Adaptation. (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama

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A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.



  • Twin-brothers Donald, left, and Charlie Kaufman (both played by Nicolas Cage) travel across the country in their attempt to unlock the mysteries of The Orchid Thief.
  • Nicolas Cage (center) plays Charlie Kaufman, a stymied writer who seeks advice from screenwriting guru Robert McKee, in Columbia Pictures' unconventional comedy Adaptation.
  • Meryl Streep in Adaptation. (2002)
  • Twin-brothers Charlie, left, and Donald Kaufman (both played by Nicolas Cage) get in over their heads in the Florida Everglades.
  • Nicolas Cage in Adaptation. (2002)
  • Nicolas Cage and Brian Cox in Adaptation. (2002)

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Cast & Crew

Top Billed Cast


Spike Jonze


Susan Orlean (book), Charlie Kaufman (screenplay)


Release Date:

14 February 2003


English, Latin

Country of Origin


Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$384,478 (USA) (8 December 2002)


$22,245,861 (USA) (20 April 2003)

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