Flawless

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Overview

Can a homophobic former rent-a-cop find happiness learning to sing with a man in a dress? That's the big question in this comedy-drama. A retired security guard Robert De Niro, deeply conservative and set in his ways, falls victim to a debilitating stroke. His doctors prescribe an extensive program of physical therapy once he's released from the hospital, including singing lessons to help him regain his full powers of speech. As it turns out, there's a vocal instructor living next door to the guard, so he signs ...
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Overview

Can a homophobic former rent-a-cop find happiness learning to sing with a man in a dress? That's the big question in this comedy-drama. A retired security guard Robert De Niro, deeply conservative and set in his ways, falls victim to a debilitating stroke. His doctors prescribe an extensive program of physical therapy once he's released from the hospital, including singing lessons to help him regain his full powers of speech. As it turns out, there's a vocal instructor living next door to the guard, so he signs up only to discover that his new teacher is a flamboyant drag queen awaiting a sex-change operation Philip Seymour Hoffman. Written and directed by Joel Schumacher, Flawless also stars Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Daphne Rubin-Vega, both of whom first gained notice in the Broadway musical Rent, as well as Rory Cochran and Barry Miller.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
After the back-to-back box-office failures of Batman and Robin (1997) and 8MM (1999), filmmaker Joel Schumacher retreated to a lower-budget, more personal style of project by writing and directing this character-driven comedy-drama. Schumacher uses a heavy hand with his plot, cramming in cliches such as a drug deal gone sour and a supporting cast of New York eccentrics that are straight out of central casting. However, the substance of his tale is in the relationship that develops between stroke victim Walt (Robert De Niro) and drag queen Rusty (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and it's here that the director's talent shines once again. Certainly, the delightful character interaction that forms the basis of Flawless (1999) can be attributed in great part to a pair of uniquely gifted performers. Hoffman, all gentleness and grace, finds the fractured soul inside an outrageous, flamboyant bon vivant, eschewing the hysteria with which so many other modern actors would have played the part. Opposite him, De Niro employs his great mechanical skill to convincingly mimic the mannerisms of the semi-paralyzed, even finding humor there, which is a bold and courageous choice. But credit must be given to Schumacher for crafting the scenario, choosing his leads well, and letting them shine instead of overwhelming them with the gloss and visual wizardry of his most recent films. Despite periodic forays into hand-wringing, over-the-top melodrama, Flawless is a promising and welcome return to substance for a filmmaker who appears to be back on track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/5/2000
  • UPC: 027616727930
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Walt Koontz
Philip Seymour Hoffman Rusty Zimmerman
Barry Miller Leonard Wilcox
Christopher Bauer Jacko
Skipp Sudduth Tommy Walsh
Wilson Jermaine Heredia Cha Cha
Nashom Benjamin Amazing Grace
Scott Allen Cooper Ivana
Rory Cochrane Pogo
Daphne Rubin-Vega Tia
Wanda De Jesus Karen
Joey Arias
Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Gary Alper Sound/Sound Designer
Caroline Baron Co-producer
Mali Finn Casting
Sarah Knowles Art Director
John Leveque Sound Editor
Neil Machlis Executive Producer
Tony Milch Sound Editor
Tony Milch Sound Editor
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
Declan Quinn Cinematographer
Eli Richbourg Associate Producer
Bruce Roberts Score Composer
Jan Roelfs Production Designer
Jane Rosenthal Producer
Amy Sayres Co-producer
Michael Steele Asst. Director
Mark Stevens Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    PSH was superb in his role. I laughed & I cried. This is one of my favorite movies. De Niro was great, as always. The film reminded me to look beyond the exterior to the heart of a person. PSH keeps getting better with each film. I love him!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Off-Beat and Excellent

    An off-beat but excellent film starring Robert DeNiro who gives a solid but low-keyed performance as a stroke victim in need of singing lessons to regain his speech. Philip Seymour Hoffman gives a brilliant and gutsy performance as Rusty, the flaming drag queen vocal coach, and it's worth buying the film for this performance alone.

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