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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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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$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

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

Quotes

Frank: What do you say?
Jean: I'm not going to fulfill your fantasies in the dentist chair!
Frank: You never know. Might be fun.
Jean: I promise tonight, in the bed.
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The caption 'The End' just before the end credits is displayed in French ('Fin') instead of English. See more »

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References Little Shop of Horrors (1986) See more »

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Gentlehands
Performed by Penny
Written by Frank Egan and David Daignault
Published by Sounds Easy Publishing and P&D Productions
Courtesy of Sounds Easy Studios
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Strangely intoxicating
21 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

To start with, any movie in which Helena Bonham Carter gets naked is a good thing.

This is a weird weird movie, but good pacing and casting saves it. A more disciplined director could have turned it into a cult classic.

Steve Martin is convincing in a challenging part. He is a fine actor.He brings just enough comedy so the movie doesn't descend into the land that light forgot. This edge gives the film strange believability.

Laura Dern is also exquisite walking a fine line to achieve a balance between farce and drama. Her character, blondness and 'hard body' look contrasted effectively with HBC's petite, auburn wickedness.

At the end, I wanted to watch it again to appreciate the fine points I missed the first time through.

I would describe it as a darker " The Whole Nine Yards".


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