• Publication date: September 1, 2009

American Beauty

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A view into the lives of two families and the tragedy of suburban life.

Program data

Duration: 120

Production Year: 1999

MBC Max:

February 4, 2016 22:00 (KSA) ~ February 4, 2016 21:00 (CLT)

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a suburban dad whose career-oriented wife despises him, and whose daughter Jane (Thora Birch) finds him embarrassing.  After forty years of hard work Burnham realizes that he has achieved little, and attempts to find happiness in his life.  He begins by blackmailing his boss for $60,000.

Next-door a former Marine colonel named Frank Fitts (Chris Cooper) abuses his son, Ricky (Wes Bentley); Fitts suspects that Ricky is abusing drugs and has homosexual tendencies -- though quite the opposite is true.  Ricky is a budding filmmaker who is obsessed with recording voyeuristic clips of Jane. 

American Beauty was awarded five Oscars, three Golden Globes, and a Grammy.  The picture was a commercial success, earning $356 million internationally -- 23 times its $15 million budget. 


  • Kevin Spacey
  • Annette Bening
  • Thora Birch
  • Wes Bentley
  • Mena Suvari
  • Chris Cooper
  • Allison Janney