R | | Comedy, Drama
A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen.
When Charlie Kaufman won the Bafta in 2003 for Best Adapted Screenplay, he was unable to attend the ceremony, and Meryl Streep accepted the award on his behalf, reading out a speech he had faxed. Instead of saying, "I would like to thank Spike Jonze", she said, "I would like to spank...... ...
Do I have an original thought in my head? My bald head. Maybe if I were happier, my hair wouldn't be falling out. Life is short. I need to make the most of it. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. I'm a walking cliché. I really need to go ...
Immediately before Charlie has a tantrum in the New York hotel room, the lamp to the right of the bed can be seen leaning against the wall in the corner, but it is standing upright before he knocks it over in the next shot.
After the closing credits, there's a quote from Donald's screenplay "The Three" and a dedication "To the loving memory of Donald Kaufman."
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$22,245,861 (USA) (20 April 2003)