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Adaptation.

Cast
Nicolas Cage, Tilda Swinton, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Jay Tavare, Litefoot, Roger Willie, Jim Beaver, Cara Seymour, Doug Jones, Gary Farmer, Curtis Hanson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Judy Greer, Ron Livingston, Brian Cox
Released
2002
opium poppy | cocaine
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Screenwriter Charlie: “All my problems and anxiety can be reduced to a chemical imbalance or some kind of misfiring synapses.” (0:01)

Title: “On the set of Being John Malkovich.” (0:02)

Valerie tells writer Charlie, “So tell me your thoughts on this crazy little project of ours.”
Charlie: “... or turning the orchids into poppies and turning into a movie about drug running.” (0:04)

Charlie tells violinist friend Amelia, “I was sweating insanely.”
Amelia: ”Oh, you were just nervous because she was pretty.” (0:13)

Charlie: “I’m such an idiot.” (0:18)

Orchid thief John tells journalist Susan, “The world’s insane.” (0:19)

Susan writes, “delusions of grandeur.” (0:20)

His twin brother Donald tells Charlie, referring to their mother, “Anyway, she said it was Silence of the Lambs meets Psycho.” (0:21)

John tells Susan, referring to Darwin, “Everyone thought he was a loon.” (0:23)

A woman diner tells the others, referring to John, “It seems almost sociopathic to make everybody look at that.”
Susan, referring to John: “He’s obsessed with his dead mother...”
Susan’s husband David, referring to Susan: “She said that perhaps his obsessiveness didn’t leave room in his personal schedule for personal hygiene.” (0:24)

Donald tells Charlie, referring to a character, “So the cop gets obsessed with figuring out her identity in the process.”
”So we find out that the killer really suffers from multiple personality disorder.”
Charlie: “The only idea more overused than serial killers is multiple personality.”
Donald: ”Mom called it psychologically taut.”
Charlie: ”Sybil meets Dressed to Kill.”
Donald: “I really liked ‘Dressed to Kill.’” (0:31)

Susan tells John, referring to plants, “I mean they have no memory.” (0:35)

Donald’s makeup artist girlfriend Caroline tells him, “You’re such a ‘tard.” (0:39)

John realizes his mother has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. He tells Susan, “I killed my mom, you know, and my uncle...” (0:43)

John: “Crazy white man!” (0:48)

Producer Marty tells Charlie, “You have the crazy plant nut guy, right?”
”I mean nobody in this town can make up a crazy story like you.” (0:48)

Donald tells Charlie, “Because of my multiple personality theme I’ve chosen a motif of broken mirrors to show my protagonist’s fragmented self.”
”At first I was nervous about putting a song in a thriller, but Bob says that Casablanca, one of the greatest screenplays ever written, did exactly that, mixed genres.” (0:50)

Charlie: “Such sweet, sad insights.”
”I’m fat and repulsive.” (0:53)

Charlie: “I have no understanding of anything outside of my own panic and self-loathing...” (0:57)

Charlie tells Donald, “I’m insane.”
”It’s narcissistic.” (0:59)

Susan: “... and it’s intoxicating to be around someone so alive.” (1:00)

Charlie: “I am panicked.”
Writing coach Robert: “Any idiot can write voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of the character.”
”Are you out of your... mind?” (1:06)

Robert tells Charlie, “Well, Julius and Philip Epstein, who wrote Casablanca, they were twins.” (1:12)

A man snorts a powdered drug. “They wanted the ghost just to extract a drug... liked to get stoned.” (1:21)

Susan snorts green powder. (1:22, 1:30)

Susan: “I’m really freaking here Johnny.”
”I’m a professional journalist, and the drugs...” (1:31)

Donald dies, Charlie at his side.” (1:41)

Charlie tells Susan, “You’re just a lonely, old, desperate, pathetic drug addict!” (1:44)