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Comedy , Crime , Drama


1h 55min

Age rating



Nicolas Cage
Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman
Tilda Swinton
Valerie Thomas
Meryl Streep
Susan Orlean
Chris Cooper
John Laroche
Jay Tavare
Matthew Osceola
Jim Beaver
Ranger Tony
Cara Seymour
Amelia Kavan
Doug Jones
Augustus Margary
Stephen Tobolowsky
Ranger Steve Neely
Gary Farmer
Buster Baxley
Peter Jason
Defense Attorney
Gregory Itzin
Curtis Hanson
Orlean's Husband
Agnes NaDene Baddoo
Orlean Dinner Guest
Paul Fortune
Orlean Dinner Guest
Paul Jasmin
Orlean Dinner Guest
Lisa Love
Orlean Dinner Guest
Wendy Mogel
Orlean Dinner Guest
David O. Russell
Orlean Dinner Guest
Judy Greer
Alice the Waitress
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Caroline Cunningham
Bob Yerkes
Charles Darwin
Lynn Court
Laroche’s Dad
Roger E. Fanter
Laroche’s Uncle
Sandra Lee Gimpel
Laroche’s Mom
Caron Colvett
Laroche’s Wife
Ron Livingston
Marty Bowen
Brian Cox
Robert McKee
John Etter
McKee Lecture Attendee
Ray Berrios
Police Officer
Nancy Lenehan
Kaufman’s Mother
Curt Clendenin
Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
John Malkovich
Himself (uncredited)
Catherine Keener
Herself (uncredited)
John Cusack
Himself (uncredited)
Donald Dowd
Cafe Customer (uncredited)


Nicolas Cage is Charlie Kaufman, a confused L.A. screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald. While struggling to adapt "The Orchid Thief," by Susan Orlean, Kaufman's life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean's book, become strangely intertwined as each one's search for passion collides with the others'.

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