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The Master of Disguise (2002)

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An Italian waiter fights off a criminal mastermind with his inherited powers of disguise.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sophia (as Maria Canals)
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A sweet-natured Italian waiter named Pistachio Disguisey at his father Fabbrizio's restaurant, who happens to be a member of a family with supernatural skills of disguise. But moments later the patriarch of the Disguisey family is kidnapped Fabbrizio's former arch-enemy, Devlin Bowman, a criminal mastermind in an attempt to steal the world's most precious treasures from around the world. And it's up to Pistachio to track down Bowman and save his family before Bowman kills them! Written by Anthony Pereyra (

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He can get into any disguise... getting out is another story. See more »


Comedy | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and some crude humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

2 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meister der Verwandlung  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,554,650 (USA) (2 August 2002)


$24,194 (South Africa) (7 March 2003)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler turned down the role of Pistachio Disguisey (though Sandler remained as a producer). Dana Carvey then decided to take on the role. See more »


When Pistachio, as Prince Lallijamba, plays a song to the snake, the way he plays the recorder does not match the song in the background. See more »


Grandfather Disguisey: [walks outside after hearing crash] Ahh you're too young for the job. Go home and ask your mommy to change you're diaper.
Barney Baker: I don't wear a diaper.
Grandfather Disguisey: [laughs] Hey Pistachio! There's a talking baby out here!
Pistachio Disguisey: I want to see the talking baby coochy coochy coo! Brave Barney Baker nice to see you again!
Grandfather Disguisey: You know this baby?
Pistachio Disguisey: Yes, yes of course I do!
Barney Baker: Actually I was potty trained when I was two.
Pistachio Disguisey: Yes you are the conductor of the potty train!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits there is a book which contains three striped pages. The left pages show the cast and crew credits, the right pages figures and costumes. These stripes are turned over during the credits. See more »


References Malcolm in the Middle (2000) See more »


Written by Anders Bagge , Pam Sheyne (as Pamela Shayne) and Arnthor Birgisson
Performed by Jessica Simpson
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Completely silly, completely stupid, completely hilarious
11 August 2002 | by (boston, ma) – See all my reviews

I have to say, I'm a little dissapointed that everyone's ripping this movie to pieces. Granted... the story makes very little sense (this didn't seem to stop Austin Powers 3 from getting rave reviews), but you know what? So what? This film is a fast-paced kid's movie and there's only one reason to see it: Dana Carvey. He's absolutely brilliant. He creates one of his best characters ever (The Turtle) and does some of his best impersonations ever as well (Robert Shaw from "Jaws" was a personal highlight of mine.)

When I saw this film, everyone in the theater laughed the whole way through. This is a film that will completely go over your head if you try to intellectualize it. It's just good, dumb fun. It reminds me a bit of those really insane 60s comedies, except that it's for kids. I have a feeling that this film will come to be appreciated over time on video and tv.

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