Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire

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Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Chris Columbus, Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan

     
 

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Robin Williams learns that keeping in touch with his children can be a drag in this hit comedy. Daniel Hillard (Williams) is an eccentric actor who specializes in dubbing voices for cartoon characters. Daniel is a kind man and a loving father, but he's a poor disciplinarian and a shaky role model. After throwing an elaborate and disastrous birthday party for his son,… See more details below

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Robin Williams learns that keeping in touch with his children can be a drag in this hit comedy. Daniel Hillard (Williams) is an eccentric actor who specializes in dubbing voices for cartoon characters. Daniel is a kind man and a loving father, but he's a poor disciplinarian and a shaky role model. After throwing an elaborate and disastrous birthday party for his son, Daniel's wife Miranda (Sally Field) reaches the end of her patience and files for divorce. Daniel is heartbroken when Miranda is given custody of the children, and he's only allowed to visit them once a week. Determined to stay in contact with his kids, Daniel learns that Miranda is looking for a housekeeper, and with help from his brother Frank (Harvey Fierstein), a makeup artist, Daniel gets the job disguised as Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire, a stern but caring Scottish nanny. Daniel pulls off the ruse so well that neither his ex-wife nor his children recognize him, and in the process, he learns how to be the good parent he should have been all along. However, Daniel also has to deal with the little matter of Miranda's new boyfriend, Stu (Pierce Brosnan).

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Chris Columbus' Mrs. Doubtfire is one of Robin Williams' biggest hits, with more than 420 million dollars in worldwide receipts and status as a surefire ratings-getter whenever it is shown on network television. Not long after voicing the motormouth Genie in Aladdin, Williams takes his range even further as one of the most popular cross-dressing figures of all time, next to Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie and Dame Edna Everage. Once the audience concedes that a dense layer of makeup is enough to conceal Williams' identity from the people who know him best, his family, Mrs. Doubtfire takes off as a first-rate screwball comedy with impeccable timing and a handful of classic scenes. Especially memorable are Williams' attempts to bounce between dinners at two different tables, as two different people, in one restaurant, which involves numerous costume changes and some awkward fumbling with an uncooperative set of false teeth. Numerous such close shaves are the bread and butter of this movie, and Williams makes them work perfectly. Even if they strain credibility to the breaking point, the outcome easily justifies a full suspension of disbelief. Supporting players Sally Field, Harvey Fierstein, and Pierce Brosnan are all wonderfully cast. The comedy's soft underbelly of sentiment would preview some of Williams' more saccharine choices later in the 1990s, but did not sufficiently detract from the proceedings at this point.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/1996
UPC:
0086162858833
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Daniel Hillard,Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire
Sally Field Miranda Hillard
Pierce Brosnan Stu
Harvey Fierstein Frank
Polly Holliday Gloria
Lisa Jakub Lydia Hillard
Matthew Lawrence Chris Hillard
Mara Wilson Natalie Hillard
Robert Prosky Mr. Lundy
Anne Haney Mrs. Sellner
Scott Capurro Jack
Danielle Spencer Cook
Sydney Walker Bus Driver
Martin Mull Justin Gregory
Terry McGovern ADR Director Lou
Karen Kahn 1st Female Employee
James Cunningham Male Employee
Ralph Peduto Cop
Scott Beach Judge
Juliette Marshall Miranda's Attorney
Jessica Myerson Miranda's Mother
James Cranna Ron
Toad Bartender
Rick Overton Maitre 'd
Paul Guilfoyle Head Chef
Molly McClure Woman Housekeeper
William Newman Mr.Spinkles
Adam Bryant Man in Men's Room
Joe Bellan TV Boss
Eva Gholson Employee

Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Joan Bradshaw Co-producer
Greg Cannon Makeup
Stephen Lee Davis Asst. Director
Paula Depre' Associate Producer
Leslie Dixon Screenwriter
Harold L. Fuhrman Set Decoration/Design
Robert C. Goldstein Set Decoration/Design
Raja Gosnell Editor
Angelo P. Graham Production Designer
W. Steven Graham Art Director
Geoffrey Hansen Asst. Director
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Garrett Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Cherylanne Martin Asst. Director
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
John McLeod Special Effects
Mark A. Radcliffe Producer
Matthew Rushton Executive Producer
Douglas Ryan Camera Operator
Steven A. Saklad Set Decoration/Design
Howard Shore Score Composer
Randi Mayem Singer Screenwriter
Nelson Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Pamela Westmore Makeup
Marsha Garces Williams Producer
Robin Williams Producer
Steven Wolff Set Decoration/Design

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