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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Thriller | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Johnson (as Laurie Sinclair)
Tess Weinhaus
Tara Redepenning ...
Molly Howard
Brooke Elise Bushman ...


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dairy Queens  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,986,269, 25 July 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,561,238, 12 September 1999
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original title was "Dairy Queens", but it had to be changed after the corporation that owns the Dairy Queen ice cream chain filed a lawsuit. See more »


When Becky visits Mary at the hospital, Amber is combing her hair and a chunk falls out. Amber places the chunk back on Mary's crown. When Becky enters, Mary is suddenly wearing a tiara and the chunk of hair is hanging in front of her nightgown. There wouldn't have been time for Amber to have picked up the tiara from the dresser and fixed her hair. See more »


Crew Guy: Fuckin' beauty queens blowing chunks everywhere. I-I've never seen anything like it before, and I live in L.A.
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Crazy Credits

(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 »


Spoofed in Scary Movie (2000) See more »


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Written by David Bowie
Performed by Everything
Courtesy of Sire Records Group/The Blackbird Recording Company
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Simply Wonderful Black Comedy
31 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Ellen Barkin is the trailer trash mother of Amber (Kirsten Dunst), Kirstie Alley is the homicidally ambitious mother of Becky (Denise Richards) a spoilt rich bitch. They will stop at nothing to make sure their daughters win the Mount Rose beauty pageant, and i mean nothing.

The whole movie is made in incredibly bad taste and for that reason alone, a lot of people will hate it; but i found it was very refreshing to see a black comedy of this quality for a change. It's wonderfully scripted and directed, and the cast is simply perfect; everyone in it appears to be relishing the humour in the movie and it shows in their performances.

If you like this kind of humour, you will love this, if you don't warm to black comedy then it's best left alone.

8/10 Personally i think its great.

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