American Beauty release date

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Celebrating its 20th anniversary, I recently checked out the IMDb page for American Beauty (1999), and noticed something odd:
- The release date page lists the movie as having been released in India on 1 February 1999 (
- This is some three weeks PRIOR to principal photography of the movie wrapping on 25 February 1999, according to the Filming & Production page (

Production company DreamWorks lists the world premiere of the movie on 8 September 1999 (, and the movie was released worldwide in most other areas in early 2000. As such it's likely that the India release date was 1 February 2000 rather than 1999, or sometime around then, but I lack proper sources for Indian release dates myself.

As such I tried recently to delete the release date from IMDb as it is obviously wrong, and rather have someone who does have a proper source add the correct Indian release date again later. Update receiptĀ #190912-171523-019000. But my contribution was rejected, because you "have been unable to verify your contribution".

Rather than verifying my "contribution", shouldn't you try to verify that the movie was actually released in India three weeks prior to having been wrapped, and several months before it had gone through post production, and in failing to find confirmation for that, believe that I'm right in pointing out that this has to be erroneous and delete the date?

I hope my post here might help clear up this error once and for all.
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Not the same issue. There should be no doubt that the movie was released in 1999, as the comments in that thread correctly point out, in addition to the link in my initial post to DreamWorks' own page about the movie. However it was not released as early as 1 February 1999, as the IMDb release page currently would have you believe, nor does it seem likely that India got the world premiere of the movie in a general release, over half a year before the rest of the world (earlier releases Internationally as part of a movie festival is not uncommon, but that doesn't seem to be the case here).
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Thank you for the report, I've removed that date now until further evidence can be provided which confirms that it is correct.