Adaptation

Adaptation poster
While his latest movie Being John Malkovich (1999) is in production, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman is hired by Valerie Thomas to adapt Susan Orlean's non-fiction book "The Orchid Thief" for the screen. Thomas bought the movie rights before Orlean wrote the book, when it was only an article in The New Yorker. The book details the story of rare orchid hunter John Laroche, whose passion for orchids and horticulture made Orlean discover passion and beauty for the first time in her life. Charlie wants to be faithful to the book in his adaptation, but despite Laroche himself being an interesting character in his own right, Charlie is having difficulty finding enough material in Laroche to fill a movie, while equally not having enough to say cinematically about the beauty of orchids. At the same time, Charlie is going through other issues in his life. His insecurity as a person doesn't allow him to act upon his feelings for Amelia Kavan, who is interested in him as a man. And Charlie's twin ...

Director: Spike Jonze
Writer: Susan Orlean (book), Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)
Production: N/A
Genre: comedy, drama
Year: 2002
MetaScore: 83/100
ImdbRating: 7.7
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 14 Feb 2003
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 64 wins & 100 nominations.


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There was this time in high school - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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There was this time in high school
What if the writer is attempting to create a story where nothing much happens - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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What if the writer is attempting to...
Do I have an original thought in my head - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Do I have an original thought in my head
Its double - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Its double
You know why I like plants - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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You know why I like plants
I'll tell you a secret - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I'll tell you a secret
There are too many ideas and things and people - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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There are too many ideas and things and...
Fuck fish - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Fuck fish
Everything's over - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Everything's over
Why didn't I go in - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Why didn't I go in
Do you ever get lonely sometimes - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Do you ever get lonely sometimes
YOU FAT PIECE OF SHIT - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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YOU FAT PIECE OF SHIT
How to start - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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How to start
I am pathetic - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I am pathetic
What I came to understand is that change is not a choice - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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What I came to understand is that change...
How could you have somebody held prisoner in a basement and - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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How could you have somebody held...
I have to go right home - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I have to go right home
Or characters - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Or characters
I'm putting in a chase sequence - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I'm putting in a chase sequence
The script I'm starting - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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The script I'm starting
You and I share the same DNA - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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You and I share the same DNA
There are no rules - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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There are no rules
I meant to ask you - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I meant to ask you
But he says that we have to realize that we all write in a genre - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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But he says that we have to realize that...
We find out that - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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We find out that
I'm the guy you yelled at this morning - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I'm the guy you yelled at this morning
We open on Charlie Kaufman - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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We open on Charlie Kaufman
I've written myself into my screenplay - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I've written myself into my screenplay
The book has no story - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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The book has no story
Who's gonna play me - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Who's gonna play me
The only idea more overused than serial killers is multiple personality - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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The only idea more overused than serial...
But a little fantastic and fleeting and out of reach - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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But a little fantastic and fleeting and...
I'll tell you a story - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I'll tell you a story
My leg hurts - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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My leg hurts
She's crying - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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She's crying
Isn't that fucked up - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Isn't that fucked up
I love you too - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I love you too
A little push - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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A little push
Today is the first day of the rest of my life - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Today is the first day of the rest of my...
I wish I were an ant - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I wish I were an ant
I pitched my script to mom - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I pitched my script to mom
Can I ask you a personal question - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Can I ask you a personal question
I fucked her up the ass - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I fucked her up the ass
I don't know what's come over you - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I don't know what's come over you
It's like a brain factory in here - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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It's like a brain factory in here
John Leroche is a tall guy - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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John Leroche is a tall guy
You'll be glad - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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You'll be glad
We open with Laroche - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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We open with Laroche
I'd fuck her up the ass - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I'd fuck her up the ass
Angraecum sesquipedale - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Angraecum sesquipedale
Very happy now - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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Very happy now
I can see your sadness - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I can see your sadness
It's called  The Three - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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It's called The Three
But I think you actually need to speak to this woman - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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But I think you actually need to speak...
I apologise - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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I apologise
We would really like to option this - screenshot from movie Adaptation
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We would really like to option this

Movie Quotes

Movie Cast

Charlie Kaufman - Nicolas Cage
Valerie Thomas - Tilda Swinton
Susan Orlean - Meryl Streep
John Laroche - Chris Cooper
Matthew Osceola - Jay Tavare
Russell (as G. Paul Davis) - Litefoot
Randy - Roger Willie
Ranger Tony - Jim Beaver
Amelia Kavan - Cara Seymour
Augustus Margary - Doug Jones
Ranger Steve Neely (scenes deleted) - Stephen Tobolowsky
Buster Baxley - Gary Farmer
Defense Attorney - Peter Jason
Prosecutor - Gregory Itzin
Orlean's Husband - Curtis Hanson
Orlean Dinner Guest (as Agnes Badoo) - Agnes NaDene Baddoo
Orlean Dinner Guest - Paul Fortune
Orlean Dinner Guest - Paul Jasmin
Orlean Dinner Guest - Lisa Love
Orlean Dinner Guest - Wendy Mogel
Orlean Dinner Guest - David O. Russell
Alice the Waitress - Judy Greer
Caroline Cunningham - Maggie Gyllenhaal
Charles Darwin - Bob Yerkes
Laroche's Dad - Lynn Court
Laroche's Uncle Jim - Roger E. Fanter
Laroche's Mom (as Sandra Gimpel) - Sandra Lee Gimpel
Laroche's Wife - Caron Colvett
Marty Bowen - Ron Livingston
Robert McKee - Brian Cox
McKee Lecture Attendee - John Etter
Police Officer - Ray Berrios
Kaufman's Mother (voice) - Nancy Lenehan
Woman in Supermarket (scenes deleted) - Susan Orlean
Teenage Orlean - Brigitte Bogle
Partygoer - Ryan Bosch
Flower Shop Patron - Jan Citron
Restaurant Customer - Curt Clendenin
Orchid Vendor - Lathan Crowe
John Cusack - John Cusack
Cafe Customer - Donald Dowd
Bicycle Messenger - Chip Godwin
Catherine Keener - Catherine Keener
Cafe Customer - Jake Magnuson
Thomas Patrick Smith - Thomas Patrick Smith
Kim Canetti - Rheagan Wallace
Wardrobe Supervisor - Anne Zogby