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Pterodactyl Woman from Beverly Hills (1997)

R | | Comedy | 7 October 1997 (USA)
Pixie is cursed with turning into a Pterodactyl when her husband is caught messing with bones on an ancient burial ground. Her husband, children, friends, and neighbours must come to terms ... See full summary »

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Philippe Mora

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Philippe Mora
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Ball Jonathan Ball ... Officer Othello
Cabiria Cardinale Cabiria Cardinale ... Karen / Mrs. Goldberg
Holley Chant Holley Chant ... Mrs. Hoffman (as Holly Chant)
Sonia Nassery Cole ... Mystic Woman (as Sonia Cole)
Bruce Critchley Bruce Critchley ... Dr. Smegburger
Beverly D'Angelo ... Pixie Chandler
Aron Eisenberg ... Tommy Chandler
Danny Ferrington Danny Ferrington ... Stealth Bomber Pilot
Douchan Gersi Douchan Gersi ... Thompson
Francesca Hilton Francesca Hilton ... Helene
Barry Humphries ... Bert / Lady Shopper / Manager
Brion James ... Salvador Dali / Sam
Maxine John-James Maxine John-James ... Michelle / Mrs.McKenzie (as Max John-James)
Ruta Lee ... Mrs. Poole
Floyd Levine ... Golf Partner
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Pixie is cursed with turning into a Pterodactyl when her husband is caught messing with bones on an ancient burial ground. Her husband, children, friends, and neighbours must come to terms with Pixie's new "look". Her only chance to return to her normal state is to find the shaman who inflicted the curse on her. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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A perfect Beverly Hills housewife by day - a prehistoric flying reptile by night.

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Comedy

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hilfe, meine Frau ist ein Saurier! See more »

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Troma Entertainment See more »
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Mono

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Philippe Mora is a huge admirer of the artists Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso, and so he named the two characters, Dali played by Brion James and Picasso played by Ron Soble, in the film as a homage to the two famous and influential artists. See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Blue Martini
Music and lyrics by Beverly D'Angelo
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A thumbs-up from me!
20 February 2003 | by chimpaSee all my reviews

I can understand how many people would find this movie a waste of 97 minutes of their lives, but I loved it. It didn't try to be a Hollywood blockbuster, which is certainly a good thing; low-budget films that aim too high only embarrass themselves. However, Pterodactyl Woman From Beverly Hills (PWFBH) laughed at itself for being a B-Movie (or perhaps a C-movie??). Whilst the storyline is quite lame, it is gentle and amusing; an archaeologist disturbs some bones, and is cursed by a voodoo man calling himself Salvador Dali ("What can I say? I like his work"). This curse causes his wife to turn into a pterodactyl every now and then (the transformations come at night, but the mannerisms remain through the daylight hours - eg. Swallowing live carp in a supermarket). If you are a die-hard, high-budget movie fan who likes big computer-generated explosions from Star Wars or tense, engaging chase films like The Fugitive, then chances are that you won't like PWFBH. On the other hand, if you like movies for the entertainment value, and are not scared to try something different, have a look at this film. Don't take it too seriously (which isn't hard with characters called Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso), but sit back and enjoy. My personal favourite character was Sam ("Have you come....for a cocktail....with Sam?"), and favourite scene was the surreal but wonderful Blue Martini song. If I were to rate this film with a critic's eye, it would not come up too highly, but from a viewer P.O.V., it was enjoyable and, at times, hilarious, gaining about 8 or 9 out of 10. Keep an eye out for Barry Humphries as the supermarket salesman, and his famous character Dame Edna Everage in the background of the same scene.


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