Pleasantville (1998)

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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.


Corrected entry: How do the Pleasantville inhabitants know what green, blue and yellow is? If everything's supposed to be in black and white, plus they don't think there's anything outside of Pleasantville, how do they even know what colours are?

Correction: The basis of Pleasantville is that it is old TV show. They know what blue and rain are, but because it is an old and perfect world they have experienced neither.


Corrected entry: When David is showing off his Pleasantville knowledege to his friend, he says "Why did his parents come home early from the weekend at the lakes?" If there's nothing outside Pleasantville, where did they go? (00:06:10)

Correction: They went to the lakes. They are obviously within Pleasantville - there's a lake at lovers' lane for example.


Corrected entry: Just after David and Jennifer are sent to Pleasantville they are walking to school. To protest the situation Jennifer takes off her barrette and throws it into the bushes. However, when they get to school she is wearing the barrette again. She continues to wear it for the rest of the day. (00:18:20)

Correction: It only appears that Jennifer throws the barrette down, because she makes a downward striking motion with her hand, but when David turns her around to face him, you can see her holding the barrette in her right hand.


Corrected entry: Pleasantville's basketball team is known for never losing a game to any other school. But in the movie, there's nothing outside of Pleasantville; all the Pleasantville people say so. If this is true, who is the Pleasantville basketball team playing against?

Correction: A crosstown rival, perhaps? Obviously there are plenty of cities and towns with more than one high school. Granted, one school always losing isn't very pleasant, but that's irrelevant, given that the only important school is the one that the main characters of the sitcom go to.


Corrected entry: Cheeseburgers were unknown in Pleasantville before Jennifer's and David's entrance. How come Skip ordered one on his first date with Mary-Sue? (00:28:30)


Correction: How do you know cheese burgers were unknown? It's the only food the people in Pleasantville order in the burger bar, plus the burger bar owner goes on to say that there are no cheese burgers because David/Bud hasn't done things in the usual order.


Corrected entry: When Bud shows the art book to Bill, he is looking through it on the counter. After a lot of close-ups of turning pages they end up sitting at a table. (00:59:45)


Correction: It's a big book full of pages, it's entirely feasible that they got up and mooved into a more comfortable position, there is no suggestion that the opening to the closing of the book is in real time.


Factual error: When Reese Witherspoon's character is sitting at the desk reading, there is a cheerleading trophy and the cheerleader on it is wearing a mini skirt, - they didn't have mini skirts on the cheerleading outfits then. (01:08:20)

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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: In the courtroom scene, all the people that have turned to color have to sit on the upper level. This is reminiscent of "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1963) where, in a similarly-built southern courthouse in the 1930's, all the "colored people" (African Americans) were relegated to the upper level.

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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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