavour to adapt the book. The finished product is” read more

JxSxPx posted a review 2 years, 2 months ago

Adaptation

“What a strange, wonderful little movie this is that has such big movie stars in it. Leave it to Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman to create a seemingly fully-formed and original genre: the fictional autobiography that also deals with themes of evolution and literary merits. I think that’s as good a description that I can come up with for it.

The title Adaptation is a play on words, both a self-referential nod and wink to the fact that Kaufman is detailing his struggles in finding a way to adapt Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief into a film and the basic themes of the novel which dictate how evolutionary theory can be grafted onto botany and show the strength of actual science at work to explain our world. It’s a smart, engaging film filled to bursting with grand and eloquent id” read more

Happy Vader posted a review 2 years, 6 months ago

“Late 80's to the mid-2000's. That's when Nicolas Cage was at his best. Not to say he has dwindled, but he now appears in unlikable mainstream movies and not the likable arthouse films like he used to. Adaptation is his third-to-last best contribution. To date it is his most likable, straight from the soul performance yet. He felt right at home and everything he did was right on the money. Regarding the film, I absolutely love narrative-driven movies with a-lot of focus on the character and his/her day-to-day routine. It gives off a nice touch, a nice reeling feeling. The film memorably opens up with Nic Cage narrating about himself. The film has barely progressed past the credits stage and you already have jumped into the mind of Charlie Kaufman - the character's name AND the screenwriter'” read more

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