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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Thriller | 23 July 1999 (USA)
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A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.


Lona Williams
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirsten Dunst ... Amber Atkins
Ellen Barkin ... Annette Atkins
Allison Janney ... Loretta
Denise Richards ... Rebecca 'Becky' Ann Leeman
Kirstie Alley ... Gladys Leeman
Sam McMurray ... Lester Leeman
Mindy Sterling ... Iris Clark
Brittany Murphy ... Lisa Swenson
Amy Adams ... Leslie Miller
Laurie A. Sinclair ... Michelle Johnson (as Laurie Sinclair)
Shannon Nelson ... Tess Weinhaus
Tara Redepenning Tara Redepenning ... Molly Howard
Sarah Stewart ... Jenelle Betz
Alexandra Holden ... Mary Johanson
Brooke Elise Bushman ... Tammy Curry


In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps. Explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family in town the police are pretty relaxed about it all. Despite everything, main rival (but nice) Amber Atkins won't be stopped. There could well be more death and disappointment to come. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The battle between the good and the bad is about to get ugly.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for irreverent and crude humor, sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The giant cow statue is located at a creamery in Bongards, Minnesota. See more »


When Becky visits Mary at the hospital, Amber is combing her hair and a chunk falls out. Amber places the chunk back on Mary's crown. When Becky enters, Mary is suddenly wearing a tiara and the chunk of hair is hanging in front of her nightgown. There wouldn't have been time for Amber to have picked up the tiara from the dresser and fixed her hair. See more »


Cop #1: Oh yah, hell of a way to go there. After some thorough investigating we determined that the Curry girl must have been smoking and driving.
[cut to Amber working in the funeral home]
Amber Atkins: Well yah, Tammy liked to drive her dad's thresher, but I mean... I mean she said the heavy vibration helped her think. But I know for a fact Tammy only smoked AFTER a good drive. You ask me, or anyone who isn't scared to talk about it, Tammy was murdered. Oh God, I bet Diane Sawyer never had to deal with crap like ...
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Crazy Credits

(referencing Hank's request to be freed from the car door) It is the policy of the documentary crew to remain true observers and not interfere with its subjects. See more »


References The Simpsons (1989) See more »


Watch You Sleep
Written by John Paul Keith
Performed by The Nevers
Courtesy of Sire Records Group
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A Satirical View of Small Town, USA
26 May 2017 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film takes place in the small Minnesota town of "Mount Rose" where a teenage beauty pageant is about to be held. Although this pageant is held there every year what makes this one somewhat unique is the fact that the head of the pageant "Gladys Leeman" (Kirstie Allen) has her own daughter "Rebecca Leeman" (Denise Richards) as one of the contestants. To make matters even worse, Gladys is the wife of the richest man in the town and as a result she has a great deal of influence over the judges. Yet in spite of this the contest remains in doubt as there are a few young ladies who pose as obstacles to Rebecca's success. And it's then that they each start dying under mysterious circumstances one by one. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that, although some of the humor was rather crude, the director (Michael Patrick Jann) and writer (Lona Williams) really managed to capture the hypocrisy and self-righteous bigotry of some of the people who happen to reside in small towns. Naturally, not all small towns are as bad as this film portrays and not all people are as shallow-minded as shown here either. But there is definitely a problem in some small towns and this film nails it really well. Be that as it may, I really liked the performance of Allison Janney (as "Loretta") who I thought was totally hilarious. Likewise, having several attractive actresses like Kirsten Dunst (as "Amber Atkins"), Amy Adams ("Leslie Miller") and the aforementioned Denise Richards certainly didn't hurt in any way either. All things considered then, I rate this movie as slightly above average and recommend it to those who might be interested in a satirical film of this type.

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Release Date:

23 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dairy Queens See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan, Minnesota, USA See more »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,986,269, 25 July 1999

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