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Bean (1997)

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The bumbling Mr. Bean travels to America when he is given the responsibility of bringing a highly valuable painting to a Los Angeles museum.

Director:

Mel Smith

Writers:

Rowan Atkinson (character "Mr. Bean"), Richard Curtis (character "Mr. Bean") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Mr. Bean
Peter MacNicol ... David Langley
John Mills ... Chairman (as Sir John Mills)
Pamela Reed ... Alison Langley
Harris Yulin ... George Grierson
Burt Reynolds ... General Newton
Larry Drake ... Elmer
Danny Goldring ... Security Buck
Johnny Galecki ... Stingo Wheelie
Chris Ellis ... Det. Butler
Andrew Lawrence ... Kevin Langley
Peter Egan ... Lord Walton
Peter Capaldi ... Gareth
June Brown June Brown ... Delilah
Peter James Peter James ... Dr. Rosenblum
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Storyline

Bean (Rowan Atkinson) works as a caretaker at Britain's formidable Royal National Gallery, and his bosses want to fire him because he sleeps at work all the time, but can't because the chairman of the gallery's board defends him. They send him to the U.S., to the small Los Angeles art gallery instead, where he'll have to officiate at the opening of the greatest U.S. picture ever (called "Whistler's Mother").

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for moments of risque humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Chinese title for the movie reads "Han Dou Xian Sheng," which literally means "Foolish Bean Mister," giving the impression that Mr. Bean's name comes with "foolish" (the Chinese character "Han" can mean naive, foolish, silly, or simple-minded). Therefore, in Chinese pop culture, if you refer to Mr. Bean simply as "Bean" ("Dou," "Dou zi," or "Dou Xian Sheng"), most people would be puzzled, but when you say "Foolish Bean" ("Han Dou"), they would immediately understand your reference. See more »

Goofs

From his side of the one-way window in the police station, Bean's tie appears straight and tidy with only the 'large' end on show. However from the police perspective on the other side of the window his tie is lop-sided with both ends clearly visible across his shirt. See more »

Quotes

David Langley: [after the ride ended] Incredible! You set?
[woke up Bean, who was sleeping throughout the ride and startled]
Mr. Bean: [spotted the motion simulator controller behind the curtain, called David back] Why don't you get another tickets? could be more fun takin' second round.
[David agreed, while Bean went off to tamper with the controller]
David Langley: [after a short while, David went back with a soft toy monster] Okay.
Mr. Bean: [giving warning] Brace yourself!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

After the in-credit Working Title Films logo, Bean appears on the screen: "Yes, I normally stay to the end as well," followed by some more remarks to the leaving audience. See more »

Alternate Versions

The deleted scenes that are shown in the 15 minute segment 'Bean Scenes Unseen' include the following:
  • Bean driving to work in his trademark black and yellow Austin Mini and getting caught in a traffic jam outside of Harrods department store. Seeing two doorman holding open the doors for customers, Bean seizes the opportunity and simply drives through the doors, around the inside of the store and then out the other side to get through the jam.
  • Bean pulling up to a 'No Parking' sign at his place of work, getting out a pair of false legs, pushing them underneath the car, and dropping some wrenches next to the legs to simulate his making repairs.
  • Bean hearing the news that he'll be going to America. He thinks that everyone will be carrying a gun so he makes believe he's holding a gun with his hands, and mimics Eastwood-like moves and even says to a man, "Are you feeling lucky punk?"
  • Bean reprising the 'head in the lap' gag in which he is wearing a blindfold to help him sleep while on the plane to America. He starts to fall down in his seat and then manages to have his head fall into the crotch of the passenger sitting next to him. The passenger yells for a stewardess to switch him to a different seat and Bean tries to make sense of the situation by screaming "I'M BLIND!" since he is still wearing the blindfold.
  • The Langley family falls asleep waiting for Bean at the airport. What they don't know is that Bean actually HAS arrived at their house by way of a Taxi. He gets inside and plays around with a remote control for what he thinks is the TV but is actually the garage door opener. Bean then picks up a SONY Walkman for the first time and then starts to listen to music and do an impromptu dance in his pajamas all over the house.
  • The Langley's arriving home and Bean using their bathroom. Bean and David continue a set of 'near misses' as one goes outside the room as another comes in. Bean, searching for his toothpaste, comes across what he thinks is David's toothpaste but is actually a tube of medicinal toe cream. Bean puts it on his toothbrush, brushes and after a bit smiles and says "Mmmm! Nice!"
  • A lot more of Bean's destroying of Whistler's mother (A lot of the pictures for this scene can be found in the books for the film) is shown. Bean going into the Grierson Gallery men's room and attempting to wash off the ink by using a toilet brush. Hearing others who want to use the facilities, Bean places the painting outside a window and onto the building's ledge. He then walks out on the ledge and tries to grab it while trying not to disrupt the security meeting with David, Elmer, George, Bernice, and Walter. - Bean tries to calm David's panic over the destroyed painting by coming up with the idea of placing a tiny piece of paper saying "DO NOT ENTER" on the doors. David's reaction to this is "EXCELLENT! It's perfect! Problem is solved! Apart from one tiny drawback, that someone will eventually walk through that door, they'll see the painting and say, "Oh look, someone has completely destroyed 'Whistler's Mother'. Let's Kill Them!!!" leaving Bean at a loss for words.
  • A 'breakfast' scene at the Langley's shows Bean making scrambled eggs and toast for David and Kevin while David tries to think of what to say at the unveiling. "I get to go in and tell everyone that 'Whistler's Mother' now looks like Pinocchio's Father!"
  • An extended scene of Burt Reynolds' character General Newton meeting the staff of the Grierson Gallery including Bean.
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Soundtracks

Stuck in the middle with you
Written by Joe Eganand Gerry Rafferty
Performed by Susanna Hoffs
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User Reviews

God, I LOVED this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!
16 November 2000 | by CHARLIE-89See all my reviews

How can anyone not LOVE this movie. It has to be the greatest comedy made in the 1990s. IT HAS TO BE. Rowan Atkinson is an incredible slapstick comedian. He is one of the great comedy performers of all time, ranking alongside Chaplin, Keaton, Fields, The Marxes, Tati, Brooks and Allen. This was a really popular movie when it was released in the Spring of 1997-and with good reason. If there could ONLY be more movies like this. I'm a big fan of Atkinson's TV shows MR BEAN, BLACKADDER and of course THE THIN BLUE LINE. Do yourself a favor and see this movie!


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bean: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,255,233, 19 October 1997

Gross USA:

$45,319,423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$251,212,670
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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