Movies Being John Malkovich (1999, John Cusack, Cameron Diaz) Published 8 months ago on October 4, 2018 Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is a failing street puppeteer married to pet shop owner Lotte (Cameron Diaz). Needing money, he takes a job as a filing clerk with a company on the 7½th floor (don’t ask) of an office block where he accidentally discovers a portal into John Malkovich’s brain where you stay for 15 minutes before being spat out on the New Jersey Turnpike. He and co-worker Maxine (Catherine Keener), after whom he also lusts, set up a business selling the chance to be John Malkovich. But matters get complicated when Lotte and Maxine meet and fall in love – Maxine seduces Malkovich while Lotte’s inside him (and he’s in Maxine) but a jealous Craig manages to take control of Malkovich permanently, marrying Maxine, now pregnant. But Lotte stumbles across the truth behind the portal’s real purpose when she visits Craig’s boss, the ageing Dr Lester (Orson Bean). A sheer delight from start to finish, completely bizarre yet strangely logical, with not a plot wrinkle in sight, Jonze’s Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning first feature is completed with rounded performances from the four leads, Diaz almost unrecognisably frowsy and Malkovich playing a version of himself the public think they know, slightly distant, quiet, dry witted. Cusack convincingly goes from unworldly to greedy for success, and Keener gets her teeth into the role of a love-hungry, lover-devouring beauty. A totally original film, to rank alongside likes of The Usual Suspects, Memento and Donnie Darko. production details USA | 113 minutes | 1999 Director: Spike Jonze Writer: Charlie Kaufman cast John Cusack as Craig Schwartz Cameron Diaz as Lotte Schwartz Catherine Keener as Maxine Lund John Malkovich as John Horatio Malkovich Orson Bean as Dr. Lester Charlie Sheen as Charlie Sean Penn as Himself (uncredited) W. Earl Brown as First J.M. Inc. Customer Willie Garson as Guy in Restaurant Neil Ross as Featured Character Voice (voice) Gregory Sporleder as Drunk at Bar K. K. Dodds as Wendy Mary Kay Place as Floris Ned Bellamy as Derek Mantini Carlos Jacott as Larry the Agent Byrne Piven as Captain Mertin Octavia Spencer as Woman in Elevator Eric Weinstein as Father at Puppet Show Madison Lanc as Daughter at Puppet Show Judith Wetzell as Tiny Woman Kevin Carroll as Cab Driver Reginald C. Hayes as Don Gerald Emerick as Sad Man in Line Bill M. Ryusaki as Mr. Hiroshi Richard Fancy as Johnson Heyward Patti Tippo as Malkovich’s Mother Daniel Hansen as Boy Malkovich Mariah O’Brien as Girl Creeped Out by Malkovich Kelly Teacher as Emily Jacqueline Benoît as Lester’s Friend William Buck as Lester’s Friend Christine D. Coleman as Lester’s Friend Jeanne Diehl as Lester’s Friend Audrey Gelfund as Lester’s Friend Yetta Ginsburg as Lester’s Friend Sylvester Jenkins as Lester’s Friend Roy C. Johnson as Lester’s Friend Eddie J. Low as Lester’s Friend Ralph W. Spaulding as Lester’s Friend David Wyler as Lester’s Friend Flori Wyler as Lester’s Friend Kevin Lee as Ballet Dancer Marlowe Bassett as Ballet Dancer Jennifer Canzoneri as Ballet Dancer Kristie Cordle as Ballet Dancer Denise Dabrowski as Ballet Dancer Kristin Condon as Ballet Dancer Charlene Grimsley as Ballet Dancer Christine Krejer as Ballet Dancer Erica Long as Ballet Dancer Yvonne Montelius as Ballet Dancer Jessica Neuberger as Ballet Dancer Sara Rifkin as Ballet Dancer Elizabeth Rivera as Ballet Dancer Chelsa Sjostrom as Ballet Dancer Pamela Hayden as Featured Character Voice (voice) Jayne Hess as Featured Character Voice (voice) Michelle Madden as Featured Character Voice (voice) Greg O’Neill as Featured Character Voice (voice) Bill Wittman as Featured Character Voice (voice) David Fincher as Christopher Bing (uncredited) Brad Pitt as Himself (uncredited) Cameron DiazCharlie KaufmanCharlie SheenComedyDramaFantasyGregory SporlederJohn CusackK. K. 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