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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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Storyline

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 | hairy chest | See more »

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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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23 November 2001 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

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

Lance Phelps: There's no way that you did it.
Frank: Yeah, I didn't.
Lance Phelps: Yeah, of course not. Because... it's way too obvious. The audience would never believe it.
Frank: What audience?
Lance Phelps: You know. You know. Like if this was a movie.
Frank: This is not a movie, Lance. This is real life.
Lance Phelps: I know that. But do they know that?
Frank: Who?
Lance Phelps: You know. The audience.
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Crazy Credits

The caption 'The End' just before the end credits is displayed in French ('Fin') instead of English. See more »

Connections

References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Monde de Frank Sangster
Written by Pierre Begon-Lours, Stéphane Luginbühl, Patrick Woodcock and David Atkins
Performed by Mellow
Published by Music of V2 America, Inc./Mellow Workshop (Administered
by BMG Songs, Inc.) and On The Way Music
Courtesy of CyberOctave Music, a division of Higher Octave Music, Inc.
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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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