Synopsis: Michael Stone, an author that specializes in customer service, is a man who is unable to interact deeply with other people. His low sensitivity to excitement, and his lack of interest made him a man with a repetitive life on his own perspective. But, when he went on a business trip, he met a stranger - an extraordinary stranger, which slowly became a cure for his negative view on life that possibly will change his mundane life.
Production: Starburns Industries
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 72 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min


Hey, ma, look. A airplane.



Oh, yeah. Huh.

Who was TV's Kojak?

Darren Mcgavin.

Kojak, not Kolchak.

Oh, um...

- How many letters?

- Seven.

Do you have any letters already?

Yeah. The third

letter is a v, I think.

I'm not sure.


blank-blank-blank. Right?

Yes, I think.

It's a bald guy, right?

Ladies and gentlemen,

as we start our descent,

please make sure your seat

backs and tray tables

are in full upright position,

make sure your seat belt

is fastened securely

and all carry-on

luggage is stowed

beneath the seat in front of

you or in the overhead bins.

Please turn off all

electronic devices

until we are safely

parked at the gate.

Thank you.

November 12th, 1995.

Dear Michael.

F*** you. Just f*** you.

You just walk away?

After all you said to me?

After all we did?

After all those

f***ing promises?

After all that f***ing f***ing?

Ladies and gentlemen,

allow me to be the first

to welcome you to Cincinnati,

where the local time

is 7:
43 P.M.,

and the temperature is

68 degrees Fahrenheit.

We will be taxiing for a

while, so please stay seated

until the pilot turns off

the "fasten seat belt" light.

Sorry I grabbed your hand.

It's okay.

It's a reflex.

I'm usually sitting

next to my wife.

I don't like to fly.

I said it's okay.

You can let go now, though.

Robert Hernandez,

please pick up

the white courtesy phone.

Please, Robert Hernandez to the

white courtesy phone, please.

Welcome to cincinnati/north

Kentucky international airport.

While on the moving sidewalk,

please stand to the...

Hello. Hi.

I need to go to the Fregoli.



Ladies and gentlemen,

your attention, please.

No parking or waiting allowed.

Unattended vehicles

in this area will be towed.

Thanks. Yup.

Can I smoke in here?

You see that sign?


You're from England, right?

Yeah, I'm from England.

I can tell by your accent.

And the whistling,

that's British airways.

It's Lakme, actually.

Nah, that's British airways.

Anyway, I have

an ear for accents.

How's the weather

there now? Good?

Well, I'm from there originally.

I live here now.

In sin-sin city,

you know, as I call it?

Not here. The states.

"The states." I like that.

"Across the pond. The states.

"The trolley. Cheerio. Put

another shrimp on the Barbie."

I like all that English stuff.

Whereabout in "the states"?

Los Angeles.

Oh, la, la. Yes, sir.

Oh, yeah. Tinseltown.

Well, Cincinnati's a great city, too.

Don't knock it.

I wasn't. I'm sure it is.

Damn straight.

First time?

Once before.

Oh, it's changed since then.

You ought to check it out,

you know, while you're here.

Yeah, I will. Thanks.

Yeah. You're welcome.

F*** you, a**hole!

Yeah, you oughta check it out.

Check it out.

The zoo is great.

World-class, they say.

Many, many important,

you know, uh,


endangered species,

breeding programs, you know.

It's famous for it.

Pandas. Other things.

Owls. Uh-huh.

That sounds fascinating.

Damn straight.

Yeah, you should check it out.

Oh! And you gotta try

the Cincinnati chili.

It's chili like you never had.

Trust me.

La chili? England chili?

Forget about it.

They make it here

with cinnamon and chocolate

and they serve it over pasta.

Imagine that if you can.

I'll try to, yeah. Thanks.

Is there a toy store

near the hotel?

A toy store?

You mean, a "toy" store?

Yeah, toy store.

Yeah, there's a "toy" store

about two blocks up.

It's open all night.

Real class place.

I have a pickup call

at 16th and Lincoln.

Anybody in the area?

Anyway, there's a lot

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Charlie Kaufman

Charles Stuart "Charlie" Kaufman (born November 19, 1958) is an American screenwriter, producer, director, and lyricist. He wrote the films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). He made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York (2008), which was also well-received; film critic Roger Ebert named it "the best movie of the decade" in 2009. It was followed by Anomalisa (2015). more…

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