Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald. While struggling to adapt "The Orchid Thief," by Susan Orlean, Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean's book, become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others'.

Directed by: Spike Jonze Dan Bradley Chiemi Karasawa Thomas Patrick Smith Brian O'Kelley Gregory J. Smith
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama,
Production Company: Columbia Pictures, Beverly Detroit, Propaganda Films, Clinica Estetico, Intermedia, Good Machine,

Adaptation. - From the creator of Being John Malkovich, comes the story about the creator of Being John Malkovich. - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 06-12-2002
  • Runtime: 115 Minutes
  • Popularity: 13.17
  • Vote Count: 2,095
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4
  • Budget: USD 19,000,000
  • Revenue: USD 32,801,173
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
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Photo Name Character
Nicolas Cage - Azwaad Movie Database Nicolas Cage Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman
Meryl Streep - Azwaad Movie Database Meryl Streep Susan Orlean
Chris Cooper - Azwaad Movie Database Chris Cooper John Laroche
Tilda Swinton - Azwaad Movie Database Tilda Swinton Valerie Thomas
Jay Tavare - Azwaad Movie Database Jay Tavare Matthew Osceola
Litefoot - Azwaad Movie Database Litefoot Russell
Roger Willie - Azwaad Movie Database Roger Willie Randy
Jim Beaver - Azwaad Movie Database Jim Beaver Ranger Tony
Cara Seymour - Azwaad Movie Database Cara Seymour Amelia Kavan
Doug Jones - Azwaad Movie Database Doug Jones Augustus Margary
Photo Name Department
Charlie Kaufman-Writing Charlie Kaufman Writing (Screenplay)
Charlie Kaufman-Production Charlie Kaufman Production (Executive Producer)
Carter Burwell-Sound Carter Burwell Sound (Original Music Composer)
Lance Acord-Camera Lance Acord Camera (Director of Photography)
K.K. Barrett-Art K.K. Barrett Art (Production Design)
Richard Beggs-Sound Richard Beggs Sound (Sound Designer)
Jonathan Demme-Production Jonathan Demme Production (Producer)
Edward Saxon-Production Edward Saxon Production (Producer)
Peter Saraf-Production Peter Saraf Production (Executive Producer)
Ann Roth-Costume & Make-Up Ann Roth Costume & Make-Up (Wardrobe Designer)

See Full Cast & Crew of Adaptation.


I'm reacting the way the world does to movies about making movies about making movies. I mean come on, Charlie Kaufman, some of us have work in the morning, damn. _Final rating:★★½ - Not quite for me, but I definitely get the appeal._

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When you watch some of Nicolas Cage's more recent stuff you do wonder how on earth he ever became a star in the first place. Well, this is one of the films that reminds us why. He is a struggling screenwriter ("Charlie") charged with adapting a novel about orchids written by "Susan Orlean" (Meryl Streep). Mental block would be putting it mildly - he simply has no idea how to make it work for "Valerie" (easily one of the less abstruse roles played by Tilda Swinton). Moreover, he is constantly hassled by his twin brother "Donald" who is writing his own story - one that his sibling thinks is riddled with flaws and inconsistencies. The book he must adapt centres around the activities of "Laroche" (Chris Cooper) who had a habit of going with his Seminole pals to remove rare plants from a nature reserve. Illegal? Well not if you know your way around the Floridian penal code, and the ensuing court case is what entices "New Yorker" reporter "Orlean" to write his story. Initially sceptical of her rather uncouth subject matter - not helped by his missing front teeth, she discovers there is much more to the man and his provision of a green powder soon helps her to relax! What now ensues nicely marries the threads of the storylines as both Cage characters, an excellently enigmatic Cooper, and the unfulfilled Miss Streep find themselves gradually drawn together for an admittedly pretty far-fetched denouement (pronounce denooeymont). Cage plays the two characters with considerable skill; he juggles his characters' frustrations with his writing, his love life, his brother and his own reluctance to meet the author engagingly and at times he can make you squirm in your seat a bit. There is plenty of humour, and the all but two hours just flies by. If nothing else, it does make you appreciate just how difficult is is to turn a novel into a film - and might explain why so few people are actually any good at it!

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