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Drop Dead Gorgeous
     

Drop Dead Gorgeous

4.2 9
Director: Michael Patrick Jann,

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney

 

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So how far would you go to win a beauty pageant? That's the burning question of Drop Dead Gorgeous, in which the citizens of Mount Rose, Minnesota gear up for the year's biggest event, the Sarah Rose Miss Teen Princess America Pageant, in which Becky Leeman (Denise Richards) and Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst) are the contestants to beat. Becky's mother Gladys

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So how far would you go to win a beauty pageant? That's the burning question of Drop Dead Gorgeous, in which the citizens of Mount Rose, Minnesota gear up for the year's biggest event, the Sarah Rose Miss Teen Princess America Pageant, in which Becky Leeman (Denise Richards) and Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst) are the contestants to beat. Becky's mother Gladys (Kirstie Alley), a former beauty queen herself, has instilled in her daughter a drive to succeed at any cost. And Gladys will do anything to help Becky's chances of success. Amber's mother Annette (Ellen Barkin) is devoted to her daughter but drinks, smokes, and swears like a sailor. And while Amber is ambitious and a skilled beautician (a talent that she uses in her part-time job at the local mortuary), her view of the pageant is pragmatic: while boys can get sports scholarships, this pageant may be her only ticket out of town. However, Amber and the other contestants may have underestimated just how badly Becky wants to win -- or just how good she is with a gun. Drop Dead Gorgeous was directed by Michael Patrick Jann, a founding member of the sketch comedy group The State (who had their own series on MTV), and written by Lorna Williams, a veteran of the beauty pageant circuit who claims that nearly everything in the film is based on an actual incident.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Laura Abraham
One of the first directors to fully realize the possibilities of the mock-documentary was Rob Reiner in the classic This Is Spinal Tap. Since then, audiences have had an onslaught of variations on the form, including the decent Drop Dead Gorgeous. This reckless little film was brought forth from the sarcastic pen of Lona Williams, who previously had written and produced for The Drew Carey Show. Williams' attention to detail should come as no surprise: she had been first runner-up in the national Junior Miss competition. Her over-the-top satire may be too much for some audience members -- some of the jokes seem to be beaten to death. But Kirsten Dunst is convincing as golden girl Amber Atkins, strutting around her trailer park practicing her talent routines, and Denise Richards adds a quiet honesty to the role of Becky Leeman. In fact, these two actresses take the script and run with it, making it their own. It's ultimately a pretty good laugh.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2016
UPC:
0888574409609
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
2,101

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirsten Dunst Amber Atkins
Ellen Barkin Annette Atkins
Allison Janney Loretta
Denise Richards Becky Leeman
Kirstie Alley Gladys Leeman
Brittany Murphy Lisa Swenson
Sam McMurray Lester Leeman
Tara Redepenning Molly Howard
Amy Adams Leslie Miller
Shannon Nelson Tess Weinhaus
Sara Stewart Jenelle Betz
Brooke Bushman Tammy Curry
Mindy Sterling Iris Clark
Matt Malloy John Dough
Michael McShane Harold Vilmes
Will Sasso Hank Vilmes
Lona Williams Actor
Casey Garven Actor
Nora Dunn Actor
Mo Gaffney Actor
Adam West Actor
Richard Narita Actor
Patti Yasutake Actor
Seiko Matsuda Actor
Thomas Lennon Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Patrick Jann Director
Ruth Ammon Production Designer
Maria Baker Art Director
Linda Brachman Asst. Director
Helen Britten Set Decoration/Design
David Codron Editor
Janice Hampton Editor
Judy Hofflund Producer
Evyen Klean Musical Direction/Supervision
Donna Langley Executive Producer
Mimi Melgaard Costumes/Costume Designer
Mack Melton Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Mitchell Choreography
Mark Mothersbaugh Score Composer
Michael Nelson Co-producer
Gavin Pallone Producer
John Papsidera Casting
Claire Rudnick Polstein Executive Producer
Michael Spiller Cinematographer
Lona Williams Executive Producer,Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Drop Dead Gorgeous
1. Main Title [3:45]
2. Welcome To Mount Rose [2:18]
3. Meet The Contestants [8:08]
4. The Show Must Go On [3:07]
5. Home Sweet Home [2:39]
6. Meet The Judges [4:15]
7. Brett Clemmens [6:58]
8. Trailer Park Inferno [6:30]
9. Judges Interview [4:17]
10. Dress Rehearsal [4:21]
11. Proud To Be An American [3:25]
12. Backstage Tensions/Don't Cry Out Loud [3:09]
13. Physical Fitness [1:45]
14. The Talent Portion [5:43]
15. Can't Take My Eyes Off You [2:46]
16. Amber's Turn [2:03]
17. And The Winner Is... [6:44]
18. The Parade [5:53]
19. A New Winner [2:56]
20. State Finals [6:20]
21. Nationals [2:57]
22. Epilogue/End Credits [7:47]

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Drop Dead Gorgeous 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie has it all : comedy, murder and for the guys a little bit with the shirts off! its the best movie i have ever seen and it keeps me laughing the whole thime. The charictars are cool and i love Kirsten dunst's accsent!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm from the mid-west... North Dakota to be exact, and I've been around small town and small town people and let me tell you, nothing is more accurate about life in those towns. This movie it truly hillarious and great. Go see it and laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film absolutely ranks as one of the 10 Best Funniest of the Year! It looks like a documentary, but leaves you in stitches and tears from laughter. Great comic performances from the whole cast insure the success of this film. Never before has there been such a howlingly funny look at the Lethality of Women. I hope and pray for a sequel! This is a Great and Funny Movie! SEE IT!
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