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 & steals all of the drugs from his practice.



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Yasen Peyankov ...
Teri Cotruzzola ...
Attractive Complaining Patient
Lucina Paquet ...
Preston Maybank ...
Sally Kao ...
Chinese Wife
Quincy Wong ...
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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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


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 »


When Frank enters the bathroom for the first time, you can see the reflection of a cameraman in the shower door. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the Atkins family, the Mones family and the Rosenberg family. See more »


References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »


Written and Performed by Charles Trenet
Published by Editions Raoul Breton
Courtesy of Arkadia Chansons
By Arrangement with Bacon Soundtrack Services
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excellent suspense
7 May 2002 | by (berkeley) – See all my reviews

The suspense of this beautifully written plot manages to keep you squirming while the actors dazzle you with comic flourishes, thick sexual tension, and all-around excellent performances. A great film. Steve Martin has proven that he has a knack for suspense thrillers with this film and The Spanish Prisoner.

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