Pleasantville (1998)

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Corrected entry: During the scenes at the diner, Mary-Sue and Skip always order Cherry Coke, which wasn't invented until 1985.

Correction: Cherry Coke was not available ready-made in bottles and cans until 1985, but it was standard soda fountain and diner fare for years before; it was made simply by adding cherry-flavored syrup to Coca-Cola. I enjoyed cherry (as well as vanilla) Cokes in childhood well before 1985, and my mother made them when she worked at a soda fountain in the 1960s, where they had been commonplace for decades.


Corrected entry: All cars parked at Lovers' Lane are convertibles. But when the camera is on Mary-Sue's face the car behind her is out of focus but still recognisable as a limousine. (00:31:00)


Correction: When you see the out of focus car behind her the first time, it's the body of the convertible car. The second time, the camera is at a higher angle so you can see that it's the convertible car more. But certainly there's never a limousine behind her.


Corrected entry: When David and his friend are questioning each other on Pleasantville trivia, David is eating chips. There are continuity mistakes between the front and rear views of David - e.g. when they're asking about the name of the cat the rear view shows David eating but the front view shows him dipping a fry into ketchup. (00:06:20)


Correction: I watched this frame by frame and David is eating french fries the whole time.

Corrected entry: When Bud's mom gets scared because she turned "coloured," Bud puts makeup on her to hide the colour. When he is done, she is entirely black and white again. But how did he get the inside of her mouth, irises and edges of her eyes, and hair to change back to black and white?

Correction: The irises of her eyes, if looked at closely during this scene, remain in colour.

Corrected entry: In one scene, Mr. Simpson says he heard that Bud's "dad's got a new car." Later on, when Bud is on his date with Margaret, he's driving a 1954 Buick, which would have been four years old in the show's time of 1958.


Correction: It's "new" to Bud's dad in the sense that it's not his old car. And if it's never been owned by anyone before, it's "new" in that sense as well.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When George comes home and finds no Betty on the night it rains, Jen is upstairs reading. George yells "Honey, I'm home" four times, then shouts "Where's my dinner?" several times. Jen hears none of this and George apparently does not go upstairs to hunt for Betty. At the bowling alley he says, "No one was there" and "No lights were on," yet in a wide shot of the house we see Jen's bedroom light on and she was there.

Correction: Character mistake. He was extremely confused, then when he told the story to his buddies, he confused the details.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the introduction to the Pleasantville marathon, viewers are tempted with a trip to the Pleasantville of their choice. The map shown does not accurately represent the Pleasantvilles of the USA. For example, there is one in Wisconsin that is not shown on the map and, more importantly, the map shows a Pleasantville in Oregon that does not exist in reality. (00:01:40)


Correction: This is a fictional movie, the pleasantvilles may also be fictional.

Corrected entry: David is returning to the real world, and presses the remote. His reflection in the TV fades to black, then disappears. However, when he disappears, the reflections of the two women standing behind him are not there either.

Correction: The camera is filming from an angle, and the reflection is of another part of the room. From the TVs PoW, the camera is filming from the left side, and the women is standing to the left of the TV. Clearly the reflection won't show them.

Corrected entry: David and Jennifer transfer themselves to Pleasantville without any belongings apart from the remote control. Since there has never been rain in Pleasantville, the umbrella the "Bud" gave his girlfriend when standing outside could only be David's school prop, from "outside" Pleasantville.

Correction: They never had a fire, but they had a fire department and a truck with hoses, and hydrants, and protective gear. They even called it the Fire Department, not the Cat Rescue Department. They have books with nothing written in them. There's no reason umbrellas can't exist in Pleasantville.

K.C. Sierra

Corrected entry: At the start of the film the Pleasantville Marathon Quiz is being introduced. On a blackboard a cartoon figure is pointing at three questions. The first one says "Buds Little League Team?" Shouldn't "Buds" be spelt with an apostrophe? On the blackboard it isn't. (00:02:10)

Correction: Character mistake - or in this case, the TV show Pleasantville made a mistake. It's not a movie mistake.

Corrected entry: in the scene where the fireman are saving the cat, they put up a ladder. if you look a the top of the ladder you can see that the hooks are facing outward . as a fireman you would never allow that to happen they would get in the way and you could impale yourself.

Janlyn Rogers

Correction: Those ladders have never been used for anything but to pull cats from trees. And besides, nothing bad ever happens in Pleasantville.


Corrected entry: When the tree in front of Bud's house flares up people stop and watch in shock. Therefore, it doesn't make sense that the firemen are unable to see the fire when they arrive by car, only later when Bud shows them how to use their equipment. The firemen don't even look into the direction of the fire when they come to the scene; on the other hand, passers by stop and look very much as if they realize the danger. (00:46:20)


Correction: The firemen are able to see the fire, they have just never had to put one out before, because it was originally impossible to have a fire in any dangerous way in Pleasantville. They look at the fire, but do not know what to do, as all they have ever had to do is save cats trapped in trees, and so Bud/David has to show them how to work their equipment.

Corrected entry: You can't make clean holes when throwing stones at glass without shattering the whole pane, as it happened to Bill's front window. (01:26:30)


Correction: It depends what kind of glass the window is made of, also there is a considerable amount of paint on the window which would help stop cracks from spreading.


Corrected entry: In the finale it's anger that changes the Chamber of Commerce's director into colour, however when the townsfolk are working up a rage throwing items through the diner's window, they do not change colour. Also the character that Reese Witherspoon sleeps with does not change colour even though this is the main cause of the teenagers' colour changes.

Correction: Anger has nothing to do with changing to color. You have to "find yourself" then you change to color. Look how long it took Tobey Maguire to change.

William Bergquist

Corrected entry: When the mayor is talking to the men in the bowling alley, directly above his head is the score sheet. For the very top name the score has not been tallied in a couple frames but all of the other names have been tallied.

Correction: This is because the last two balls he threw were strikes, denoted by the X, in bowling you do not score strikes until you have thrown 2 more balls. The scoring is correct as shown.


Corrected entry: Despite what "Bud" says, the present-day television used in the movie can still be turned on without a remote.

Matty Blast

Correction: He could be referring to the satellite dish. My old reciever was run entirely by remote, except for the power button. I had to buy a new remote when my daughter lost my first one.

Grumpy Scot

Corrected entry: Since the citizens of Pleasantville don't know what, if anything, is outside of Pleasantville, then why is there an American Flag flying outside the high school?

Correction: They still know that they live in the USA. Whether they know anything about it or not.


Corrected entry: When Margaret hands some cookies over to Bud the arrangement of cookies on the plate is different in close-up. The rather precarious pile must have been glued in some way otherwise it wouldn't have survived the handing over. (00:48:20)


Correction: The magic of Pleasantville isn't totally broken yet, they didn't fall off because that's how it would have been done on the TV show. Just because they can't make perfect baskets anymore doesn't mean girls can't stack and pass perfect piles of cookies.

Corrected entry: When the people of Pleasantville burn the books the fire is in black and white. Earlier on in the film it was clear that fire didn't exist because the fire brigade only knew how to rescue cats. Since fire didn't exist in the black and white world shouldn't the fire be in colour? (01:27:50)


Correction: Fire does exist, other things just don't usually BURN. This would allow them to have things like chestnuts roasting on an open fire but no accidents. When they first go to school in Pleasantville Jennifer lights a lighter with a black and white flame and waves a handkerchief over it. The book fire is probably black and white because it was lit by the black and white people.

Corrected entry: The thunderstom had been raging already for quite a while when Bud's father arrived at the bowling alley. Given its absolute novelty, why hadn't the bowlers heard anything before he pointed it out to them? Bowling alleys are noisy places, but not that noisy. And we can hear the thunderstorm very well inside the bowling alley. (01:14:30)


Correction: You really only hear the storm outside once the bowlers have stopped bowling to listen to George's story. Even if they heard something, they wouldn't think it to be a thunderstorm since "that wouldn't happen in Pleasantville". They probably just thought it was the echoes of bowling sounds.


Factual error: You can see the 3 point line painted out on the basketball court, they never had 3 point lines in the 50s. (00:21:55)

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Jennifer: Hey, can I ask you a question?
David: Sure.
Jennifer: How come I'm still in black and white?
David: What?
Jennifer: I've had, like, ten times as much sex as the rest of these girls, and I still look like this. I mean, they spend, like, an hour in the back seat of some car and all of a sudden they're in Technicolor?
David: I don't know. Maybe it's not just the sex.

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Trivia: The film was filmed entirely in color and had the color removed from the black and white portions in post-production.


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Question: I'm sure I'm missing something, but the ending didn't quite gel with me. I didn't get the significance of George Parker becoming Bill Johnson off-screen. Was it that given the fictional nature of the world/show, they were both different sides of the same person, or what? (01:51:45)

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: I agree. I think there are a couple ways you could interpret this, but I took it to mean that Bill Johnson essentially became the new man in Betty Parker's life and that the show would continue reflecting this change.

Lynette Carrington

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