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Flawless (1999)

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door.

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Storyline

Walt Koontz, a homophobic guy, ends up with paralyzed vocal cords because of an unfortunate stroke. His therapy includes receiving singing lessons from a neighbor who is not only openly flamboyant but also a pre-op transgenderist. Both of them are equally prejudiced; Koontz against homosexuals and the neighbor against close-minded straight people. Written by Rob Reser - The Movie Kid - <moviekid@filmspot.com>

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They couldn't like each other less or need each other more. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and strong violence | See all certifications »

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24 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Makellos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,590,155 (USA) (26 November 1999)

Gross:

$4,485,485 (USA) (3 March 2000)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Co-stars Chris Bauer and Skipp Sudduth also co-starred in the television series Third Watch (1999), which debuted the same year as the film's release. See more »

Quotes

Drag queen: [fight breaks out, Drag Queen yells into walkie-talkie] I need some butch faggots over here!
[fight continues]
Drag queen: I need some dykes!
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, DeNiro and Hoffman sing the "Name Song" together while staying in character. See more »

Connections

References All in the Family (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Name Game
Written by Lincoln Chase & Shirley Ellis
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fun, poignant, with great performances
7 February 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on a plane and thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the performance of Philip Seymour Hoffmann whom I found spectacular as a lonely, vulnerable, witty drag queen reaching out to recent stroke victim, homophobic DeNiro. The two of them were marvelous - and the end of the film had an outtake of Hoffmann and DeNiro practicing "The Name Game" that alone was worth the entire movie. There were certainly stereotypes among the minor characters but the plot was good and so was the acting. My acting teacher used to describe plays/films like "Virginia Wolff" as love stories. Using his criteria of two people coming together, sharing experiences and touching each other's hearts - Flawless certainly qualifies as an atypical love story.


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