IMDb > Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 101 | slideshow)


User Rating:
6.5/10   27,212 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 29% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writer (WGA):
Lona Williams (written by)
View company contact information for Drop Dead Gorgeous on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
23 July 1999 (USA) See more »
The battle between the good and the bad is bound to get ugly.
A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Intelligent, witty and biting dark satire See more (321 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirsten Dunst ... Amber Atkins

Ellen Barkin ... Annette Atkins

Allison Janney ... Loretta

Denise Richards ... Rebecca 'Becky' Ann Leeman

Kirstie Alley ... Gladys Leeman

Sam McMurray ... Lester Leeman

Mindy Sterling ... Iris Clark

Brittany Murphy ... Lisa Swenson

Amy Adams ... Leslie Miller

Laurie A. Sinclair ... Michelle Johnson (as Laurie Sinclair)

Shannon Nelson ... Tess Weinhaus
Tara Redepenning ... Molly Howard

Sarah Stewart ... Jenelle Betz

Alexandra Holden ... Mary Johanson
Brooke Elise Bushman ... Tammy Curry

Matt Malloy ... John Dough, Judge #1

Michael McShane ... Harold Vilmes, Judge #2

Will Sasso ... Hank Vilmes
Lona Williams ... Jean Kangas, Judge #3

John T. Olson ... Pat (as Jon T. Olson)
Casey Garven ... Brett Clemmens (as Casey Tyler Garven)
Ashley Dylan Bullard ... Fry Girl

Jacy King ... Pregnant Fry Girl (as Jacy Dumermuth)

Nora Dunn ... Colleen Douglas, State Pagent

Mo Gaffney ... Terry Macy, State Pagent

Adam West ... Adam West
Mary Gillis ... Chloris Klinghagen

Richard Narita ... Mr. Howard

Patti Yasutake ... Mrs. Howard

Seiko Matsuda ... Tina / Seiko Howard
Allyson Kearns ... Candy Striper
Tom Gilshannon ... Lars Larson
Claudia Wilkens ... Iona Hildebrandt, 1945 Winner
Dale Dunham ... Mount Rose Mayor

Amanda Detmer ... Miss Minneapolis

Thomas Lennon ... Documentarian (voice)

Eric D. Howell ... Sound Recordist
Matthew G. Park ... Crew Guy
Terry Hempleman ... Cop #1

Chris Carlson ... Cop #2
James Cada ... Lisa Swenson's Father
Kristin Rudrüd ... Connie Rudrüd, the Pork Products Lady
Luke Ingles ... Rocker Kid #1
Nick Ingles ... Rocker Kid #2
Jimmie D. Wright ... Doctor
Peter Aitchinson ... Male News Anchor
Mary Rehbein ... Female Reporter #1
Jeany Park ... Female Reporter #2
Richard Ooms ... Pastor
Robert-Bruce Brake ... Mr. Melchoir

Bruce Linser ... Ed

Tiffany Engen ... Tap Dancer
Jennifer Baldwin Peden ... Opera Singer
Annalise Nelson ... Violinist

Samantha Harris ... Miss Burnsville
Kari Ann Shiff ... Miss Duluth
Mark Dahlen ... COPS Crew Guy
Jeff Tatum ... Fireman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Cram ... Beauty Pageant Fan (uncredited)

Kregg Janke ... Funeral Mourner (uncredited)
Amy Lithander ... Fry Girl (uncredited)
Josh Minnie ... Trailer Park Resident (uncredited)
Emily Moore ... Miss Buffalo (uncredited)
Jamie Olsen ... Peter (uncredited)
Don Patterson ... Rowdy Guy (uncredited)

Robb Ross ... Swat Cop (uncredited)

Darla Rothman ... Prom Queen (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... Beauty Pageant Fan (uncredited)
Lisa Woods ... Beauty Pageant Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Patrick Jann 
Writing credits
Lona Williams (written by)

Produced by
Judy Hofflund .... producer
Donna Langley .... executive producer
Michael Nelson .... co-producer
Gavin Polone .... producer
Claire Rudnick Polstein .... executive producer
Lona Williams .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mark Mothersbaugh 
Cinematography by
Michael Alan Spiller  (as Michael Spiller)
Film Editing by
David Codron 
Janice Hampton 
Casting by
John Papsidera 
Production Design by
Ruth Ammon 
Art Direction by
Maria L. Baker 
Set Decoration by
Helen Britten 
Tammara Melloy 
Mitchell Rosen 
Costume Design by
Mimi Melgaard 
Makeup Department
Crist Ballas .... special makeup effects supervisor
Mary Flaa .... key makeup artist
Sherry Heart .... key hair stylist
Desne J. Holland .... makeup department head
Mela Murphy .... key hair stylist
Kristin Robinson .... additional makeup artist
Stephanie Von Brunner .... additional hair stylist
Production Management
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Robert Graf .... production supervisor
Diana Kaufman .... post-production supervisor
Michael Nelson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda Brachman .... first assistant director
Darrell Woodard .... second assistant director
Art Department
Wendell Jon Andersson .... storyboard artist
Warren Barrows .... set dresser
Chad Branham .... property master
Anne Hyvarinen .... lead scenic
Matt Mellin .... construction production assistant
Bradford Richardson .... lead graphic designer
Tim Schwob .... construction coordinator
Stuart Skrien .... assistant propmaster
Jennifer L. Stumm .... property assistant
Ryan Swanson .... prop intern (as Ryan M. Swanson)
Lynny Warner .... lead man
Sound Department
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Dorian Cheah .... sound effects editor
Louis Creveling .... dialogue editor
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor
Mary Erstad .... foley mixer
David A. Fern .... foley artist
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Cormac Funge .... supervising sound editor
Robert Getty .... assistant sound editor
John Glaeser .... boom operator
David Grant .... supervising dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Frederick Howard .... supervising sound editor
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Steve Kohler .... sound recordist
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Mack Melson .... sound mixer
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Myriam Nelson .... foley artist
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Shin .... adr supervisor
Anne Slack .... digital transfer supervisor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Roland N. Thai .... sound effects editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen W. Potter .... stage engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Tim Drackert .... special effects foreman
Steven Hintz .... special effects foreman
Paul Murphy .... special effects coordinator
Eric D. Howell .... stunt coordinator
Lisa Pederson .... stunts
Luis Rosa .... stunts
Michael Paul Stone .... stunts
Rose Williams .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Conklin .... grip
Harve Cook .... video assist operator
Slater Crosby .... second assistant camera
Tom Franchett .... gaffer
Michael Handley .... rigging gaffer
Michael Hoffer .... key grip
Tammara Melloy .... lighting technician
Storn Peterson .... first assistant camera
Gerhard Riautschnig .... grip
Blake Rizk .... rigging grip
Lucas Roman .... video assist operator
Afshin Shahidi .... second assistant camera
Joseph Slagerman .... best boy electric (as Joe Slagerman)
Steve Speers .... camera loader
Jeff Villars .... dolly grip
Jeff Villars .... rigging grip
Niel Williams .... best boy grip
Kimberly Wright .... still photographer
Don Hayashi .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Curt Akerlind .... casting: Minneapolis
Elizabeth Davies .... extras casting (as Liz Davies)
Joyce Kurtz .... voice casting
Wendy O'Brien .... casting associate
Sonya 'Sonny' Tormoen .... extras casting
Erin Sahlstrom .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeannine Bourdaghs .... wardrobe supervisor
Jeannie Galioto .... milliner (as Jeannie Millett)
Trina Mrnak .... key costumer
Shannon Rusten .... wardrobe production assistant
Reese Spensley .... set costumer (as Reese 'Spence' Spensley)
Susan Strubel .... costumer
Editorial Department
Charise E. Angone .... editorial apprentice
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
William Danaher .... apprentice editor
Gina Gilberto .... post-production assistant
Penny Lee Hallin .... assistant editor
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
Julian Lopez Jr. .... post-production assistant
Stephanie Olah .... post-production coordinator
George Papuashvili .... editor: video
Sam Seig .... assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Sean Thompson .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Mark Har .... assistant location manager
Anne Healy .... location manager
Susan Hegstrom .... location assistant
Music Department
Michael Baber .... exploding music thresher
P.J. Bloom .... music coordinator
Paul Broucek .... music executive
Bob Casale .... music mixer (as Robert Casale)
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Ray Espinola Jr. .... music coordinator
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Mark Kaufman .... music clearance executive
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor
Edie Lehmann .... vocal contractor (as Edie Lehman Boddicker)
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs
Chas Smith .... exotic instruments
DJ Swamp .... musician: scratching
Booker White .... music preparation
Michael Baber .... music editor (uncredited)
Kevin Crehan .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Curtis Wade Anderson .... transportation
Michael Kennedy .... transportation coordinator
John Rehborg .... transportation captain
Other crew
Lisa Behlendorf .... post-production accountant
Claire Best .... production executive
Autumn Leigh Brown .... stand-in
Keri Bruno .... production assistant
Michael Buster .... dialogue coach
Jeremy Ryan Carr .... intern
Daniel J. Dustin .... set medic
Kurt W. Gensmer .... set medic
Giselle Gurza .... production assistant
Gretchen Hatz .... set production assistant
Patti Hawn .... unit publicist
Edward G. Hustad .... set medic
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Kirsten Jacobson .... studio teacher
Arik Johnson .... payroll accountant
June Kim .... assistant controller
Linda Kuusisto .... script supervisor
Jerry Mitchell .... choreographer
Benjamin Nelson .... production assistant
Rachel E. Prentiss .... production accountant
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Pamela Remler .... assistant choreographer
Pamela Remler .... dance double: Kirsten Dunst
Robert Saliterman .... production intern
Barbara Spado .... craft service
David Sporn .... contract administrator
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Dave Dustin .... set medic (uncredited)
Sean Jordan .... interactive media (uncredited)
Brian Rosenberg .... assistant: Gavin Polone (uncredited)
Chris Sprister .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Chris Sprister .... adr voice artist (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated PG-13 for irreverent and crude humor, sex-related material and language
97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Melissa Joan Hart auditioned for the role of Amber Atkins.See more »
Continuity: Harold rips John's clip-on tie off. He also pops the third button down on his shirt. The camera cuts away and quickly pans back to John where the shirt is mysteriously re-buttoned.See more »
Voice of Documentarian:So, just tell us your name, and why you're signing up for the pageant.
Leslie Miller:Ok... Hi... I'm Leslie Miller... and I'm signing up 'cause... oh... I always watch the pageants on TV and my boyfriend thinks I'll win
[cuts to Leslie and her boyfriend making out]
Leslie Miller:Hi Pat. GO MUSKIES WOO!
See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Cops" (1989)See more »
Fanfare For The Common ManSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
73 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent, witty and biting dark satire, 16 July 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Drop Dead Gorgeous is a film about a teenage beauty pageant. As you might expect; it features plenty of young girls in skimpy outfits, dancing, singing and all that crap. However, unlike a lot of films of the same ilk; here, hidden behind a facade of teen beauty and all the other trademarks of the teen comedy genre, is an intelligently written, witty and very dark satire on the consumer society.

Drop Dead Gorgeous is a filmed in the style of a documentary, a la 'This is Spinal Tap' and follows the escapades of a group of contenders in the annual beauty pageant. The contenders are introduced via a very amusing sequence, which sees them tell the audience about themselves. It's very MTV in the way it's done, with all the girls introducing themselves as shallow, fussy, typical teenage girls. After that, the film starts to set its dark tone, with one of the girls being blown up, and is the tone that will be carried throughout the rest of the movie. Some of the humour in this movie is so dark that even I, a fan of very black comedy, couldn't decide whether to laugh at or not; a woman that gets a beer can melted to her hand, an anorexic previous winner, and the pageant winner being blown up on a huge float are all included in this movie. It's lighter and more tongue in cheek moments are also done very well, such as the part in which one of the judge's brothers gets caught in the car door, or a hilarious 'home video' of an explosion.

The characters in Drop Dead Gorgeous are all, with the exception of Amber Atkins, disagreeable, shallow and overblown stereotypes. This is one of this movie's main assets; it has the parodying of stereotypical people spot on; we've got an "I'm not a pervert" pervert judge, an insensitive, egotistical head of the richest family in town, the overenthusiastic boyfriend and many other colourful and amusing characters. Some of the lines said by these characters are priceless; stupid, but not overly stupid and you really could imagine people like these saying things like the characters in this film do.

The entire cast of this movie excels; it features a lot of small characters and each one plays their part to perfection. The main acting plaudits come for Kirsten Dunst in the starring role of Amber Atkins. Kirsten has the ability to act, and act well and she's also extremely good looking. Many actresses look good and can't act, or vice versa but Kirsten has both abilities, which makes her a very good lady to have in your film. With a few more hits under her belt; Kirsten may well be remembered as the finest actress of her generation. Two other stand out performances come from Kirstie Alley as the former winner of the pageant and mother of one of the contestants; and Ellen Barkin, who brings the characters of Amber's mother to life brilliantly.

Drop Dead Gorgeous is a film that will be overlooked by many because it's a teen comedy. This is a great injustice; here we have a film that is extremely funny, well acted and actually has something to say.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (321 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
How did you discover this film? raulfaust
Reviews Ezrateach
I love this movie! recently realised it could be a remake? jessexy
Bars msnell10
Every character made me laugh jellyotter
Other Movies Like This? leonardlikesthispost
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom And the Winner Is... Shakespeare in... and Out Children of the Revolution Confessional
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb Germany section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.