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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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Anne Fine (novel), Randi Mayem Singer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She's a blessing... in disguise. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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 expect 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 »

Goofs

Film crew reflected in the window of the trolley car with Mrs. Doubtfire and kids on board as it drives by. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daniel: [as Grunge the Cat] Salutations, snack.
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Connections

References Mork & Mindy (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo al factotum
(uncredited)
from "Il barbiere di Siviglia"
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Robin Williams
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A TRULY TOUCHING, COMICAL MASTERPIECE
6 February 1999 | by CHARLIE-89See all my reviews

MRS. DOUBTFIRE is easily one of the best movies ever made. Robin Williams makes audiences laugh and cry at his portrayal of a loving father who wants nothing more than to be with his children. After a painful divorce, he tries to gain custody of his children. This is the premise of the film. Along the way, of course, there are plenty of laughs, especially some great moments with Harvey Fierstein as Williams' brother and hair stylist. This film is so moving that it deserves to be seen by everyone.


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