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Novocaine (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  23 November 2001 (Italy)
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A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs.

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Dr. Frank Sangster is a straight-laced dentist who because of one innocent lie, finds his tidy, prosperous life transformed into a comic quagmire of illicit sex, illegal drugs and inexplicable murder in this brilliantly offbeat, bitingly comedic film! Written by Thomas Nudi

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drugs | dentist | murder | sex | sunflower | See All (76) »

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Getting to the root of the problem is like pulling teeth. See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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A Paciente Misteriosa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$418,098 (USA) (16 November 2001)

Gross:

$2,025,238 (USA) (4 January 2002)
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Steve Martin and Scott Caan did not get along during filming due to Caan's reckless behavior toward a stunt person in a scene in which his character smashes a beer bottle over the head of a man in a bar. See more »

Goofs

Frank walks into a bar and orders Bourbon, the bartender offers him Four Roses, Jim (Beam) Black, V.O., and "Seagram". Three of the 4 are Bourbon. V.O., which is what the bartender pours, is not a Bourbon but a Canadian Whisky. See more »

Quotes

Susan Ivey: Look at me. Take a good look. I can't even help myself. So, how can I help you?
Frank: All you have to do is believe me.
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Thanks to the Atkins family, the Mones family and the Rosenberg family. See more »

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Menilmontant
Written by Charles Trenet
Performed and Arranged by Steve Bartek (as Steven Bartek)
Whistle and Accordian by Blind Dog
Published by Editions Raoul Breton
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Impressed with Steve Martin all over again.
22 August 2001 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Steve Martin has great taste and gets some of the best stories in the industry. I don't think he's made a bad movie and this one is stellar. Novocaine is a little along the lines of Spanish Prisoner and reminds me of Memento. The plot was complex, the acting superb, it was well crafted, surprising, and even funny. When it started out I couldn't help but squirm in my chair due to the horrible decisions the dentist was making. Nevertheless, let me assure you that in the end we all went away feeling fully entertained and pleased. The crowd at the advance screening loved it as well. I continue to be impressed with Steve Martin. How many actors or artists can you honestly say that about? What a great show!


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