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The Bachelor (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 5 November 1999 (USA)
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A committment-phobic man goes in search of a bride including his fed up girlfriend, to inherit his grandfather's $100 million inheritance.


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Jimmie is seeing his single friends get married one by one. He isn't too worried until his girlfriend Anne catches the bouquet at his friend Marco's wedding. Suddenly, his wild mustang days are numbered. He finally decides to propose to her, but he sticks his foot in his mouth and botches the proposal. Being insulted by the defeatist proposal, Anne leaves town on an assignment. After she's gone, he finds out that his recently-deceased grandfather's will stipulates that he gets nothing of a multi-million dollar fortune unless he's married by 6:05pm on his 30th birthday: tomorrow! Not being able to find Anne, Jimmie begins backtracking through his past girlfriends to find a wife. Written by Tony B

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One thousand brides. One hundred million dollars. Jimmie Shannon is about to discover the true value of love.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

5 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El soltero más codiciado  »

Box Office


$51,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,480,288 (USA) (5 November 1999)


$21,731,001 (USA) (18 February 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character "Sanzel" is a reference to the writer Ken Sanzel, a childhood friend of Steve Cohen, who wrote the screenplay for this movie. See more »


Marco has a stain on his t-shirt when he's with Jimmie at the diner. When he hops into his car a few moments later, the stain is gone. See more »


Priest: It's a wonderful thing, as time goes by, to be with someone who looks into your face, when you've gotten old, and still sees what you think you look like.
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References Brewster's Millions (1985) See more »


Barbara Allen
Performed by Dave Lymm
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User Reviews

or, Get Off the Pot!
26 October 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In order to protect a $100 million inheritance, commitment-shy bachelor Chris O'Donnell (as Jimmie Shannon) learns he must marry before he reaches his impending 30th birthday. Naturally, Mr. O'Donnell proposes to the woman he loves, beautiful blonde Renée Zellweger (as Anne Arden). But, Ms. Zellweger senses O'Donnell's heart really isn't in his "(empty your intestine) or get off the pot!" proposal. Zellweger bails, with sister Marley Shelton (as Natalie). So, O'Donnell, with pal Artie Lange (as Marco) assisting, tries to locate a marriage-minded woman, who is willing to share $100 million, and produce a baby. Any takers?

Ms. Shelton is a sweet sidekick, and Brooke Shields (as Buckley) stands out among the unfortunately wasted supporting cast. Gary Sinyor's "The Bachelor" is a lesser re-make of a well-remembered Buster Keaton comedy ("Seven Chances"). No cigar and not even close.

**** The Bachelor (1999) Gary Sinyor ~ Chris O'Donnell, Renee Zellweger, Marley Shelton

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