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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chelcie Ross ... Mike

Steve Martin ... Frank Sangster

Laura Dern ... Jean Noble

Lynne Thigpen ... Pat

Polly Noonan ... Sally

Helena Bonham Carter ... Susan
JoBe Cerny ... Pharmacist Wayne Ponze

Elias Koteas ... Harlan Sangster
Yasen Peyankov ... 'Sunshine Lounge' Bartender

Scott Caan ... Duane
Teri Cotruzzola ... Attractive Complaining Patient
Lucina Paquet ... Mrs. Langston
Preston Maybank ... Gelding
Sally Kao ... Chinese Wife
Quincy Wong ... Chinese Husband
George Lugg ... Liquor Store Owner
Tyler Rostenkowski ... Billy
Tom Milanovich ... 'Blue Sands' Bartender
Karol Kent ... Detective Lily Pons

Keith David ... Detective Lunt
Eddie Bo Smith Jr. ... Motel Security Guard (as Eddie Bo Smith)
Mary Ann Childers ... Anchorwoman
Rich Komenich ... Detective

James Chisem ... Harris
Joseph F. Kosala ... Officer Peter Reilly (as Joe Kasala)

Eric Lane ... Officer Chuck Smith
Roy Hytower ... Skinny Sheriff

Kwame Amoaku ... Visiting Room Guard

Christian Stolte ... Court Guard
Len Bajenski ... Trooper Jarvis
Mindy Bell ... Trooper Bunch

Roderick Peeples ... Storch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kevin Bacon ... Actor Lance Phelps (uncredited)

Ed Cray ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Marcello Robinson ... Student (uncredited)

Dean Teaster ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Directed by
David Atkins 
Writing credits
Paul Felopulos (story) &
David Atkins (story)

David Atkins (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Mones .... producer
Daniel M. Rosenberg .... producer
Michele Weisler .... executive producer
Original Music by
Steve Bartek 
Cinematography by
Vilko Filac 
Film Editing by
Melody London 
Casting by
Mary Colquhoun 
Production Design by
Sharon Seymour 
Art Direction by
Craig Jackson 
Set Decoration by
Amelia Hochberg 
Costume Design by
Denise Wingate 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... hair stylist: Mr. Martin
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist: Mr. Martin
Dominic Mango .... key hair stylist
Linda Melazzo .... key makeup artist
Linda Rizzuto .... assistant hair stylist
Manlio Rocchetti .... special makeup effects artist (as Manlio Rochetti)
Suzi Ostos .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Alden .... post-production supervisor
Kimberly Rach .... production supervisor
Michele Weisler .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Giovannetti Jr. .... first assistant director
Don H. Julien .... second assistant director (as Don Julien)
Jon Mallard .... second second assistant director (as Jon 'Snakebite' Mallard)
Art Department
Bruce Ahlfeld .... construction foreman
David Best .... painter
Troy Borisy .... lead person
Michael Brogato .... carpenter
Dana Burdi .... art department coordinator
David J. Chamerski .... property master
Harold Chattin .... carpenter
Ray Conchado .... swing gang
Frank Coronado .... storyboard artist
William Dambra .... assistant property master (as Bill Dambra)
Jeff Dieter .... greens
Edward England .... construction coordinator (as Ed England)
Meg Everist .... buyer
Steven Gryb .... labor foreman
Mike Hohe .... carpenter (as Michael T. Hohe)
Bruce Johnson .... painter
David L. Johnson .... carpenter (as David Johnson)
Lester Johnson .... painter foreman (as Lester A. Johnson)
Robert Kelter .... painter
Richard King .... carpenter
Christ Maentanis .... carpenter (as Chris Maentanis)
John McHugh .... carpenter
Brian McKinley .... painter
Freddie Mikels .... painter (as Fred Mikels)
John Mikels .... stand-by painter
Michael V. Nichols .... swing gang (as Mike Nichols)
Jon Nicholson .... on-set dresser
Russel O'Conner .... carpenter
Chris Peterson .... laborer
Deb Raney-Thrumond .... painter
Thomas J. Ridgen .... swing gang (as Tom Rigden)
Jerzy Rutkowski .... carpenter
John H. Schulz .... painter (as John Schulz)
John J. Slove Jr. .... carpenter (as John Slove)
Larry Szymanowski .... painter
Gary E. Wamhoff .... carpenter
Sandra J. White .... construction estimator (as Sandra White)
John R. Ziganto .... swing gang (as John Ziganto)
Stephen Gibson .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... supervising adr editor
Joel Avila .... adr mixer
Matthew C. Beville .... adr mixer (as Matt Beville)
Guy Carbonneau .... remote recordist: LeMobile (as Guy Charbonneau)
Ryan Collison .... foley recording mixer
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Mick Gormaley .... assistant sound editor
Robert Hein .... supervising sound editor (as Bob Hein)
Dustin Hudson .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Sylvia Menno .... dialogue editor
Nancy Nugent .... adr recordist (as Nancy K. Nugent)
David Obermeyer .... sound mixer
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Blair Scheller .... boom operator
Martin Schloemer .... adr recordist
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
David Wahnon .... assistant sound editor
Ronald L. Wright .... cable operator (as Ronald Wright)
Jeffrey Hefner .... boom operator: second unit (uncredited)
Pat Toma .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Akil Wilson .... sound intern (uncredited)
Ronald L. Wright .... second boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rodman Kiser .... special effects foreman
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator (as John Milinac)
John Rigden .... special effects laborer
Chip Williams .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael Backauskas .... optical digital lineup: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Reid Burns .... visual effects producer: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Reid Burns .... visual effects supervisor: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Greg Dewey .... optical mattes and titles: The Image Resolution, Inc.
David McCue .... optical camera supervisor: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Brad Moylan .... digital artist: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Beth Parker .... optical digital lineup: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Kevin Shawley .... digital artist: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Martha Soehendra .... digital artist: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Randall Weatherington .... animation stand: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging: THDX (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... maintitle and in-show optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz .... stunts (as Tobiasz Dasziewiez)
James Fierro .... stunts (as Jim Fiero)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator (as Rick LeFevour)
Tom Lowell .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts (as Dan Maldonado)
James R. Mammoser .... stunts (as Jim Mammoser)
Tom Milanovich .... stunts
Chris Nolte .... stunt double: Steve Martin
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Rich Wilkie .... stunts (as Rich Wilke)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly R. Borisy .... key grip (as Kelly Borisy)
Fernando M. Briones .... grip (as Fernando Briones)
Makiko Carlson .... second assistant camera (as Makiko Watanabe)
Robert C. Carlson .... first assistant camera (as Robert Carlson)
Johnny Derango .... camera intern
Mark Fellman .... still photographer
Christopher Glasgow .... grip (as Chris Glasgow)
Jim Handley .... grip
James Hartnett .... rigging best boy grip
James Haworth .... electrician
Kelly Krotine .... camera loader
Robert Krzeminski .... best boy grip (as Rob Krzeminski)
Anthony J. Lullo .... gaffer
Steven Matthys .... rigging gaffer (as Steve Matthys)
Donna McLain .... electrician
Walter J. Piers .... grip (as Walter Piers)
Larry Powell .... camera intern
Jeffrey R. Renfrow .... grip (as Jeff Renfrow)
James F. Roorda .... rigging key grip (as Jim Roorda)
Chris Ryerson .... grip
Kory Salajka .... grip (as Koren Salajka)
Chris Stloukal .... electrician
Jason Storandt .... dolly grip
Park B. Taylor .... best boy electric (as Park Taylor)
Jeffery J. Tufano .... camera operator
Dan Urbain .... crane operator (as Daniel Urbain)
Andy Walzer .... video assist operator
Billy Wauer .... electrician (as Bill Wauer)
Billy Wauer .... rigging best boy (as Bill Wauer)
David Williamson .... electrician
Nicholas Wilde .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... casting: Chicago
Laurie Carreira .... casting assistant: Chicago
Andrew Fox .... casting assistant
Mark A. Ridge .... extras casting (as Mark Ridge)
Andrew Souders .... extras casting assistant
Darlene R. Hunt .... extras casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick Caulfield .... on-set costumer
Gretchen Gain .... assistant costume designer
Gina Panno .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Samantha Baker .... post-production assistant
Sasha Burdett .... post-production assistant
Mike Fay .... assistant editor (as Michael Fay)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
John Hill .... assistant editor
Lori Machens .... post-production coordinator
Rob Matheson .... post-production assistant
Brit McMurray .... post-production assistant
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Mark Moran .... post-production assistant
Joseph R. Murphy .... post-production assistant
Ana Nasser .... post-production assistant (as Anna Nassar)
David Rogow .... additional editor
Jacquey Rosati .... post-production coordinator
Leah Sapin .... post-production assistant
Jennifer Stellema .... apprentice editor
Stef Tovar .... post-production assistant
Maura Ugarte .... post-production assistant
Hannah Williams .... post-production assistant
Mark Moran .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Danny Elfman .... composer: theme music
Robert Fernandez .... music mixer
Robert Fernandez .... music recordist
Roy Gabiv .... conductor
Roy Gabiv .... orchestrator
Simon James .... concert master
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator (as Edguardo Simone)
Joe Lisanti .... music editor: temp music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Ayache .... driver
Charles Benson .... driver
Charles B. Burandt .... driver (as Chuck Burandt)
Salvatore Cangelosi .... driver
George DiLeonardi .... transportation coordinator
Earl Fitzner .... driver
Larry N. Hill .... driver (as Larry Hill)
James Lococo .... driver
John Maioni .... driver
Michael J. Martin .... driver
Jim Marts .... driver (as Jimmy W. Marts)
Timothy J. Maxwell .... transportation captain (as Timothy Maxwell)
Larry McKisic .... driver
John Nallen .... driver
Thomas Schall .... transportation co-captain (as Tom Schaul)
John S. Schaul .... driver (as John Schaul)
Henry J. Segreti .... driver
Aubrey Smith .... driver
Brian Smith .... driver
John H. Smith .... driver
Terrence Sweet .... driver (as Terence G. Sweet)
Nico Triantafilidis .... driver (as Nick Triantafillidis)
Robert Wallace .... driver
Jay Weintraub .... driver
Gary Zarris .... driver
Other crew
Stephen Andrzejewski .... location manager (as Steve Andrzejewski)
Benjamin Atkins .... dental consultant
George Atkins .... dental consultant
John Atkins .... dental consultant
Greg Baglia .... adr loop group
Zach Baliva .... office intern
Craig Bankey .... unit publicist
Bridgett Baron .... payroll accountant
Steve Bartek .... arranger: "Menilmontant" (as Steven Bartek)
Chris Bonnemort .... assistant: Mr. Atkins
Francie Brown .... dialect coach
Jennifer Byrne .... assistant production coordinator
Blanca Camacho .... adr loop group
Melanie Cassidy .... location assistant
Jack Clancy .... construction medic
Gilbert Cruz .... adr loop group
Sean Curry .... assistant chef
Michelle A. De Mayo .... post-production accountant
Melissa Elliott .... title designer: The Image Resolution, Inc.
Sarah Esler .... set assistant: Mr. Martin
Kiley Fascia .... production accountant
Russell Green .... set production assistant
Mitchell Greenberg .... adr loop group
P.J. Haines .... chef
Robert Jellen .... insurance (as Bob Jellen)
Timothy Kirkpatrick .... adr loop group (as Tim Kirkpatrick)
David H. Kramer .... adr loop group (as David Kramer)
Selenis Leyva .... adr loop group
David Malley .... assistant: Mr. Atkins
Kevin McGill .... catering assistant
David Mendoza .... set production assistant
Brad Michaels .... stand-in: Mr. Koteas
Leslie Mikol .... key set production assistant
Karen P. Morris .... first assistant accountant (as Karen Morris)
Margaret J. Orlando .... production coordinator
Cheryl Padula .... stand-in: Ms. Dern
Heather Pollock .... script supervisor (as Heather Pollack)
Edward J. Reardon .... set medic (as Edward Reardon)
Jennifer Robinson .... assistant location manager
David Rogow .... x-ray montages
Noah Scot Snyder .... assistant: Mr. Bartek
Rose Stockton .... adr loop group
Anna Suarez .... stand-in: Ms. Carter
Frank Taylor .... craft service
Margaret A. Thomas .... accounting clerk
Seth Vamos .... office production assistant
Bill Vergos .... production assistant
Ilene Waterstone .... executive assistant: Mr. Martin
Doug Wax .... stand-in: Mr. Martin
Keri Winters .... insurance
Shelley Wolfe .... payroll services: Axium Payroll Services
Rae C. Wright .... adr loop group (as Rae Wright)
Tom Beaver .... stand-in (uncredited)
Tonya Bowen .... studio production coordinator (uncredited)
Marc Greenstein .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jayme Lemons .... assistant: Laura Dern (uncredited)
Derek J. Marquardt .... production assistant: Chicago (uncredited)
Sukari McGill .... production assistant (uncredited)
Laura Orrico .... double: Helena Bonham Carter (uncredited)
Timothy Scott Ralston .... studio projectionist (uncredited)
Nicholas Wilde .... location manager (uncredited)
Cathy Ziehl .... studio coordinator (uncredited)
Chris Andrews .... thanks
Nicholas Backlund .... thanks (as Nick Backlund)
Leora Bloch .... thanks
Andy Brown .... thanks
Chris Chang .... thanks
Mathew Cohen .... thanks
Lewis Cole .... thanks
Mary Colquhoun .... in loving memory of
Jonathan Demme .... thanks
Gretchen Felopulos .... thanks
Bernard Friedman .... thanks
Carlin Glynn .... thanks (as Carlyn Glynn)
Michael Greenberg .... thanks
Ron Kaminer .... thanks: DDS (as Dr. Ron Kaminer)
Doug MacLaren .... thanks
Peter Masterson .... thanks
Kenny Muschenheim .... thanks
Ann O'Connor .... thanks
Carolanne Patterson .... special thanks
P.J. Pesce .... thanks
Adam Rogers .... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for violence, sexuality, language and drug content
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG (theatrical release) | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R (MPAA #37950)
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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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the DEA agent arrives at Frank's office, he explains he is from the Drug Enforcement Agency, despite the fact that DEA stands for Drug Enforcement Administration.See more »
Frank:You were supposed to show up here at 7:30 in the morning.
Susan:Ah, in the morning, I thought you meant 7:30 at night.
Frank:I'm not giving you anymore prescriptions, so you can just leave.
Susan:I came here to get my tooth fixed. Now are you going to do that, or not?
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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Decent black comedy, 9 August 2003
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

I hesitate to call "Novocaine" a film noir, for those knowledgeable cinema buffs out there may harass me and tell me film noir is usually set in the forties, and so on and so forth. But the core of film noir is really the essential idea of the Everyman thrust into incomprehensible situations, not aware of what is happening, why, or how to stop it. Film noirs usually show our hero caught up in framed murder. In "Novocaine," a dentist is thrust into a world of lies, deceit, sex, drugs, and murder. And if that doesn't tickle your fear, then maybe the fact that the dentist is Steve Martin will.

Film noirs are a tricky thing to make correctly. They can fail very easily, such as the incredibly disappointing "D.O.A." They can stumble, mess up. When the rare "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" comes along, it is time to rejoice. I must admit that when I went to see "Novocaine" with Steve Martin, I did not expect very much. I had already heard bad news about it, seen little previews for it, and generally expected it to be a bad movie. Steve Martin in a film noir about a funny dentist? Fortunately, I instantly realized I had made a mistake.

Our tale begins with Dr. Frank Sangster, a mild-mannered dentist (isn't that how it always is in film noirs?) with a fiancé/co-worker, Jean (Laura Dern), and a generally nice, peaceful little world. But that world is shaken when a sleazy, lusty woman named Susan Ivey (Helena Bonham Carter) walks through the doors. She wants Novocaine, but Frank doesn't know this. After a night of passion in the dentist's chair, Frank agrees to give her Novocaine for pain she is having. But the next day, when he thinks he may have gotten away with everything, he finds out that Susan has increased the amount on the prescription he gave her from about 1 to 100, or something like that. Soon Frank is being checked out by the Three-Letter Government Corporations, and, unable to come up with excuses for the missing Novocaine, tries to find Susan and confront her about it. Before long he is caught up in a web of deceit, murder, perjury, all the stuff I said before.

"Novocaine" is a sweet ball of darkness, laughs and film noir. It numbs you, leaving you breathless. It is as if the film itself is "Novocaine." It isn't a terrific comedy, or a terrific film noir, but it is a heck of a lot better than you have probably been led to believe. Steve Martin is about the last person you'd expect to see in a film like this, but my favorite comedian pulls it off. His character, Frank, has no idea what is going on. He isn't experienced in the world of greed, lust and so on and so forth like Susan is--he is new to it, stumbling forward unsure of where to go next. As situations catch up with him, he runs farther, searching the darkness, trying to find answers.

This is a fun movie to watch, the kind of movie I've been looking for. The beginning credits, which show X-rays of the human mouth, set the tone for the film--it is a dark movie, and leaves you feeling dirty throughout. It is the type of movie where you want to sit back, shake your head and make ticking sounds with your mouth. It frustrates you, it leads the characters into wrong decision, and you want to yell at the screen to stop them from doing what they're doing. But when the dirty feeling of the film kicks in, the small laughs along the way provide a balance to the darkness. "Novocaine" is a very well-done film noir. When the credits start rolling, you will feel surges of anger, frustration, laughter and sadness, and then the numbness will kick in on the ride home, and you'll feel like you've just been given a dose of Novocaine.

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