Pleasantville script
Pleasantville (1998)
Synopsis: Impressed by high school student David's (Tobey Maguire) devotion to a 1950s family TV show, a mysterious television repairman (Don Knotts) provides him with a means to escape into the black-and-white program with his sister, Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon). While David initially takes to the simplistic, corny world of the show, Jennifer sets about jolting the characters with doses of reality that unexpectedly bring a little color into their drab existence.

INT. KITCHEN.

David's mom paces the room with the phone in her hand.

Between the plastic surgery and the make-up it's hard to fix

her age.

DAVID'S MOM

No--you have custody the first weekend

of every month and this is the first

weekend ...

(pause)

I don't care if yesterday was the

thirtieth, this is still the first

weekend.

INT. LIVING ROOM.

Her words drift in from the kitchen while David stares at the

show.

DAVID'S MOM (OS)

No I can't bail you out, I'm supposed to

go to La Costa ...

(beat)

Well if I want to get a mud bath, that's

really my business, isn't it?

He reaches out and TURNS UP THE SOUND. PLEASANTVILLE plays at

an unnaturally high volume.

GEORGE:

(on T.V.)

Hey. Where are those kids?

DAVID:

(reciting--a little louder)

"Right behind you father."

BUD AND MARY SUE TOGETHER

(on T.V.)

Right behind you father.

RESUME T.V. (BLACK AND WHITE)

The Parkers' son and daughter (BUD AND MARY SUE) enter the

foyer together. Mary Sue wears her hair in a pony tail. Bud

has on a Letterman's sweater.

MARYSUE:

Mother ... Father ... Bud has a little

surprise for you.

BETTY:

What's that Bud?

Bud hesitates for a moment, then folds up a shiny blue

ribbon.

BUD:

First prize at the science fair. There

were lots of swell projects--guess mine

was just the "swellest".

BETTY:

Darling that's wonderful. Except there's

no such word as "swellest".

BUD:

Well gee whizz, Mom. lt wasn't the

"English" fair.

There is another jarring LAUGH TRACK.

CLOSE UP. DAVID.

He smiles right along with it. David stares transfixed at the

set despite the continuing conversation in the other room.

DAVID'S MOM (OS)

Well sure they can stay by themselves,

Barry, but that's not the point. You

said you'd take them.

(beat)

Well fine--they'll stay by themselves

then.

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Gary Ross

Gary Ross is an American film director, writer, and author. He directed the film The Hunger Games, as well as Pleasantville and the Best Picture nominated Seabiscuit. more…

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