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Novocaine (2001)

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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Mike
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Pat
Polly Noonan ...
Sally
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JoBe Cerny ...
Pharmacist Wayne Ponze
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Harlan Sangster
Yasen Peyankov ...
'Sunshine Lounge' Bartender
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Duane
Teri Cotruzzola ...
Attractive Complaining Patient
Lucina Paquet ...
Mrs. Langston
Preston Maybank ...
Gelding
Sally Kao ...
Chinese Wife
Quincy Wong ...
Chinese Husband
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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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Rated R for violence, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$418,098, 18 November 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,036,682
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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

When first questioning Dr Sangster, Lance Phelps folds his arms twice in rapid succession between shots, without enough time to unfold them elapsing between shots. See more »

Quotes

Frank: What's the drift? You roll into town. You line up a few dentists or do you hit doctors too?
Susan Ivey: Dentists are easier. They're dumber. No offense.
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Opening credits are shown over X Ray images of people. See more »

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Referenced in Game k n b?: Episode dated 5 October 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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 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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