Flawless (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  24 November 1999 (USA)
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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Makellos  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$4,485,485 (USA) (3 March 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Cha-Cha: [about The Hunchback of Notre-Dame] It's about this guy who's really mis-shapen. Even worse than you.
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Crazy Credits

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


References My Left Foot (1989) See more »


Stouthearted Men
from film New Moon (1940)
Written by Sigmund Romberg & Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Nelson Eddy
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Two very brilliant acting performances
17 June 2001 | by (Bedfordshire,England) – See all my reviews

Flawless is a film that is about performances from two fantastic leading men and no so much about the story or the plot itself. The movie is about an ex homophobic cop who suffers a stroke while trying to save a girl , who happens to be a friend of his gay transvestite neighbour , during a run in with some drug dealers. His doctor tells him the best way to improve his speech is to start singing lessons. He plucks up courage to ask his neigbour to teach him to sing. This film is about how the relationship grows between these two very different people and how they both work together to overcome their very different problems. De Niro is back to his best after some very average movies and the acting from Phillip Seymour Hoffman is just outstanding. I have seen Hoffman in other films such as Boogie Nights and Magnolia and was impressed then but this is his best to date. I love this film and i think you will to. Dont miss it.

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