Mumford (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  24 September 1999 (USA)
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In the small town of Mumford, a psychologist of the same name moves in and quickly becomes very popular, despite a questionable past.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Follett
Dr. Ernest Delbanco
Dr. Phyllis Sheeler
Mrs. Crisp
Mr. Crisp
Katie Brockett


The story of two Mumfords - one a small town, the other a man. Mumford, the town, is full of people with problems, from a teenage girl who is unhappy with her looks to a local billionaire, "the king of modems", who would trade everything away if he could. So when Micky Mumford, the man, turns out to be a psychologist with slightly unusual methods he soon finds a spot in people's heart as someone to whom they can tell their secrets. But Micky too has a secret, and that one's about to hunt him down. Written by CyberRax

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Rated R for sex-related images, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dilidoki  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,851,291 (USA) (24 September 1999)


$4,554,569 (USA) (26 November 1999)

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Did You Know?


Johnny Depp was offered to play Mumford, but proved to be unavailable, before the role eventually went to Loren Dean. See more »


Flesh colored "pants" are visible in the nude classroom scene. See more »


Mrs. Crisp: What kind of doctor are you?
Dr. Mumford: Ph.D. in psychology.
Mrs. Crisp: Oh. Not a real doctor.
Dr. Mumford: That's right, the fake kind.
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References The Stepford Wives (1975) See more »


Yakety Yak
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Produced by Tom Weir and Phantom Planet
Performed by Phantom Planet
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Undeservedly Overlooked Masterpiece
14 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all of the comments to date, Jotix describes this film best. It is very reminiscent of some of the work of the great directors of Hollywood's Golden Era: Frank Capra, Ernst Lubitsch and Preston Sturges. I cannot imagine categorizing this film. It is not a pure comedy, although it provides moments of cleverness and humor. But there is also a significant element of dramatic tension. It is certainly no intellectual tour de force, however, it is much more than a way to while away 100 minutes (or whatever the length of the film is). It is not a morality play, although you might find something meaningful to take away with you. It is a finely crafted, subtly nuanced, multi-faceted film, mirroring its title character.

You might conclude from other opinions that Mumford (the character) is passive out of timidity or lack of purpose or even in order to preserve his anonymity. However, I believe he is passionate about his "profession" and has a very clear philosophy and purpose. I think his therapeutic prescriptions for his "patients" represent sympathetic, compassionate and very intentional interventions in their lives. However, his persona is low-key and his methods of intervention are indirect. Thus their dramatic impact seems to be just the natural consequence of the patients' living their own lives - just as the good doctor intends.

This kind of subtlety is in short demand and hence supply in the contemporary world of in-your-face computer generated special effects, one dimensional characters and unimaginative dialog. But, if you enjoy films like Grand Canyon, The Accidental Tourist, Local Hero and Passion Fish, you'll like this film. It is driven by a great balance of plot and well developed characters, played by a wonderful ensemble cast.

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