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The Beautician and the Beast (1997)

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A New York City cosmetologist, mistakenly thought to be a science teacher, is offered a job to teach the children of an Eastern European dictator.


Ken Kwapis


Todd Graff
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fran Drescher ... Joy Miller
Timothy Dalton ... Boris Pochenko
Ian McNeice ... Ira Grushinsky
Patrick Malahide ... Leonid Kleist
Lisa Jakub ... Katrina Pochenko
Michael Lerner ... Jerry Miller
Phyllis Newman ... Judy Miller
Heather DeLoach ... Masha Pochenko
Adam LaVorgna ... Karl Pochenko
Kyle Wilkerson Kyle Wilkerson ... Yuri Pochenko
Tyler Wilkerson Tyler Wilkerson ... Yuri Pochenko
Timothy Dowling ... Alek
Michael Immel ... Stage Manager
Tonya Watts ... Model
Tamara Mello ... Consuela


A beautician in America is mistakenly thought to be an academic teacher by a representative of an Eastern European dictator. She is invited to their country on that mistaken belief and is asked to be the tutor of the dictator's children. While there, she tries to Westernize the whole country. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La niñera y el presidente See more »


Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,080,222, 9 February 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The extra dancers in the ball scene had to dance in stockings or socks, because their shoes made too much noise on the dance floor. See more »


When Joy Miller gives the President a massage, she first throws the towel over his behind. In the next shot, though no one has touched the towel, it is now tucked under his body on the massage table. See more »


Boris Pochenko: Why must you always go one step too far? You could be such a pleasant person if you just had a tiny little edit button.
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Hug My Soul
by Sarah Cracknell, Jonathan Male & Guy Batson
Performed by Saint Etienne
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products and Courtesy of SINE/Creation Records/Heavenly Recordings
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The Nanny goes to Slovetzia
25 July 2012 | by LaakbaarSee all my reviews

Hey, like many people, I happen to like "The Nanny". I also like Fran Dresscher in "The Nanny". (I don't think I need to explain this any further. A lot of people like this show.) Once in a while I like to watch light, fun, mindless movies. I suppose this all pretty well explains why I enjoyed "The Beautician and the Beast".

Fran plays almost the same familiar role, except instead of Mr Sheffield we have President-for-Life Pochenko of Slovetzia (Tim Dalton). He's an old school dictator and a disciplinarian as a father; however, she eventually captures his heart and gets him to change his ways. His oppressed children love her, of course. Think of Maria and Capt von Trapp. None of it is realistic, but that's part of the movie's charm. It has the same kind of humour as the television show, plus a good deal of gentle ribbing of Slavic countries and dictatorships. I watched the film on TV in Croatia, so I don't think they mind.

I see this movie is rated rather poorly here on IMDb.com. It also didn't do well at the box office. Don't let this influence your decision to watch it. If you like "The Nanny", you'll enjoy this movie too.

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