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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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One Man. One Masterpiece. One Very Big Mistake. 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?


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 »


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 »


David Langley: I must admit, over the time you've been here, certain... suspicions have begun to gather in my mind. I'm going to be frank here... are you a doctor?
Mr. Bean: ummm...
[shakes head]
David Langley: okay number two, do you know anything about art. I mean... let me see... was Leonardo Da Vinci a famous American basketball player?
David Langley: [Bean looks confused, David's face drops]
Mr. Bean: ...yes
David Langley: ...I see
[brings his hand up to his face]
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Crazy Credits

After the in-credit Working Title Films logo, Bean appears on the screen: "Yes, I normally stay to the end as well," followed by some more remarks to the leaving audience. See more »


Bean Theme (Mad Pianos)
Written by Howard Goodall
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User Reviews

Average but warm-hearted comedy
31 December 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"Bean" is the average but warm-hearted, large screen adventure of Rowan Atkinson's bumbling but strangely likable character.

With a smörgåsbord of talent behind this film, there are a few genuine laughs but, sadly, they're few and far between. This film could have been so much better in the hands of another director. Mel Smith appears to have been on cruise-control making this movie. It's a case of comedy by numbers and the film never seems to shift gear.

The always amusing Peter MacNicol is excellent as the suffering David Langley and provides the perfect foil to Atkinson's Bean.

An average comedy movie, it's worth a viewing if there's nothing else on the television.

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