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Bean (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Family  |  7 November 1997 (USA)
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The bumbling Mr. Bean travels to America when he is given the responsibility of bringing a highly valuable painting to a Los Angeles museum.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chairman (as Sir John Mills)
Alison Langley
George Grierson
Security Buck
Stingo Wheelie
Det. Butler
Lord Walton
June Brown ...
Peter James ...
Dr. Rosenblum


Bean works as a caretaker at Britain's formidable Royal National Gallery, and his bosses want to fire him because he sleeps at work all the time, but can't because the chairman of the gallery's board defends him. They send him to USA, to the small Los Angeles art gallery instead, where he'll have to officiate at the opening of the greatest US picture ever (called "Whistler's Mother"). Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for moments of risque humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bean: The Movie  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,255,233 (USA) (17 October 1997)


$45,298,656 (USA) (23 January 1998)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mr. Bean's employers are the antagonists of the film: Mr. Bean's employers lie to David Langley about Mr. Bean being a art scholar and send him to Los Angeles instead of a proper art scholar and they did not care that Mr. Bean's behavior, clumsiness and unintentional turmoil would threaten the painting as well as David Langley's marriage. See more »


When David fears for his career after seeing the ruined painting, he incorrectly claims that he left Bean alone with the picture. It was in fact Grierson who advised him to stay. David only agreed with him; he didn't actually make the suggestion. See more »


[after seeing what Bean did to the painting]
David Langley: Oh Jesus! Oh God! Oh Jesus! Mary mother Jesus of Nazareth!
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Flashbacks of the movie appear at the beginning of the closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Boys Don't Cry (2000) See more »


Elected Mr. Bean And The Smear Campaign
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User Reviews

Truly a underrated movie!
25 April 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Bean: The Movie is without a shadow of a doubt, one best comedies of 1997. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is working as a guard in the Royal Gallery of London. His employers, except for one, all hate him. They send him on a two-month sabbatical (to get rid of him for awhile) to present Whistler's Mother to the Grierson Art Gallery in Los Angeles. The only problem? They told the Grierson that he was a world-famous scholar! If you think Bean couldn't get into any more trouble than he does in the UK, wait till you see what he does in the movie!

Bean stays with the Langley family, all of whom I found annoying except for David (Peter MacNicol), Bean's new friend. Burt Reynolds even has a short cameo appearance as General Newton, a person who cares nothing for art personally.

Although he used some of his former gags, there is enough new ones that make the movie stand out. The movie did better overseas than in the U.S. due to moronic critics and bad advertising.

Bottom line, Bean: The Movie never got the credit it deserved over here. I would buy this movie on DVD or VHS, whichever you prefer. Also if you're a Bean fan, look for The Best Bits of Mr. Bean. It's a collection of Mr. Bean skits from his TV show!

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