Ricky (Bentley), Jane (Birch), and Angela (Suvari) in a promotional photoLester fantasizes about Angela

Discover great deals on the many hard to find and one of a kind items available only on ebay!

American Beauty

American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of love, freedom, self-liberation, family, and the American Dream. more...

HomeHome
ActionAction
Art FilmsArt Films
ClassicsClassics
ComedyComedy
DocumentaryDocumentary
DramaDrama
AmadeusAmadeus
AmelieAmelie
American BeautyAmerican Beauty
American History XAmerican History X
Amores perrosAmores perros
Annie HallAnnie Hall
Apocalypse NowApocalypse Now
Before SunsetBefore Sunset
BraveheartBraveheart
ChinatownChinatown
City of GodCity of God
Cool Hand LukeCool Hand Luke
CrashCrash
Das BootDas Boot
Der UntergangDer Untergang
FargoFargo
Festen Festen
Fight ClubFight Club
Finding NeverlandFinding Neverland
Full Metal JacketFull Metal Jacket
GandhiGandhi
GladiatorGladiator
GloryGlory
GoodfellasGoodfellas
Hotel RwandaHotel Rwanda
L.A. ConfidentialL.A. Confidential
MementoMemento
Million Dollar BabyMillion Dollar Baby
Mystic RiverMystic River
Nuovo cinema ParadisoNuovo cinema Paradiso
OldboyOldboy
Once Upon a Time in AmericaOnce Upon a Time in America
One Flew Over the...One Flew Over the...
Patton moviePatton movie
Pulp FictionPulp Fiction
Raging BullRaging Bull
RanRan
Requiem for a DreamRequiem for a Dream
Saving Private RyanSaving Private Ryan
Schindler's ListSchindler's List
Talk to HerTalk to Her
Taxi DriverTaxi Driver
The ApartmentThe Apartment
The ConversationThe Conversation
The Deer HunterThe Deer Hunter
The Elephant ManThe Elephant Man
The GodfatherThe Godfather
The Godfather: Part IIThe Godfather: Part II
The GraduateThe Graduate
The PianistThe Pianist
The ProfessionalThe Professional
The Shawshank RedemptionThe Shawshank Redemption
The StingThe Sting
The Usual SuspectsThe Usual Suspects
HorrorHorror
Movie PropsMovie Props
Sci-Fi / FantasySci-Fi / Fantasy

The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Cast

  • Kevin Spacey - Lester Burnham
  • Annette Bening - Carolyn Burnham
  • Thora Birch - Jane Burnham
  • Wes Bentley - Ricky Fitts
  • Mena Suvari - Angela Hayes
  • Peter Gallagher - Buddy Kane
  • Allison Janney - Barbara Fitts
  • Scott Bakula - Jim Olmeyer
  • Sam Robards - Jim Berkley
  • Chris Cooper - Colonel Frank Fitts

Plot summary

Lester Burnham (Spacey) is a 42-year-old man in a severe mid-life crisis. His fourteen-year career at a magazine is going nowhere, his perfectionist realtor wife, Carolyn (Bening), drives him crazy, and his angst ridden teenager daughter, Jane (Birch) barely communicates with him, simply writing him off as "weird." This, at least in part, is due to Lester's prior lack of attention towards Jane.

Things begin to change around the Burnham household, however, upon the arrival of their new neighbors, the Fitts. Colonel Frank Fitts (Cooper) is a stern, military man whose wife, Barbara (Janney), seems to be in state of domestic shell shock.

Their eighteen-year-old son, Ricky (Bentley), a boy obsessed with life and beauty, is a successful drug dealer with a penchant for videotaping everything, including Jane next door. Though wary at first, Jane finds Ricky interesting once she gets to know him, which disgusts Jane's typically gorgeous cheerleader friend, Angela (Suvari), who thinks Ricky's a pervert and an oddity.

Angela, who boasts to having slept with numerous men to further her aspiring model career, becomes an object of sexual attraction to Lester. She openly flirts with him, and his attraction to her is obvious and embarrassing to Jane.

In Ricky, Lester finds a kindred spirit whose carefree attitude about life and work — as well as the expensive marijuana Ricky sells him — causes Lester to change his outlook on life. Having successfully blackmailed his former company, Lester sets out to have a good time, not caring that his wife may be cheating on him with local real estate king, Buddy Kane (Gallagher).

Themes

American Beauty focuses on the themes of the disillusioned American dream by examining the materialistic nature of Americans and the emptiness of relationships. American Beauty also examines the nature of true beauty.

American Beauty establishes that Lester and Carolyn have worked to build a comfortable life for themselves and for Jane. The film examines the negative of this concept, for while Lester and Carolyn were busy building a comfortable life for themselves, they lost sight of what is truly important in life. They have become materialistic, illustrated in a scene where Carolyn and Lester are about to kiss and Carolyn ruins it by exclaiming “Lester, you’re going to spill beer on the couch!”

The film focuses on the empty relationships the characters have developed. Neither the Burnham family nor the Fitts family relate on a personal level. For example, in the beginning of the movie, Lester attempts to have a conversation with Jane about her life. Jane explodes by claiming that he suddenly began talking to her because he had a bad day. The movie emphasizes that people, so focused on keeping up appearances and acquiring commodities, no longer find time or purpose in relating to one another.

The film also examines the nature of true beauty, especially through the Ricky’s filming. Throughout the movie, Ricky claims that things that revolve around death or suffering are beautiful, such as a homeless person dying on the street, a dead bird, and a funeral procession. According to Ricky, the most beautiful thing he ever taped was a bag floating by itself in the wind.

Finally, American Beauty examines the theme of taking control of one’s own happiness. During the course of the movie, Lester realizes that he has no control over what makes him happy. He attempts to take control of this by quitting his job, beginning to tell his wife of his wants and needs, and smoking marijuana. Carolyn also re-examines what makes her happy. A woman initially wholly focused on business success, she finds happiness in an extra-marital affair and frequents a shooting range.

Read more at Wikipedia.org


[List your site here Free!]

American Beauty (Dvd, 2006) Disc Only, No Usps Tracking!American Beauty (Dvd, 2006) Disc Only, No Usps Tracking! $2.80 Was:  Previous Price $4.00 Empty Packet American Beauty Rose Sachet Larkin Company Buffalo NyEmpty Packet American Beauty Rose Sachet Larkin Company Buffalo Ny $4.99
American Beauty Beloved Moments Perfume Spray 1.7fl oz UnboxedAmerican Beauty Beloved Moments Perfume Spray 1.7fl oz Unboxed $16.99 Was:  Previous Price $19.99 American Beauty [Original Soundtrack] Cd 1999 Dreamworks VgAmerican Beauty [Original Soundtrack] Cd 1999 Dreamworks Vg $6.60
Barbie American Beauty QueenBarbie American Beauty Queen $5.00 Grunt Style Women's American Beauty 2.0 T-Shirt - GrayGrunt Style Women's American Beauty 2.0 T-Shirt - Gray $20.95 List price:  Previous Price $21.95
Native American Beauty Indian Adult Women CostumeNative American Beauty Indian Adult Women Costume $12.99 to $18.50 New listing
		American Beauty Soldering IronNew listing American Beauty Soldering Iron $99.00
American Beauty (Dvd, 2000, The Awards Edition)American Beauty (Dvd, 2000, The Awards Edition) $3.99 Vintage Halco American Beauty Sparklers No 8 Empty Box Fireworks July 4thVintage Halco American Beauty Sparklers No 8 Empty Box Fireworks July 4th $9.95
American Beauty (Blu-ray Disc, 2010)American Beauty (Blu-ray Disc, 2010) $4.98 American Beauty [New Blu-ray] Ac-3/Dolby Digital, Dolby, Digital TheatAmerican Beauty [New Blu-ray] Ac-3/Dolby Digital, Dolby, Digital Theat $10.94 List price:  Previous Price $12.98
New listing
		Vintage- American Beauty Iron- Triangle No. 6 1/2 B Wood Handle- Works-New listing Vintage- American Beauty Iron- Triangle No. 6 1/2 B Wood Handle- Works- $12.75 American Beauty Beloved Moments For Women - 1.7 Oz Perfume Spray - Rare - No BoxAmerican Beauty Beloved Moments For Women - 1.7 Oz Perfume Spray - Rare - No Box $13.95
100 Purple American Beauty Berry Beautyberry Callicarpa Americana Organic Seeds100 Purple American Beauty Berry Beautyberry Callicarpa Americana Organic Seeds $5.65 310. Vintage American Beauty Glass Vanity Powder Trinket Cold Cream Jar Gold Lid310. Vintage American Beauty Glass Vanity Powder Trinket Cold Cream Jar Gold Lid $9.97
American Beauty ~ True Delight ~ Perfume Spray 2.5 oz Estee Lauder FragranceAmerican Beauty ~ True Delight ~ Perfume Spray 2.5 oz Estee Lauder Fragrance $59.95 Live Plants Purple American Beauty Berry 1-2 Ft. Bush Callicarpa French MulberryLive Plants Purple American Beauty Berry 1-2 Ft. Bush Callicarpa French Mulberry $27.99
American Girl Beauty Salon Spa Chair Styling SetAmerican Girl Beauty Salon Spa Chair Styling Set $80.00 Pre-Order Grateful Dead American Beauty 50th Anniversary Exclusive Colored VinylPre-Order Grateful Dead American Beauty 50th Anniversary Exclusive Colored Vinyl $89.99
Antique Homer Laughlin American Beauty Covered Oval Vegetable Bowl/Tureen/LidAntique Homer Laughlin American Beauty Covered Oval Vegetable Bowl/Tureen/Lid $100.00 American Beauty Roses Plastic Canvas Pattern InstructionsAmerican Beauty Roses Plastic Canvas Pattern Instructions $2.00
Grateful Dead~ American Beauty - Nm/Nm Vinyl Lp Ultrasonic CleanGrateful Dead~ American Beauty - Nm/Nm Vinyl Lp Ultrasonic Clean $29.99 Vintage Ladies American Beauty Silvertone Cosmetic Powder Compact 2.75"SqVintage Ladies American Beauty Silvertone Cosmetic Powder Compact 2.75"Sq $11.05 Was:  Previous Price $13.00
New listing
		Vintage- American Beauty Iron- Triangle No. 6 1/2 B- Metal Base-StandNew listing Vintage- American Beauty Iron- Triangle No. 6 1/2 B- Metal Base-Stand $7.50 American Bea
00006000
Uty [Remaster] New CdAmerican Bea 00006000 Uty [Remaster] New Cd $10.32 List price:  Previous Price $13.98
2020 Topps 206 Parallels *You Pick* American Beauty Cycle Polar Bear Sovereign +2020 Topps 206 Parallels *You Pick* American Beauty Cycle Polar Bear Sovereign + $7.95 Grateful Dead American Beauty 50th Anniversary Dead.net Exclusive Colored VinylGrateful Dead American Beauty 50th Anniversary Dead.net Exclusive Colored Vinyl $95.00
Vintage Nos American Beauty Electric Iron Model 79-Ab w/ Red Handle.Beautiful.Vintage Nos American Beauty Electric Iron Model 79-Ab w/ Red Handle.Beautiful. $83.27 American Beauty (Dvd, 2000, The Awards Edition) - Disc OnlyAmerican Beauty (Dvd, 2000, The Awards Edition) - Disc Only $2.75 Trending at $2.92
Dogfish Head American Beauty/Grateful Dead Beer Glasses. Set Of 4.Dogfish Head American Beauty/Grateful Dead Beer Glasses. Set Of 4. $19.95 Very Vintage Automatic American Beauty Tested Working With Cord And StandVery Vintage Automatic American Beauty Tested Working With Cord And Stand $44.99
American Beauty Dolls - Tinkerbell 1990 Limited Edition 46/100American Beauty Dolls - Tinkerbell 1990 Limited Edition 46/100 $90.00 1991 Vintage Mattel American Beauty Queen Barbie Outfit Only1991 Vintage Mattel American Beauty Queen Barbie Outfit Only $10.00 Trending at $11.33
Walco Holiday American Beauty Teardrop Vtg Sequin Bead Christmas Ornament KitWalco Holiday American Beauty Teardrop Vtg Sequin Bead Christmas Ornament Kit $32.40 Was:  Previous Price $36.00 American Beauty: Original Motion Picture Score - Audio Cd - Very GoodAmerican Beauty: Original Motion Picture Score - Audio Cd - Very Good $5.80
American Beauty Edna Ferber number 14 Signed HcAmerican Beauty Edna Ferber number 14 Signed Hc $50.00 Stetson company American Beauty Stt1 mixing bowl 5"Stetson company American Beauty Stt1 mixing bowl 5" $9.71 Was:  Previous Price $12.95
Early Glass Babbit American Falls The Beauty Of Niagara sides retapedEarly Glass Babbit American Falls The Beauty Of Niagara sides retaped $39.69 4 American Beauty Dragon Fruit Hylocereus guatemalensis X Rooted Plants4 American Beauty Dragon Fruit Hylocereus guatemalensis X Rooted Plants $49.99
American Beauty Model 3128-S3 60W Soldering Iron New With 2 TipsAmerican Beauty Model 3128-S3 60W Soldering Iron New With 2 Tips $55.00 Fall Out Boy American Beauty / American Psycho Lp New Clear/Black swirl vinylFall Out Boy American Beauty / American Psycho Lp New Clear/Black swirl vinyl $24.95
Thomas Newman - American Beauty (Original Motion Picture Score) New Sealed VinylThomas Newman - American Beauty (Original Motion Picture Score) New Sealed Vinyl $28.99 200 Purple American Beauty Berry Beautyberry Callicarpa Americana Seeds200 Purple American Beauty Berry Beautyberry Callicarpa Americana Seeds $4.00
Dragon Fruit American Beauty : 2 Cuttings  CuttingDragon Fruit American Beauty : 2 Cuttings  Cutting $20.00 Vtg Josef Originals American Beauty 1940's California May Black Eyes 3.25" Vtg Josef Originals American Beauty 1940's California May Black Eyes 3.25"  $24.99
Native American Beauty Sexy Indian Pocahontas Adult CostumeNative American Beauty Sexy Indian Pocahontas Adult Costume $26.01 American Beauty 10542 Tweezers Electrodes Resistance Soldering, 5/64" x 1-1/2"American Beauty 10542 Tweezers Electrodes Resistance Soldering, 5/64" x 1-1/2" $20.00
American Beauty Original Film Score Color Vinyl Lp! Thomas Newman Soundtrack NewAmerican Beauty Original Film Score Color Vinyl Lp! Thomas Newman Soundtrack New $20.99 Grateful Dead American Beauty 1970 Warner Lp Jerry Garcia Ex/ExGrateful Dead American Beauty 1970 Warner Lp Jerry Garcia Ex/Ex $18.75
Grateful Dead American Beauty 50th Anniversary Exclusive Colored Vinyl 🎵Grateful Dead American Beauty 50th Anniversary Exclusive Colored Vinyl 🎵 $97.99 Grateful Dead - American Beauty Lp [Vinyl New] 180gm Album R11893 Eu ImportGrateful Dead - American Beauty Lp [Vinyl New] 180gm Album R11893 Eu Import $39.98
Native American Beauty Adult Women's Costume Brown Suede IndianNative American Beauty Adult Women's Costume Brown Suede Indian $19.99 American Beauty (1999) - Dvd - Very GoodAmerican Beauty (1999) - Dvd - Very Good $4.39
Fall Out Boy - American Beauty/American Psycho New Vinyl RecordFall Out Boy - American Beauty/American Psycho New Vinyl Record $19.67 American Beauty - Hardcover By Banner, Lois W. - GoodAmerican Beauty - Hardcover By Banner, Lois W. - Good $4.09
New listing
		Hylocereus "American Beauty" Fragrant Night bloomerNew listing Hylocereus "American Beauty" Fragrant Night bloomer $12.99 Grateful Dead American Beauty 1970 Cd Remaster Bonus Tracks Remastered 2003 OopGrateful Dead American Beauty 1970 Cd Remaster Bonus Tracks Remastered 2003 Oop $9.90
Cd Lot Grateful Dead American Beauty Wake of Flood In The Dark Jerry GarciaCd Lot Grateful Dead American Beauty Wake of Flood In The Dark Jerry Garcia $3.00 Grateful Dead 'American Beauty' LpGrateful Dead 'American Beauty' Lp $8.00
"American Beauty" Mena Suvari "Angela Hayes" Autographed 3X5 Index Card"American Beauty" Mena Suvari "Angela Hayes" Autographed 3X5 Index Card $8.00 Was:  Previous Price $16.00 American Girl Beauty Salon Spa Chair Styling Set Foot Spa 2013 RetiredAmerican Girl Beauty Salon Spa Chair Styling Set Foot Spa 2013 Retired $39.99
The Grateful Dead - American Beauty Lp - 180 Gram Vinyl Album Sealed New RecordThe Grateful Dead - American Beauty Lp - 180 Gram Vinyl Album Sealed New Record $8.50 Grateful Dead - American Beauty - Vinyl Lp Record - Ws 1893 - Vintage 1970 Vg+Grateful Dead - American Beauty - Vinyl Lp Record - Ws 1893 - Vintage 1970 Vg+ $34.99
New listing
		American Beauty [DualDisc] by Grateful Dead (Cd, Nov-2004, 2 Discs)New listing American Beauty [DualDisc] by Grateful Dead (Cd, Nov-2004, 2 Discs) $24.99 Bath & Body Works American Girl real beauty get scent go Strawberries & cream 2Bath & Body Works American Girl real beauty get scent go Strawberries & cream 2 $14.99
American Beauty Wonderful For Women - 1.7 Oz Perfume Spray - Rough Bottle - RareAmerican Beauty Wonderful For Women - 1.7 Oz Perfume Spray - Rough Bottle - Rare $38.95 Grateful Dead Lp American Beauty Warner Bros green label Inner nice copyGrateful Dead Lp American Beauty Warner Bros green label Inner nice copy $6.50
Vintage 1940's Elgin American Beauty Carryall CompactVintage 1940's Elgin American Beauty Carryall Compact $67.00 American Beauty 100 Watt Resistance Solder station (Unit Only)American Beauty 100 Watt Resistance Solder station (Unit Only) $85.00
American Beauty (Dvd, 2000, Limited Edition Packaging Awards Edition Widescreen)American Beauty (Dvd, 2000, Limited Edition Packaging Awards Edition Widescreen) $2.65 Trending at $2.92 American Beauty (Dvd, 1999, Widescreen) NewAmerican Beauty (Dvd, 1999, Widescreen) New $5.23
American Beauty #3138 Electric Iron With Patterned Tip - Works GreatAmerican Beauty #3138 Electric Iron With Patterned Tip - Works Great $40.00 Manchester American Beauty 8-5/8" Solid Salad Serving Spoon 2.31 Oz TroyManchester American Beauty 8-5/8" Solid Salad Serving Spoon 2.31 Oz Troy $79.95
Fall Out Boy American Beauty / American Psycho Vinyl - Light Blue - New!Fall Out Boy American Beauty / American Psycho Vinyl - Light Blue - New! $29.99 American Beauty Soldering Iron #3158, 200 Watt, Original, Detroit Usa! Nice!American Beauty Soldering Iron #3158, 200 Watt, Original, Detroit Usa! Nice! $35.00
Shawshank Redemption / Merlin / American Beauty - Newmarket Shooting ScriptsShawshank Redemption / Merlin / American Beauty - Newmarket Shooting Scripts $12.99 American Beauty Dvd 2018American Beauty Dvd 2018 $5.99
1951 American Beauty Paper Doll Book - Uncut Merrill - 8 Pages of Clothes1951 American Beauty Paper Doll Book - Uncut Merrill - 8 Pages of Clothes $29.99 American Beauty Cup An SaucerAmerican Beauty Cup An Saucer $20.00
New listing
		Vtg American Beauty Electric Iron Model 79-Ab w/ Red Handle - Works! Usa MadeNew listing Vtg American Beauty Electric Iron Model 79-Ab w/ Red Handle - Works! Usa Made $55.00 American Beauty Brand, Red Rose *An Original Vegetable Crate Label*American Beauty Brand, Red Rose *An Original Vegetable Crate Label* $4.99
4 Grapefruit Spoons - American Beauty Rose - R. Reincke Denver4 Grapefruit Spoons - American Beauty Rose - R. Reincke Denver $15.99 Lee Wards American Beauty Rose Appliques for Quilt Quilting Vintage 1960's #31Lee Wards American Beauty Rose Appliques for Quilt Quilting Vintage 1960's #31 $39.99
150 Seeds American Beauty Berry Purple Beautyberry Callicarpa americana & Bonus150 Seeds American Beauty Berry Purple Beautyberry Callicarpa americana & Bonus $4.99 2 “American Beauty” Dragon Fruit Cuttings2 “American Beauty” Dragon Fruit Cuttings $19.99
 American Beauty Youth-Full Anti-Aging Face Cream Spf 15 New American Beauty Youth-Full Anti-Aging Face Cream Spf 15 New $24.99 Blue Pink Drapery Fabric Ralph Lauren R$136y American Beauty Floral Cl BuntingBlue Pink Drapery Fabric Ralph Lauren R$136y American Beauty Floral Cl Bunting $19.95
Holmes & Edwards Silverplate American Beauty Rose Medium Cold Meat Serving ForkHolmes & Edwards Silverplate American Beauty Rose Medium Cold Meat Serving Fork $20.00 American Beauty (1999) - Each Dvd $2 Buy At Least 4American Beauty (1999) - Each Dvd $2 Buy At Least 4 $4.99
 Brighton American Beauty Teardrop Necklace Brown Crystal Stones/Reversible Brighton American Beauty Teardrop Necklace Brown Crystal Stones/Reversible $19.99 American Beauty (Dvd, Widescreen) - *Disc Only*American Beauty (Dvd, Widescreen) - *Disc Only* $2.65 Trending at $2.92
American Beauty Wonderful Indulgence For Women-1.7 Oz Perfume Spray-Rough BottleAmerican Beauty Wonderful Indulgence For Women-1.7 Oz Perfume Spray-Rough Bottle $39.50 Bruce Springsteen - American Beauty CdBruce Springsteen - American Beauty Cd $14.00
Pre-Order The Grateful Dead - American Beauty (50th Anniversary) [New Vinyl Lp]Pre-Order The Grateful Dead - American Beauty (50th Anniversary) [New Vinyl Lp] $24.97 List price:  Previous Price $33.98 Grateful Dead - American Beauty [New Cd]Grateful Dead - American Beauty [New Cd] $12.40
Grateful Dead American Beauty 50th Anniversary Lp Splatter Ltd Vinyl Pre OrderGrateful Dead American Beauty 50th Anniversary Lp Splatter Ltd Vinyl Pre Order $90.00 American Beauty Beloved Moments Women Perfume Spray 1.7 oz - New No Box TesterAmerican Beauty Beloved Moments Women Perfume Spray 1.7 oz - New No Box Tester $11.97
1991 Mattel American Beauty Queen Barbie Doll #3137 Redressed Silver Ring1991 Mattel American Beauty Queen Barbie Doll #3137 Redressed Silver Ring $2.20 Williraye Studios. “American Beauty” Ww1342Lb 2004 Retired Pre-OwnedWilliraye Studios. “American Beauty” Ww1342Lb 2004 Retired Pre-Owned $36.00
Click to see more American Beauty items at www.ebay.com
Prices current as of last update, 09/29/20 3:31am.

Home Contact Resources Exchange Links ebay