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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Be afraid, be very afraid, Mr. Bean has a passport. See more »


Comedy | Family

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sequel Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007) was released a decade after this film. See more »


In the bar scene, a baseball game is on television. However, in the turkey scene, David says the turkey is for thanksgiving. Thanksgiving happens in November, and the MLB season ends in October. See more »


[the Langleys have a conference about Bean's arrival]
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David Langley: Come on, it's gonna be great! Let's say there's a chart of the most intelligent people you've ever met in your lives. Well, at number one with the bullet is Doctor Bean.
[family sighs]
Kevin Langley: Kevin, you know how sometimes you ask me questions that I can't answer.
Kevin Langley: Like "What is an intrauterine device"?
David Langley: I think more like "What's the meaning of life?"
Kevin Langley: I never asked you that.
David Langley: That's fine. It doesn't matter! What I'm ...
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Crazy Credits

Flashbacks of the movie appear at the beginning of the closing credits. See more »


References Good Morning America (1975) See more »


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British farce at its finest!
8 November 2004 | by (Tennessee, U.S) – See all my reviews

This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, and in my opinion it is among the ranks of the legendary Monty Python.

"Bean" is about the infamous Mr.Bean, a lazy buffoon who manages to cause problems in even the simplest of tasks. In this movie, he works at an Art Gallery and the management desperately want to get rid of him. Rather than fire him, they send him to Los Angeles to unveil the painting, "Whistler's Mother". An American named David Langley allows Mr.Bean to stay in his house during his visit against the will of his family. This turns out to be a huge mistake.

This movie is roll-out-of-your-chair-laughing funny. Rowan Atkinson's acting is beyond excellent, and all of the other characters are good as well.

The only thing I can find to nitpick about this movie is that there is not a very strong plot. The movie is basically a line of connected humor skits. I personally do not mind this too much, but if you are looking for a movie with a story that can be made into a book, look elsewhere.

If you enjoyed the Mr.Bean series and like "disaster" movies, this is the perfect movie for you!

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