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Adaptation. (2002)

Coming Out at 6 December 2002 in theaters.

Comedy, Drama

Adaptation. is comedy-drama metafilm directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film stars Nicolas Cage as Kaufman and his fictional twin brother Donald, Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean, and Chris Cooper as John Laroche, with Cara Seymour, Brian Cox, Tilda Swinton, Ron Livingston, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in supporting roles.

It is based both on Orlean’s nonfiction book The Orchid Thief and Kaufman’s experience attempting to adapt the book into a screenplay while suffering from writer’s block. Adaptation also adds a number of fictitious elements, including Kaufman’s twin brother (also credited as a writer for the film) and a romance between Orlean and Laroche, and culminates in completely invented events including fictional versions of Orlean and Laroche three years after the events related in The Orchid Thief.

The self-loathing Charlie Kaufman is hired to write the screenplay adaptation of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief. He is struggling with anxiety, social phobia, depression, and low self esteem. His twin brother, Donald, has moved into his house and is freeloading there. Donald decides to become a screenwriter like Charlie and attends one of Robert McKee’s famous seminars.

Director: Spike Jonze

Writers: Susan Orlean (book), Charlie Kaufman

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Jay Tavare, Litefoot, Roger Willie


Nicolas CageCharlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman
Tilda SwintonValerie Thomas
Meryl StreepSusan Orlean
Chris CooperJohn Laroche
Jay TavareMatthew Osceola
Roger WillieRandy
Jim BeaverRanger Tony
Cara SeymourAmelia Kavan
Doug JonesAugustus Margary
Stephen TobolowskyRanger Steve Neely
Gary FarmerBuster Baxley
Peter JasonDefense Attorney
Gregory ItzinProsecutor
Curtis HansonOrlean’s Husband
Agnes NaDene BaddooOrlean Dinner Guest
Paul FortuneOrlean Dinner Guest
Paul JasminOrlean Dinner Guest
Lisa LoveOrlean Dinner Guest
Wendy MogelOrlean Dinner Guest
David O. RussellOrlean Dinner Guest
Judy GreerAlice the Waitress
Maggie GyllenhaalCaroline Cunningham
Bob StephensonDavid
Bob YerkesCharles Darwin
Lynn CourtLaroche’s Dad
Roger E. FanterLaroche’s Uncle Jim
Sandra Lee GimpelLaroche’s Mom
Caron ColvettLaroche’s Wife
Larry KraskEMT
Ron LivingstonMarty Bowen
Brian CoxRobert McKee
John EtterMcKee Lecture Attendee
Ray BerriosPolice Officer
Nancy LenehanKaufman’s Mother (voice)
Susan OrleanWoman in Supermarket
Lance Acord
Brigitte BogleTeenage Orlean
Ryan BoschPartygoer
Jan CitronFlower Shop Patron
Curt ClendeninRestaurant Customer
Lathan CroweOrchid Vendor
John CusackJohn Cusack
Donald DowdCafe Customer
Chip GodwinBicycle Messenger
Spike Jonze
Catherine KeenerCatherine Keener
Jake MagnusonCafe Customer
John Malkovich
Thomas Patrick SmithThomas Patrick Smith
Rheagan WallaceKim Canetti
Anne ZogbyWardrobe Supervisor

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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