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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

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After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

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Chris Columbus

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Doubtfire
Sally Field ... Miranda Hillard
Pierce Brosnan ... Stu
Harvey Fierstein ... Frank
Polly Holliday ... Gloria
Lisa Jakub ... Lydia Hillard
Matthew Lawrence ... Chris Hillard
Mara Wilson ... Natalie Hillard
Robert Prosky ... Mr. Lundy
Anne Haney ... Mrs. Sellner
Scott Capurro Scott Capurro ... Jack
Sydney Walker Sydney Walker ... Bus Driver
Joe Bellan Joe Bellan ... TV Boss
Martin Mull ... Justin Gregory
Karen Kahn ... Female Employee #1
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Storyline

Eccentric actor Daniel Hillard is an amusing and caring father. But after a disastrous birthday party for his son, Daniel's wife Miranda draws the line and files a divorce. He can see his three children only once a week which doesn't sit well with him. Daniel also holds a job at a TV studio as a shipping clerk under the recommendation of his liason. But when Miranda puts out an ad for a housekeeper, Daniel takes it upon himself to make a disguise as a Scottish lady named Mrs Doubtfire. And Daniel must also deal with Miranda's new boyfriend Stu Dunemyer. Written by Blazer346

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Papá por siempre See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$219,200,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$441,286,195
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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There are 8 differences between the book and the movie: In the book, Daniel is a actor. In the movie, Daniel is a voice actor. In the book, Miranda is a successful businesswoman. In the movie, Miranda is an interior designer. In the book, all the main characters, apart from Natalie, tend to act in self-interest and except a large amount of credit whenever they do otherwise. This doesn't happen in the movie. In the book, Daniel and Miranda are separated and in the movie, they are together at the beginning, but Daniel screws up again, they get divorced. In the book Daniel becomes angry at Miranda's early arrival in the dinner scene. In the movie, this also happens, but takes place before Daniel becomes Mrs. Doubtfire. In the book, Daniel does not swear in the dinner scene. In the movie, Daniel does swear in the dinner scene. In the book Lydia and Chris know right away that Madame Doubtfire is their father in drag. In the movie, at first they don't know it is him. It is only when Chris sees Mrs. Doubtfire standing up to pee that he has to come clean. In the book, Natalie is the first to find out. In the movie, Natalie is the only child left out of the loop. See more »

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The scene where Daniel and the children are having a spaghetti dinner, you can see the equipment crew reflected in the picture frame, just before revealing the family eating. See more »

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Emotional and funny, one of the most vivid character studies ever. ***1/2 out of ****.
7 February 2000 | by Movie-12See all my reviews

MRS. DOUBTFIRE (1993) ***1/2

Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Mara Wilson, and Pierce Brosnan

Directed by Chris Columbus. Written by Leslie Dixon and Randi Mayem Singer. Running time: 125 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for sexual references and some language)

By Blake French:

"Mrs. Doubtfire" is one of the most invigorating, vivid character studies to be produced on the big screen this decade. Most of the characters are strongly executed with decisive dialogue. They are also beautifully written with tainted personalities and uncompromising wit. Chris Columbus has assembled a stellar dramatic comedy with excellent screen writing, giving audiences one of the most punctually artful films I have ever witnessed.

The opening scene is as brilliantly structured as screen writing otherwise comes. It has a middle-aged man named Daniel, whom we learn about as he quits his job as a vocal performer for a children's cartoon after he realizes his employers are immoral. This sequence provides us with a development of the character's inner personality, strong morals and consciences. The audience also leans that he is a silly, easy going person. We soon find out it is these characteristics that propel the movie into the first plot point.

Daniel's wife, Miranda, wishes to divorce him because he is too goofy and immature. We are propelled quickly into the firm second act after the divorce. Before this point, we have witnessed both actions and dialogue reallocating Daniel's love and compassion for his family, especially his children. The film sets up the for following events using Robin Williams character as the plot advancer.

Daniel lusts for time with his children so much, he confidentially disguises himself as a sixty year old woman then applies for a day-care job for his ex-wife--this would allow him to be around his children more often. Miranda falls for it, and the master of disguise gets his opportunity. The film then takes us through a hilarious and emotional journey into the lives of a typical American divorced family.

The internal problem becomes more complex when Daniel's ex wife shows romantic interest in a new boyfriend, underplayed by Pierce Brosnan. The filmmakers could have done more with the Brosnan character. Here, he seems developed with repetition and dialogue. Although his purpose is to accommodate romantic competition, we don't know enough about him to care that much.

"Mrs. Doubtfire" contains some material that fairs as overly blunt and outwardly apprehensive. Although the overall presentation is understandable and relative, I still think the picture could have been better with more careful script writing. Even such, we are able to witness a powerful, touching film with a conclusion that is so settling, you will cry with joy.

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