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The Beautician and the Beast -- A New York cosmetologist mistakenly thought to be a science teacher is offered a job to teach the children of an Eastern European dictator.


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Writer (WGA):
Todd Graff (written by)
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7 February 1997 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Fran Drescher ... Joy Miller

Timothy Dalton ... Boris Pochenko

Ian McNeice ... Ira Grushinsky

Patrick Malahide ... Leonid Kleist

Lisa Jakub ... Katrina Pochenko

Michael Lerner ... Jerry Miller
Phyllis Newman ... Judy Miller

Heather DeLoach ... Masha Pochenko

Adam LaVorgna ... Karl Pochenko
Kyle Wilkerson ... Yuri Pochenko
Tyler Wilkerson ... Yuri Pochenko

Timothy Dowling ... Alek

Michael Immel ... Stage Manager

Tonya Watts ... Model

Tamara Mello ... Consuela

Celeste Russi ... Lupe
Daniel Escobar ... Hector

Billy Brown ... Fireman (as Bill Brown)

Jorge Noa ... Photographer

Carmela Rappazzo ... Student
Clyde Wrenn ... Student
Earl Carroll ... Factory Worker

Vincent Schiavelli ... Jailer

Marianne Muellerleile ... Chef
Sparkle ... Cousin Doris (as R. Sparkle Stillman)
Ed Cambridge ... Elderly Man

Todd Graff ... Denny
Gene Chronopoulos ... Servant

David Shackelford ... Kitchen Worker

Michael Horton ... Fairytale Prince (voice)

Jane Jenkins ... Neighbor at Party (as J.J. Chaback)
Zdenek Vencl ... Czech Guard
Václav Legner ... Czech Guard
Leon Silver ... Vaclav

Stephen Marcus ... Ivan
Marshal Silverman ... Tailor
Dana Bednarova ... Svetlana
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Cella ... Club Dancer (uncredited)
Dave Ulrich ... DJ (uncredited)
Sharice Zulo ... Tenant (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Kwapis 
Writing credits
Todd Graff (written by)

Produced by
Roger Birnbaum .... executive producer
Fran Drescher .... executive producer
Todd Graff .... producer
Peter Marc Jacobson .... executive producer
Hawk Koch .... producer (as Howard W. 'Hawk' Koch Jr.)
Original Music by
Cliff Eidelman 
Cinematography by
Peter Lyons Collister (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jon Poll 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
Production Design by
Rusty Smith 
Art Direction by
Steve Cooper 
Set Decoration by
Sara Andrews 
Costume Design by
Barbara Tfank 
Makeup Department
Zdenek Klika .... makeup artist: Czech Republic
Lucia Mace .... hair stylist
Carol Meikle .... hair stylist
Kenneth Paul Schoenfeld .... makeup artist
Faye Woods .... hair stylist: Fran Drescher
Production Management
Jan Balzer .... production supervisor: Czech Republic
Alexandra Koch .... production supervisor
Michal Prikryl .... unit manager: Prague
Katerina Schauerová .... production supervisor
David Streit .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce A. Block .... main title sequence director
Christina Fong .... second assistant director
Basil Grillo .... dga trainee
Hilbert Hakim .... second second assistant director
Petr Hartl .... first assistant director: Czech unit
Craig Huston .... first assistant director
Art Department
Richard J. Bayard .... construction coordinator
Mark Lambert Bristol .... storyboard artist
Susan A. Burig .... graphic designer
Claudia Gilligan Ivanjack .... paint supervisor
Joseph W. Grafmuller .... lead man
Tom Ivanjack .... paint foreman
Allan Johnson .... construction location foreman
Erik L. Nelson .... property master
Andrew Neskoromny .... assistant art director
Karel Vanásek .... property master
Sound Department
George H. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
John Bauman .... cable person
James Bolt .... re-recording mixer
Ed Callahan .... sound editor
Anne Couk .... first assistant sound editor
Linda Di Franco .... foley editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Richard Bryce Goodman .... production sound mixer
Anthony Milch .... sound editor
Sean Rush .... boom operator
Randy Singer .... foley mixer
Mike Szakmeister .... supervising dialogue editor
Renee Tondelli .... adr supervisor
David F. Van Slyke .... sound effects editor
David Behle .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Dana LeBlanc Frankley .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Danny Cangemi .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
John Cornejo .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Charles Darby .... digital matte artist
Nicole Herr .... digital compositor: Cinesite
Brad Kuehn .... visual effects supervisor
Vincent Lavares .... tape operator: Cinesite Hollywood
Craig Mathieson .... digital compositor
Mario Peixoto .... digital compositor
Cristin Pescosolido .... motion tracking supervisor
James Valentine .... rotoscope supervisor
Eric Withee .... digital film technician: Cinesite (uncredited)
Maria Doest .... stunts
Dick Hancock .... stunt coordinator
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem .... stunts (as Ace Hatem)
Sonia Izzolena .... stunts (as Sonia Jo McDancer)
Steven Lambert .... stunts (as Steve Lambert)
Rita Minor .... stunts
Frank Moran .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunts
Mary Torres .... stunts
Brian J. Williams .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Abramson .... key grip
Claudette Barius .... still photographer
Gary A. Beaird .... rigging key grip (as Gary 'Bullet' Beaird Jr.)
Tony Bendt .... company grip
Darrin DeLoach .... assistant camera
Edward Filian .... grip
Jeb Johenning .... digital video assist operator
Shane D. Kelly .... gaffer
Jim McComas .... rigging electrician
Michael B. Moers .... second assistant camera
Zdenek Mrkvicka .... assistant camera
Bruce M. Pasternack .... camera operator
Andrea Sachs .... gaffer
Jaromir Simek .... electrician
Petr Svoboda .... electrician
Larry Kaster .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Larry Markart .... video playback (uncredited)
Animation Department
Wincat Alcala .... animator
Peter Anderson .... animation clean-up artist
Jane Baer .... animation producer
Richard Baneham .... animator
Andy Chiang .... animation character designer
John Dillon .... animator
Dindo Dinglasan .... animation inbetween artist
Greg Fleming .... inbetween artist
Aidan Flynn .... animation clean-up artist
Mike Hodgson .... animation layout artist
Ray Huerta .... animator
Vesselin Kamenov .... animation inbetween artist
Norma Klingler .... assistant animator
Holger Leihe .... animation supervisor
Wantana Martinelli .... animation inbetween artist
Linda Miller .... animator
Jim Mondares .... animation background artist
Tao Huu Nguyen .... animation clean-up supervisor
Andrew Ramos .... animation inbetween artist
C.J. Sarachene .... animation clean-up artist (as Carolyn J. Sarachene)
Lynn Walsh .... animation inbetween artist
Todd Waterman .... animator
Johan Klingler .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Shannon K. Dunn .... extras casting (as Shannon Dunn)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stana Slosserova .... assistant costume designer
Location Management
Zdenek Fiala .... location manager
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Brent Brooks .... music editor
Andy Brown .... music contractor
Cliff Eidelman .... conductor
Vic Fraser .... music preparation
Greg Knowles .... orchestrator
The London Metropolitan Orchestra .... music performed by
Paul Mottram .... orchestrator
Jonathan Rees .... orchestra leader
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Liz Schrek .... music coordinator
Graham Walker .... music production supervisor
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Toby Wood .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Mike Fenster .... transportation captain
Jiri Husak .... transportation captain
Other crew
Rachel Aberly .... publicist
Kerry Bailey .... production assistant
Michael Barnes .... financial legal services
Paula Bonhomme .... production assistant
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Barclay Crenshaw .... production assistant
Cecily Gambrell .... production assistant
David Guilbeau .... crafts services (as David 'Cajun' Guilbeau)
Katerina Lahodova .... production coordinator
Larry Madrid .... animal trainer
Ken Martin .... assistant: Ken Kwapis
Susan P. McCarthy .... production coordinator
Pavlina Prikrylova .... production assistant
Debbie Silverman .... production assistant
Russell Steele .... assistant production auditor
Jiri Tichacek .... assistant accountant
Dennis Todorovic .... production assistant
Lora Umphress .... accounting assistant
Diane Ward .... assistant production coordinator
Michael R. Williams .... production coordinator (as Michael Williams)
Wendy Goldfisher .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)

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Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Peru:Apt | Singapore:PG | UK:PG (video premiere) | USA:PG (certificate #34952)

Did You Know?

When the President Pochenko and Joy enter the factory, it starts playing L'internationale, the Communist Party hymn and hymn of the URSS until 1944.See more »
Continuity: When Joy is in the car putting the gel in Ira's hair, her hands change positions in between shots.See more »
Boris Pochenko:Oh my, call an ambulance! She doesn't know what to say!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)See more »
ParaffinSee more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Though I've seen better, I liked it!!!, 3 April 2000
Author: Avg. Joe ( from Vicksburg, Mississippi

I have to admit that, for a while anyway, I had a serious crush on Fran Drescher. Those outfits (in Joe's chauvinistic voice): "OH, YEAH!!!" That big '80's hair. And that voice (except when she got whiny)??? Uh-huh-huh! Uh-huh-huh!

"The Nanny" was a good show, though not great. It was raunchy and funny, though, to me (and maybe this is me being more old-fashioned than I'll admit), raunchy sex jokes do not go together with family entertainment. Thus, I was always convinced that it was in a bad time slot. NBC doesn't show "Law & Order" at 8:00 (or 7:00 if you're in Mississippi like me).

Nitpickiness aside, when I heard that she was doing a movie titled "The Beautician and the Beast," I was quite skeptical. I didn't think that it would be any good. But I sucked up any doubts I had and saw it anyway.

I have to admit that, while it's not the best, it's not the worst, either. I actually liked this movie. Granted, the movie is VERY dated (for the most part, Communism is dead), quite predictable (can you say "The Nanny?") and can get downright stupid (what's with the chicken?).

But it can also be funny, like when Joy, Fran's character, gets the workers to strike, in the tradition of Norma Rae, thus angering Boris Pochenko, played adequately by Timothy Dalton. And there were a lot of raunchy references to her relatives, i.e. one of her aunts having to have facial hair removed. And, without giving anything away, I thought the begining was really cute as well.

Not to mention that I was really impressed with a scene near the end of the film where she stands up to Boris. To me, it sounded as if she was really acting, speaking past her quirky voice and speaking the lines with gusto. That may explain how she got a part in a Woody Allen movie, even if it's a bit part.

This film isn't for everybody, especially if you're put off by Fran's voice. And, though there are no sex scenes, there are benign sexual references, not to mention mild language. Others might say "bring the whole family," but I wouldn't. While *I* think she's funny (like I said before), I believe her humor is too raunchy for family entertainment. And some of her humor deals with generalizations, which may explain why you don't see her being compared to Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez or Rene Russo, strong women who aren't afraid to be "one of the boys."

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