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A perfect Beverly Hills housewife by day - a prehistoric flying reptile by night.
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Beverly D'Angelo ... Pixie Chandler

Aron Eisenberg ... Tommy Chandler

Barry Humphries ... Bert / Lady Shopper / Manager

Brion James ... Salvador Dali / Sam
Sharon Martin ... Jenny Chandler

Stephen McHattie ... Dr. Egbert Drum
Aleks Shaklin ... Dr. Zavenbrot

Ron Soble ... Pablo Picasso
Eddie Wilde ... Janensch
Brad Wilson ... Dick Chandler

Moon Unit Zappa ... Susie
Carmine Zozzora ... Dr. Harold Harold
Jonathan Ball ... Officer Othello
Cabiria Cardinale ... Karen / Mrs. Goldberg
Holley Chant ... Mrs. Hoffman

Sonia Nassery Cole ... Mystic Woman (as Sonia Cole)
Bruce Critchley ... Dr. Smegburger
Danny Ferrington ... Stealth Bomber Pilot
Douchan Gersi ... Thompson
Francesca Hilton ... Helene
Maxine John-James ... Michelle / Mrs.McKenzie

Ruta Lee ... Mrs. Poole
Floyd Levine ... Golf Partner
Georges Mora ... Children
Madeleine Mora ... Children
Philippe Mora ... Dr. Louis Blum
Tilo Pander ... Aerobics Instructor
Barbara Stuart ... Mrs. Seidel

Directed by
Philippe Mora 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philippe Mora 

Produced by
Scott Billups .... co-producer
Bruce Critchley .... producer
Beverly D'Angelo .... associate producer
Brion James .... associate producer
Philippe Mora .... producer
Karen Penhale .... line producer
John Remark .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Hay 
Cinematography by
Walter Bal 
Film Editing by
Ross Guidici 
Production Design by
Pamela Krause Mora 
Costume Design by
Reve Richards 
Makeup Department
Jaremy Aiello .... prosthetics
Elaine Alexander .... prosthetics
Kevin Brennan .... prosthetics
Jill Cady .... key hair stylist
Jill Cady .... key makeup artist
William Czlapka .... prosthetics
David Greathouse .... prosthetics
Martina Kohl .... hair stylist
Martina Kohl .... makeup artist
Pamela Krause Mora .... hair stylist supervisor
Pamela Krause Mora .... makeup supervisor
Brian Sipe .... prosthetics
Production Management
Karen Penhale .... unit production manager
Sound Department
John H. Gilman .... production sound mixer
LaNessa Phearson .... boom operator
Melissa Sherwood Hofmann .... re-recording mixer
Brian Slack .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Scott Billups .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Kendall .... assistant camera
Lincoln Morrison .... second unit (1997)
Other crew
Chuck Atkins .... production assistant
Brett Born .... production assistant
Matthew K. Grigsby .... production assistant
Suzanne Wilson-Fellows .... production executive
Licia Wolf .... script supervisor

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Rated R for language and some sexual content
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Canada:14A (Ontario) | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:16 (video rating) | USA:R


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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A thumbs-up from me!, 20 February 2003
Author: chimpa from Australia

I can understand how many people would find this movie a waste of 97 minutes of their lives, but I loved it. It didn't try to be a Hollywood blockbuster, which is certainly a good thing; low-budget films that aim too high only embarrass themselves. However, Pterodactyl Woman From Beverly Hills (PWFBH) laughed at itself for being a B-Movie (or perhaps a C-movie??). Whilst the storyline is quite lame, it is gentle and amusing; an archaeologist disturbs some bones, and is cursed by a voodoo man calling himself Salvador Dali ("What can I say? I like his work"). This curse causes his wife to turn into a pterodactyl every now and then (the transformations come at night, but the mannerisms remain through the daylight hours - eg. Swallowing live carp in a supermarket). If you are a die-hard, high-budget movie fan who likes big computer-generated explosions from Star Wars or tense, engaging chase films like The Fugitive, then chances are that you won't like PWFBH. On the other hand, if you like movies for the entertainment value, and are not scared to try something different, have a look at this film. Don't take it too seriously (which isn't hard with characters called Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso), but sit back and enjoy. My personal favourite character was Sam ("Have you come....for a cocktail....with Sam?"), and favourite scene was the surreal but wonderful Blue Martini song. If I were to rate this film with a critic's eye, it would not come up too highly, but from a viewer P.O.V., it was enjoyable and, at times, hilarious, gaining about 8 or 9 out of 10. Keep an eye out for Barry Humphries as the supermarket salesman, and his famous character Dame Edna Everage in the background of the same scene.

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