Adaptation. 20 years old

From the creator of Being John Malkovich, comes the story about the creator of Being John Malkovich.


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'.


Adaptation. Cast

Name Character
Maggie Gyllenhaal She was 25, now 45 years old as Caroline Cunningham
John Malkovich He was 48, now 69 years old as Himself (uncredited)
Chris Cooper He was 51, now 72 years old as John Laroche
Catherine Keener She was 43, now 64 years old as Herself (uncredited)
Nicolas Cage He was 38, now 59 years old as Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman
Ron Livingston He was 35, now 56 years old as Marty Bowen
Judy Greer She was 27, now 48 years old as Alice the Waitress
John Cusack He was 36, now 57 years old as Himself (uncredited)
Meryl Streep She was 53, now 74 years old as Susan Orlean
Doug Jones He was 42, now 63 years old as Augustus Margary
Peter Jason He was 58, now 79 years old as Defense Attorney
Tilda Swinton She was 42, now 62 years old as Valerie Thomas
Jim Beaver He was 52, now 73 years old as Ranger Tony
Gary Farmer He was 49, now 70 years old as Buster Baxley
Gregory Itzin He was 54, now 75 years old as Prosecutor
Cara Seymour She was 38, now 59 years old as Amelia Kavan
Curtis Hanson He was 57, 71 years old when he died as Orlean's Husband
Jay Tavare He was 31, now 52 years old as Matthew Osceola
Litefoot He was 33, now 54 years old as Russell
Bob Stephenson He was 35, now 56 years old as David
Brian Cox (actor) He was 56, now 77 years old as Robert McKee

Adaptation. Crew

Name Department
Charlie Kaufman as Executive Producer. He was 44 (now 64) years old Production
Charlie Kaufman as Screenplay. He was 44 (now 64) years old Writing
Carter Burwell as Original Music Composer. He was 47 (now 67) years old Sound
Richard Beggs as Sound Designer. He was 60 (now 81) years old Sound
Peter Andrus as Art Direction. Art
Gene Serdena as Set Decoration. He was 32 (now 53) years old Art
Vincent Landay as Producer. He was 2 (now 23) years old Production
Eric Zumbrunnen as Editor. He was 38 (53) years old when He died Editing
Justine Baddeley as Casting. Production
Casey Storm as Costume Design. Costume & Make-Up
Lance Acord as Director of Photography. He was 38 (now 59) years old Camera
K.K. Barrett as Production Design. Art
Spike Jonze as Director. He was 33 (now 53) years old Directing
Derek Vanderhorst as Sound Mixer. Sound
Jonathan Demme as Producer. He was 58 (73) years old when He died Production
Edward Saxon as Producer. He was 46 (now 66) years old Production
Kim Davis-Wagner as Casting. Production
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Adaptation. (20 years)

From the creator of Being John Malkovich, comes the story about the creator of Being John Malkovich.

  • Release day: Friday, December 06, 2002
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Budget: 19000000.00
  • Revenue: 32801173.00