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21 September 1990 (USA) See more »
Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Goldblum ... Dexter King

Emma Thompson ... Kate

Rowan Atkinson ... Ron Anderson

Geraldine James ... Carmen
Emil Wolk ... Charlie

Kim Thomson ... Cheryl
Harold Innocent ... Timothy

Anna Massey ... Mary
Joanna Kanska ... Tamara
Peter Kelly ... Gavin
Tim Barlow ... Mr. Morrow (as Timothy Barlow)
Hugh Thomas ... Dr. Karabekian
Charles Augins ... Choreographer
Peter Brewis ... Freddy
Joolia Cappleman ... Costume Designer
John Waldon ... Company Stage Manager
Angus Deayton ... Actor in Agent's Office
Robin Driscoll ... Actor in Agent's Office
Harriet Keevil ... Mary's Secretary
Tony Forsyth ... Berkoff Actor
Stephen Marchant ... Berkoff Actor
Ian Lindsay ... TV Director
Kate Duchêne ... Old Girlfriend (as Kate Duchene)
Angela Meredith ... Old Girlfriend
Fred Bryant ... Dying Old Man
Susan Field ... Dr. Freud
Michael Fitzgerald ... Man with Vacuum Cleaner Pipe
Matthew Francis ... Emergency Doctor

Jason Isaacs ... Doctor 2

Francis Johnson ... Male Nurse
Charles Lamb ... Old Man in Wheelchair
Martin Sadler ... Doctor 1
Thomas Lockyer ... Michael
Kate Lonergan ... Stage Manager - Rubberface
Declan Mulholland ... Rubberface Doorman
Anthony Woodruff ... Elephant Doorman
Simon Bell ... After Dark Presenter
Susan Beresford ... W.P.C.
Sarah-Jane Fenton ... Actress at Awards Show
Piers Fletcher ... Piers Fletcher
Jon Glover ... Singing Underpants (voice)
Neil Hamilton ... Naked George
Bob Appleby ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Wayne Anthoney ... 'Elephant' Chorus (as Wayne Antony)
Peter Barry ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Mike De Souter ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Steve Graf ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Stacey Haynes ... 'Elephant' Chorus
B.J. Rambo ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Bruce Leader ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Jan Lloyd ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Kenny Linden ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Jerry Manley ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Toby Philpott ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Ruby-Marie Hutchinson ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Kim Rosato ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Wendy Schoeman ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Nadine Shenton ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Dougie Trevor ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Stephen Tye ... 'Elephant' Chorus

Melvyn Bragg ... Melvyn Bragg

John Inman ... John Inman
Suggs ... Suggs

Jonathan Ross ... Jonathan Ross
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Curtis ... Man Leaving Bathroom (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Singing Man in Bed (uncredited)

Mel Smith ... Drunken Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Smith 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Curtis  written by

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
Paul Webster .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Brewis 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle 
Film Editing by
Dan Rae 
Production Design by
Grant Hicks 
Costume Design by
Denise Simmons 
Makeup Department
Daniel Parker .... prosthetics designer
Morag Ross .... makeup department head
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Bellew .... third assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... first assistant director
Art Department
Alan Booth .... construction manager
Sound Department
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Peter Maxwell .... re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Cormac Tohill .... sound recordist
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Noel Wallace .... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Elaine Ford .... stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunts
Jeff Hewitt-Davis .... stunts (as Jeff Davis)
Colin Skeaping .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Day .... gaffer
Ian Foster .... camera operator
Kevin Fraser .... key grip
Gary Varney .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alex Grace .... costumer
Alex Grace .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Paul Elman .... second assistant editor
Gregory Heim .... assistant editor (US version)
Jonathan Lucas .... first assistant editor
Steve Porter .... final colorist
Location Management
Barney Reisz .... location manager
Music Department
Nina Anstee .... orchestra contractor
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Paul Hulme .... music engineer
Alan Lawrence .... music co-ordinator
Other crew
William Green .... production coordinator
Neil Hamilton .... stand-in
Shari Piper .... stand-in

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92 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

The name "Ron Anderson" is remarkably similar to the name of the actor who plays him, Rowan Atkinson. One of the other contenders for the award that Anderson won was Griff Rhys Jones, the "Jones" half of the comedy duo "Alas Smith & Jones" (1984). Mel Smith (the Smith half) directed the film. Smith, Jones and Atkinson starred together in the television series "Not the Nine O'Clock News" (1979). Also, Anderson refers to his side-kick (Jeff Goldblum) on stage as "Perkins". When performing live, Atkinson frequently uses Angus Deayton as his sidekick who is always called "Perkins". Deayton makes a small appearance in the film as an actor looking at several excellent roles while Dexter gets offered a single role as a tall American.See more »
Revealing mistakes: (at around 1h 6 mins) In a hallway made of bricks, a drunk character falls against the walls and onto the floor, causing the "brick" set to wobble.See more »
Mary:Well, the only other thing at the moment is a new musical that the RSC are doing.
Dexter:Er, what's it about?
Mary:The Elephant Man.
Dexter:A musical of the Elephant Man? What's it called?
Mary:"Elephant", I think - with an exclamation mark presumably.
Dexter:Pity the poor bastard who has to play the elephant.
Mary:Remember dearest, everyone thought Jesus Christ Superstar was a stupid idea.
Dexter:Jesus Christ Superstar WAS a stupid idea.
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
One scene alone makes it worth seeing, 13 March 2001
Author: jessfink ( from NYC

Now, I have to say that I went to see this based on the review of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, both of whom could not get through a sentence without breaking into laughter when discussing several key scenes. I had never seen either one of them behave that way before, so I went out--this is, what, twelve years ago?--and plunked down my $5 and proceeded to laugh my butt off for two hours. I found both the sex scene and the scene of the musical to be minor gems, and can't recommend this film highly enough, particularly if you are A) a Jeff Goldblum fan, B) an Emma Thompson fan C) a Rowan Atkinson fan, or D) a musical theatre aficionado. You will laugh about the musical theater scene for years to come, particularly if you think Andrew Lloyd Webber is the antichrist, as I do.

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