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Culture | The top 5 videos in popularity as measured by rental receipts for the week ended June 4

Issue: "Dumpsters or hospitals?," June 24, 2000
Sleepy Hollow $8.17 million
2 weeks in release
$20.26 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci / Tim Burton (Batman) / Paramount Pictures

PLOT
Washington Irving's classic tale pitting Ichabod Crane against the Headless Horseman gets a big-budget, not-for-kids treatment.

MESSAGE
Pop Goth: The Headless Horseman could be anyone-and he's coming to get you next.

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CAUTION
Rated R for bad language, violence, gore, and sexual situations.

American Beauty $5.35 million
4 weeks in release
$24.52 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening / Sam Mendes / DreamWorks SKG

PLOT
A rootless, shallow suburban family heads down the road to destruction, then steps on the gas.

MESSAGE
Suburbia as existential nightmare. Seemingly normal people live lives of quiet desperation.

CAUTION
Rated R for bad language, nudity, sexual situations, drug use, and violence.

Eye of the beholder $5.21 million
2 weeks in release
$11.14 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Ewan McGregor, Ashley Judd / Stephan Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) / Destination Films

PLOT
Perverted romance about a British spy who falls in love with a serial killer and watches her.

MESSAGE
Voyeurs obsess over the objects of their surveillance.

CAUTION
Rated R for violence, sexual situations, nudity, and bad language.

Man on the moon $5.04 million
1 week in release
$5.06 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito / Milos Forman (Amadeus) / Universal Pictures

PLOT
Biography of late comedian Andy Kaufman, whose absurdist style made him a cult sensation.

MESSAGE
A good gimmick can take an entertainer a long way.

CAUTION
Rated R for sexual situations, nudity, and bad language.

The World is not Enough $4.94 million
3 weeks in release
$19.09 million to date
CAST / DIRECTOR / STUDIO
Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau / Michael Apted (Coal Miner's Daughter) / MGM

PLOT
James Bond races across the world to stop someone from blowing up an oil pipeline.

MESSAGE
The Playboy Philosophy: The handsome man with no conscience can do anything.

CAUTION
Rated PG-13 for bad language, violence, and sexual situations. The sex content is cranked up, so this is definitely not for children.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Remember The Dukes of Hazzard, the TV show centered on a couple of rednecks driving circles around a couple of dimwitted sheriff's deputies? Well, change the setting to a big city and you have a feel for Gone in 60 Seconds (Touchstone Pictures; rated PG-13 for violence, sex, and language), in which Nicolas Cage and Giovanni Ribisi are this decade's answer to Bo and Luke Duke. This time, our heroes are professional car thieves. When the younger brother messes up a "boost," the film's European crime lord (Christopher Eccleston) threatens to kill them if they don't steal 50 cars in less than four days. So the pair lines up a gang (including a wasted Robert Duvall) to help them with their grand theft auto bender. (It's OK, according to this movie, since they're forced into it.) We're then treated to a spree of car chases, explosions, and jump cuts, all courtesy of filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer, the man behind movies like Beverly Hills Cop, Con Air, and Armageddon. But neither the cars nor the characters are very interesting. This remake of a forgotten 1974 action movie plays like a 1980s rock video, which may help some viewers ignore the inanity they see on the screen.

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