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Birthday Girl (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  1 February 2002 (USA)
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A thirtysomething bank clerk from St Albans has his small-town life exploded by the arrival of his Russian mail-order bride.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sophia, alias Nadia
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Alexei
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Yuri
Kate Lynn Evans ...
Clare (as Kate Evans)
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Bank Manager
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Robert Moseley (as Xander Armstrong)
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Karen
Jo McInnes ...
Waitress
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Concierge
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D.I. O'Fetiger
Katya Barton-Chapple ...
Young Sophia
Rebecca Clarke ...
Bank Colleague
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Porter
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Bank Colleague
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Storyline

Internet love connections and mail-order brides rarely ever work out, and John should have known. Having never been lucky in the game of love and tired of waiting for the perfect woman to come along, John decides to take his chances and orders a mail-order bride from Russia online. At first, things seem perfect: his new bride Nadia is a gorgeous woman, and although she may not speak much English, her skills in the bedroom more than make up for any communication problems. When Nadia's 'cousins' unexpectedly arrive to celebrate her birthday, John is drawn into their web of corruption and crime. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Somebody's In For A Big Surprise. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 February 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ruleta rusa  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$444,615 (Italy) (1 February 2002)

Gross:

$86,101 (Brazil) (15 November 2002)
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman went to the Russian Embassy in Australia for help in speaking Russian. She didn't work with any other coach on the set except the woman from the embassy. See more »

Goofs

Between the time that John leaves the airport and arrives at the hotel after chasing the taxi, he has shaved. See more »

Quotes

John: Excuse me. It's two Russians are staying here. Do you know which floor they're on?
Porter: Yes, I know which floor they're on.
John: [takes a banknote out of his pocket and holds it] And which floor would that be?
Porter: [taking the banknote] We've only got one floor.
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The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Published by Williamson Music / Warner Chappel Music Ltd.
PolyGram International Publishing Inc.
Performed by Bob Sakek
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A gem which everyone missed
25 August 2002 | by (Bristol, UK) – See all my reviews

The critics didn't like this film. It bombed in the States and as a result received only a limited showing in Britain. Which was a great shame, because it represents British rather than American humour and should have been shown in Britain first.

Nicole Kidman looks stunning and is a totally convincing Russian. Ben Chaplin is the Dustin Hoffman character from 'The Graduate', and 'Birthday Girl' has at least 4 scenes which remind the viewer of that 1960s classic (despite being a totally different story!).

Sure it changes tack a number of times from comedy to black comedy to thriller to adventure - but it's memorable, moving and a weclome breath of fresh air compared to the average mega-budget blockbuster.

See it with an open mind!


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