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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.

Director:

Ken Kwapis

Writer:

Todd Graff
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Most signs in the movie are written in Slovak. The banner at the secret resistance meeting says "to unite correct". The warning signs in the factory read "Danger: Steam", and the scribbles on the newspaper mean "From our readers' letters." The labor decree that Pochenko draws up is only seen for a split second in one shot, but part of it says "further site updates are hereby postponed." See more »

Goofs

When Joy is in Boris Pochenko's office as he's sword fighting, Joy's arms change from being folded to at her side in between shots. See more »

Quotes

Boris Pochenko: Do I not intimidate you at all?
Joy Miller: Is one of your sideburns longer than the other?
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Connections

Version of Anna and the King of Siam (1946) See more »

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Hungarian Sundance
by Friedrich Sehl
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Better than it sounds...
9 January 2004 | by J-1984See all my reviews

I was apprehensive when this film came on TV, but as there was nothing else on and I was bored I decided to give it a go. It began badly as I found Fran Drescher incredibly annoying, mainly due to her piercing New York accent. Timothy Dalton was fantastic in his role, and made me laugh a number of times. Ian McNeice was also quite good in what was essentially just a rehash of his role in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. The script wasn't excellent but did the job. The film did begin to lose momentum as Timothy Dalton became less beast-ly and the film is about half an hour too long, but those are really the only bad points. This film isn't a work of art, but it provides nice escapism for two hours. 6/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beautician and the Beast See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,080,222, 9 February 1997

Gross USA:

$11,486,880

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,486,880
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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