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The Big Tease (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  28 January 2000 (USA)
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Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Crawford Mackenzie
BBC Interviewer
Isabella Aitken ...
Mrs. Beasie Mackenzie
Gareth Trundle
Senga Magoogan
Elegant Woman
Himself (as Bruce Jenner)
Betty Fuego


Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin Samuels is making a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Crawford; he and the crew go too. After maxing out his credit card at the Century Plaza Hotel, Crawford discovers he's been invited to participate in the audience, not the contest; he tries every angle imaginable to get in the competition: he phones fellow Scot Sean Connery, he gets a union card, he asks the reigning champion for help, and he connects with Connery's publicist, who's having a bad hair day. Will he succeed, for the little people? Written by <>

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He saw. He combed. He conquered.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Je M'Appelle Crawford  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,010 (USA) (28 January 2000)


$185,577 (USA) (31 March 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The inspiration for this film arose out of Craig Ferguson's desire to make a cheerful film that celebrates Scottishness, as opposed to the epic nature of films like Braveheart (1995) and Rob Roy (1995), and the downbeat quality of Trainspotting (1996) and Shallow Grave (1994). See more »


Crawford rents a car that was apparently stolen from a Korean cook named Chokko. When Crawford visits Chokko's house, the camera pans and reveals a sign above the doorway on the ground floor displaying what seems to be 'Asian' characters. However, it's neither Korean nor any other Asian language. The characters are entirely fictitious. See more »


Stig: Hey, Scottish. From my salon, right?
Crawford Mackenzie: Yeah
Stig: Still looking for a job, eh?
Crawford Mackenzie: ...yeah
Stig: Hey, I tell you what. Next month, it's loser's day! You come back and I piss on your head!
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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »


Arranged by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Performed by Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Courtesy of Celestial Harmonies
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Ferguson surprises in this well-written and edited funfest
25 February 2002 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

If one were to judge the comedic or acting abilities of Craig Ferguson by his work on "The Drew Carey Show", he could easily be overlooked, passed over, or lumped in with the stereotypically smarmy and scenery-chewing English supporting character types like Christopher Hewitt (tv's Mr. Belvedere), and Daniel Davis (Butler Niles on "The Nanny).

Don't be misled. Ferguson, who is HORRIBLE on Drew Carey, is every bit as wonderful in this smart, well acted, clever and sweet mockumentary which is surprisingly not a Christpher Guest production, and luckily with no Eugene Levy in sight!

This film is a surprise, it's a sleeper, and probably did 0 box office in the US, but, give yourself a treat. Rent it, preferably with a roomful of good humored friends. An instant party!

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