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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

 -  Comedy  -  23 July 1999 (USA)
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A small town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

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In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps. Explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family in town the police are pretty relaxed about it all. Despite everything, main rival (but nice) Amber Atkins won't be stopped. There could well be more death and disappointment to come. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The battle between the good and the bad is bound to get ugly.

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Rated PG-13 for irreverent and crude humor, sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

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23 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Dairy Queens  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£465,730 (UK) (17 September 1999)

Gross:

£1,260,142 (UK) (1 October 1999)
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The sports teams at Mount Rose High School are called the "Muskies." This is in reference to the muskellunge, a fish found in northern Minnesota, whose name derives from the Ojibwa word for "ugly pike." See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the pageant you can see Lisa Swenson wearing a hat with "Lady Liberty", but when Amber Atkins starts talking to the crowd, you can see Lisa in the background wearing no hat anymore. See more »

Quotes

[Amber is being filmed in her bedroom in her trailer. Annette is heard coughing]
Amber Atkins: That's my mom.
Annette Atkins: [from outside] Hey, Amber, did ya get my smokes?
Amber Atkins: Oh, yah, I'll get 'em in a sec.
Annette Atkins: [walks in and sees the camera crew] Aw, shit.
Amber Atkins: Oh, they're from Los Angeles. They wanted to see my room and film me for their movie.
Annette Atkins: Yah, well, if they ask you to take your top off, get the money first.
[she leaves the room]
Annette Atkins: And go get my smokes!
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(referencing Hank's request to be freed from the car door) It is the policy of the documentary crew to remain true observers and not interfere with its subjects. See more »

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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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Counting
Written by Jeremy Digby, Dustin Bartholomew & Michael Pearson
Performed by Skirt
Courtesy of Sire Records Group
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If you don't deserve it; you deceive to get it.
29 August 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

This is a semi-hilarious mock documentary about a teen beauty contest in Minnesota. Anywhere from hilarious to ridiculous and all points in between. The only thing redeeming is Kirsten Dunst. She knows how to get your pity, concern and loyalty. Ellen Barkin is hardly recognized as Kirsten's drunken mother. Kirstie Alley is pretty darn good as the dirty dealing former beauty queen and mother of the obvious next winner(Denise Richards). Miss Richards' character is beautiful; but spoiled, pampered and a bitch. Not exactly an expose, because the behind the scenes back stabbing is assumed to be part of a beauty pageant. Tongue-in-cheek humor. Nevertheless another vehicle for the talented Miss Dunst.


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