Year: 2002
USA: Columbia Pictures
UK: Columbia Tristar Films (UK)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Cara Seymour, Rheagan Wallace, John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brian Cox, Paul Fortune, Judy Greer, Lisa Love, Wendy Mogel, Jane Adams, Agnes Baddoo, Jim Beaver, Ray Berrios, Brigitte Bogle, Caron Colvett, Lynn Court, John Etter, Roger Fanter, Gary Farmer, Sandra Lee Gimpel, Curtis Hanson, Gregory Itzin, Paul Jasmin, Peter Jason, Fred Lerner, Ron Livingston, Laura Love, Harris Mann, Don Moss, Terence O'Brien, Lupe Ontiveros, Toni Oswald, David O. Russell, Robert J Stephenson, Jay Tavare, Stephen Tobolowsky, Roger Willie, Bob Yerkes, Jeremy Sumpter, Allison O'Donnell, Litefoot
Director: Spike Jonze
Country: USA
USA & UK: 114 mins
USA Rated: R for language, sexuality, some drug use and violent images
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, drug use, sex and violent images
USA Release Date: 6 December 2002 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 28 February 2003


Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused LA screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald (also Nicolas Cage). While struggling to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean and John Laroche (Chris Cooper), the orchid poacher and the subject of Orlean's book, become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others.