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Novocaine (2001)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  14 December 2001 (USA)
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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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Chinese Wife
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Chinese Husband


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) »


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Новокаин  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,025,238 (USA) (4 January 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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The second time Steve Martin plays a dentist. The first time was his role in "Little Shop of Horrors" as Orin Scrivello, albeit that character was far more "disturbed" than Frank Sangster. See more »


A real pharmacist would have phoned the doctor to verify the drug and amount before filling the prescription. See more »


Frank: A person can lose a lot of things. He can lose his soul. He can lose his life. But I've always said the worst thing a man can lose is his teeth. It's true, I should know.
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Remote recording by Guy Charbonneau and crew. See more »


References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »


The Blue Danube
by Johann Strauß (as Johann Strauss II)
Performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos of America by arrangement with Source/Q
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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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