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The Dentist (1996)

R | | Horror | 18 October 1996 (USA)
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An extremely successful dentist goes off the deep end after he catches his wife cheating on him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Hoffman ...
Michael Stadvec ...
Tony Noakes ...
Virginya Keehne ...
Paula Roberts (as Lise Simms)
Brian McLaughlin ...


Dr. Feinstone has everything, a beautiful wife and a successful career in dentistry, but, when he discovers his wife in an affair, he realizes that behind every clean, white surface lies the stench of decay. Having gone insane, he enacts cruel dental torture on his patients. Written by Jason Borchers <jasonmb@calweb.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic violence including scenes of dental torture, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Dentista  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


(at around 26 mins) The dead dog was actually a dead stuffed goat. They turned the head so the horns are not visible and put some fake blood on it. This was the first day of shooting and they could not find a dead look-a-like dog. See more »


(at around 21 mins) Jody's lei vanishes/appears repeatedly as his mother carries him away. See more »


Dr. Alan Feinstone: Blood sucking leeches!
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Crazy Credits

Lead Assistant ... Shea "Blood Guy" Clayton. See more »


Followed by The Dentist 2 (1998) See more »


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User Reviews

Just writing this review makes me Shiver.
7 May 2002 | by (Dr. Feinstone's opera chair) – See all my reviews

An emotionally gripping and eerie film. Bernsen deserves an award of some kind for his performance. This is an excellent watch even though the finale leaves a lot to question.

I don't know about you but I found myself rooting for Feinstone for most of the movie (and not in a Jason way) because quite frankly who wouldn't lose it if they saw their wife giving a pool boy a b***job.

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