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Adaptation (6-Dec-2002)

Director: Spike Jonze

Writers: Charlie Kaufman; Donald Kaufman

Based on a book: The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean

Music by: Carter Burwell

Producers: Edward Saxon; Vincent Landay; Jonathan Demme

Keywords: Drama

A screenwriter struggling with his personal life haplessly attempts to bring Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief to the silver screen.

Fresh off a successful film adaptation of his most recent pet project, Being John Malkovich, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is tapped to deliver Susan Orlean's The Orchid Thief to the silver screen. Difficulties adapting the source material, outstanding as a book but not necessarily lengthy enough nor compelling in a manner suitable for theatrical audiences, combine with problems impacting Kaufman's love life to craft a tale of career trouble striking at the least opportune time.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jim Beaver
12-Aug-1950   Ellsworth on Deadwood
Nicolas Cage
7-Jan-1964   Leaving Las Vegas
Chris Cooper
9-Jul-1951   American Beauty
Brian Cox
1-Jun-1946   The original Hannibal Lecter
Gary Farmer
12-Jun-1953   Henry & Verlin
Judy Greer
20-Jul-1975   13 Going on 30
Maggie Gyllenhaal
16-Nov-1977   Secretary
Curtis Hanson
Film Director
24-Mar-1945 20-Sep-2016 LA Confidential
Gregory Itzin
20-Apr-1948   President Charles Logan on 24
Doug Jones
24-May-1960   Pan's Labyrinth
Nancy Lenehan
26-Apr-1953   Kay Hickey on My Name Is Earl
Ron Livingston
5-Jun-1967   Peter in Office Space
David O. Russell
Film Director
20-Aug-1958   I Heart Huckabees
Meryl Streep
22-Jun-1949   The Deer Hunter
Tilda Swinton
5-Nov-1960   The Deep End


Nicolas Cage   ...   Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman
Meryl Streep   ...   Susan Orlean
Chris Cooper   ...   John Laroche
Tilda Swinton   ...   Valerie
Cara Seymour   ...   Amelia
Brian Cox   ...   Robert McKee
Judy Greer   ...   Alice the Waitress
Maggie Gyllenhaal   ...   Caroline
Ron Livingston   ...   Marty
Jay Tavare   ...   Matthew Osceola
G. Paul Davis   ...   Russell
Roger Willie   ...   Randy
Jim Beaver   ...   Ranger Tony
Doug Jones   ...   Augustus Margary
Stephen Tobolowsky   ...   Ranger Steve Neely
Gary Farmer   ...   Buster Baxley
Peter Jason   ...   Defense Attorney
Gregory Itzin   ...   Prosecutor
Curtis Hanson   ...   Orlean's Husband
Agnes Badoo   ...   Orlean Dinner Guest
Paul Fortune   ...   Orlean Dinner Guest
Paul Jasmin   ...   Orlean Dinner Guest
Lisa Love   ...   Orlean Dinner Guest
Wendy Mogel   ...   Orlean Dinner Guest
David O. Russell   ...   Orlean Dinner Guest
Bob Stephenson   ...   David
Bob Yerkes   ...   Charles Darwin
Lynn Court   ...   Laroche's Dad
Roger E. Fanter   ...   Laroche's Uncle
Sandra Gimpel   ...   Laroche's Mom
Caron Colvett   ...   Laroche's Wife
Larry Krask   ...   EMT
John Etter   ...   McKee Lecture Attendee
Ray Berrios   ...   Police Officer
Nancy Lenehan   ...   Kaufman's Mother
Harris Mann   ...   Kaufman Twin
Marc Coppola   ...   Kaufman Twin


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