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Born Yesterday (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 26 March 1993 (USA)
A businessman shows up in Washington to lobby agendas that are friendly to his construction plans. His ditsy ex-showgirl bimbo proves to be an embarrassment in social situations, so he ... See full summary »

Director:

Luis Mandoki

Writers:

Garson Kanin (play), Douglas McGrath (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Billie Dawn
John Goodman ... Harry Brock
Don Johnson ... Paul Verrall
Edward Herrmann ... Ed Devery
Max Perlich ... JJ
Michael Ensign ... Phillipe
Benjamin C. Bradlee Benjamin C. Bradlee ... Alex Duffee, Sect. of the Navy
Sally Quinn Sally Quinn ... Beatrice Duffee
William Frankfather ... Sen. Kelley
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Sen. Hedges
Celeste Yarnall ... Mrs. Hedges
Nora Dunn ... Cynthia Schreiber, NPR Talk Show Host
Meg Wittner ... Mrs. Kelley
William Forward ... Sen. Duker
Mary Gordon Murray Mary Gordon Murray ... Bindy Duker
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A businessman shows up in Washington to lobby agendas that are friendly to his construction plans. His ditsy ex-showgirl bimbo proves to be an embarrassment in social situations, so he hires a reporter to teach her how to appear more intelligent. Soon it becomes apparent to the reporter that she isn't so stupid after all, and things become more complicated as she begins questioning the papers her sugar daddy keeps getting her to sign, and the reporter begins falling in love with her. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and a scene of abusive behavior | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nacida ayer See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$17,952,857
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Judy Holliday won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the original Born Yesterday (1950). In contrast, Melanie Griffith, who plays Billie Dawn in this remake, was nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Actress. She failed to win, however. See more »

Goofs

Stage man quickly hides behind curtain in apartment on the left side of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Paul: You were great tonight. Didn't you think you were great?
Billie: Oh, yeah. We really tricked them, didn't we?
Paul: What's the matter?
Billie: Well, if you saw a great ventriloquist, who would you compliment, the dummy?
Paul: You're not a dummy.
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Connections

Version of Au théâtre ce soir: Ferraille à vendre (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

TEACH ME TONIGHT
Written by Sammy Cahn and Gene de Paul
Performed by Dinah Washington
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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Surprisingly...not terrible
2 April 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Remake of the 1950 Judy Holliday/William Holden/Broderick Crawford hit farce, adapted from Garson Kanin's popular play, about millionaire businessman hiring a tutor for his dizzy girlfriend, which backfires when she becomes wise enough to know she's being played for a dupe. In the leads, Melanie Griffith, then-husband Don Johnson and John Goodman all have a propensity to lapse into shtick, but, for her part, Griffith is well-cast and very likable. The men have a harder time: Johnson is charmingly low-keyed in a dull role (the problems with it go back to the play) and Goodman works hard at being both vulgar and sympathetic. Not a complete success by any means, this update still hasn't figured out how to make the last act work (the plot mechanisms become congealed, the action becomes stagy and the finale is limp), but there are some nice laughs spread around and an occasionally witty flash of original thought. ** from ****


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