Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality

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Director: Donald Petrie

Cast: Donald Petrie, Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt

     
 

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Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent with a reputation for being aggressive and hard-nosed, who has long wanted to duplicate the career of her deceased mother, also an FBI agent, who died in the line of duty. Her cantankerous nature, though, has made her few friends, excepting her trusting, sensitive partner Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt). However, her true… See more details below

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Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent with a reputation for being aggressive and hard-nosed, who has long wanted to duplicate the career of her deceased mother, also an FBI agent, who died in the line of duty. Her cantankerous nature, though, has made her few friends, excepting her trusting, sensitive partner Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt). However, her true abilities are put to the test when she is called upon to infiltrate a Miss United States pageant after a terrorist threatens to bomb it. Gracie, who prides herself on her toughness, must now feminize her behavior to effectively participate in the pageant with the aid of Victor Melling (Michael Caine), a pompous consultant who dreams of whisking away Gracie's past self and creating "Gracie Lou Freebush" for an appreciative, all-American audience. After her arduous conversion, Gracie must play the role of beauty queen and FBI agent, and try not to blow her undercover outfit. Miss Congeniality, which was produced by star Bullock, features television stalwarts William Shatner and Candice Bergen in supporting roles.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Following a long string of financially disappointing films, Sandra Bullock attempted a return to star status with this glossy, effective action comedy that she also produced through her company Fortis Films. If the script for Miss Congeniality is too by-the-numbers, predictable, and preprogrammed, it also makes exuberantly satirical use of its main idea of a butch FBI agent undercover at a beauty pageant, sending up that world's participants with relish. Particularly noteworthy are vigorous, funny supporting performances from Michael Caine and William Shatner as longtime pageant veterans suffering the vagaries of their profession with good humor and wit. When Bullock turns on her high-wattage charm, as she does here, she earns her status as an alternative Julia Roberts. (Indeed, her vibrant acting quickly earned her a Golden Globe nomination.) With a smidgen more edge and a dash of extra attitude -- perhaps casting her as a lesbian instead of a red-blooded heterosexual -- Bullock's film might truly have been a classic comedy. But in the hands of director Donald Petrie, who's overly friendly with the lowest common denominator, the watered-down final product is too eager to please. At its core, however, Miss Congeniality is an entertaining farce that prevails in its chief effort -- putting Bullock back on the mainstream map.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
UPC:
0012569707344
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
3,479

Special Features

Closed Caption; Sneak peek at Miss Congeniality 2 Armed and Fabulous; Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Beauty Queen? quiz hosted by William Shatner; 3 additional scenes; 2 commentaries: Sandra Bullock & co-screenwriter Mark Lawrence; director Donald Petrie; 2 documentaries: Preparing the Pageant and The Pageant; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Gracie Hart
Michael Caine Victor Melling
Benjamin Bratt Eric Matthews
William Shatner Stan Fields
Ernie Hudson McDonald
John DiResta Agent Clonsky
Candice Bergen Kathy Morningside
Heather Burns Cheryl "Rhode Island"
Melissa DeSousa Karen "New York"
Steve Monroe Frank Tobin
Stephen Bruton Bartender

Technical Credits
Donald Petrie Director
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Sandra Bullock Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Susie de Santo Costumes/Costume Designer
Katie Ford Co-producer,Screenwriter
Scott Grossman Choreography
Barbara Haberecht Set Decoration/Design
Raymond Kluga Art Director
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Marc Lawrence Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Steffan Olsson Songwriter
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Schnur Musical Direction/Supervision
Ellen H. Schwartz Asst. Director
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Ginger Sledge Executive Producer
Billy Weber Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Young Gracie Intervenes [2:08]
2. Grownup Gracie Intervenes [4:51]
3. Official Business [4:07]
4. Antisocial Engagement [4:10]
5. Undercover Candidates [4:43]
6. Wrestling With the Idea [2:25]
7. The New Entrant [2:39]
8. Gliding With Dirty Harriet [4:58]
9. Beauty Without Mercy [4:14]
10. Nice Work [2:38]
11. Aloha, Fellow Contestants [3:09]
12. Amazing Grace [2:17]
13. Cheryl's Talent [3:59]
14. What's Gracie's Talent? [1:13]
15. Good Cover [2:14]
16. Gun Crazy [2:42]
17. Between Us Girls [2:54]
18. They're Gonna Love You [2:24]
19. Swimsuit Time [4:38]
20. A Hardened Criminal [3:08]
21. Girl's Night Out [2:17]
22. Alone in the Right Place [5:01]
23. A Gift From Victor [3:27]
24. States on Parade [3:46]
25. Top-10 Finalists [3:52]
26. Just Us vs. Frank [1:59]
27. Her New Talent [3:21]
28. The Final Five [3:17]
29. Brief Shining Moment [2:16]
30. Crowning Moment [1:57]
31. It's a Date [4:30]
32. Miss Congeniality [2:21]
33. End Credits [2:38]

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