108 user 74 critic

The Bachelor (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 5 November 1999 (USA)
2:22 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

A committment-phobic man goes in search of a bride, including his fed-up girlfriend, to inherit his grandfather's one hundred million dollar inheritance.


Gary Sinyor
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Donnell ... Jimmie Shannon
Renée Zellweger ... Anne Arden
Artie Lange ... Marco
Edward Asner ... Sid Gluckman
Hal Holbrook ... Roy O'Dell
James Cromwell ... The Priest
Marley Shelton ... Natalie Arden
Peter Ustinov ... Grandad James Shannon
Katharine Towne ... Monique
Rebecca Cross Rebecca Cross ... Stacey
Stacy Edwards ... Zoe
Mariah Carey ... Ilana
Sarah Silverman ... Carolyn
Jennifer Esposito ... Daphne
Brooke Shields ... Buckley Hale-Windsor


James Shannon III (Chris O'Donnell) is seeing his single friends get married one by one. He isn't too worried until his girlfriend Anne Arden (Renée Zellweger) catches the bouquet at his friend Marco's (Artie Lange's) wedding. Suddenly, his wild mustang days are numbered. He finally decides to propose to her, but he sticks his foot in his mouth and botches the proposal. Being insulted by the defeatist proposal, Anne leaves town on an assignment. After she's gone, he finds out that his recently-deceased Grandad James Shannon's (Sir Peter Ustinov's) will stipulates that he gets nothing of a multi-million dollar fortune unless he's married by 6:05 p.m. on his 30th birthday: tomorrow. Not being able to find Anne, Jimmie begins backtracking through his past girlfriends to find a wife. Written by Tony B

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


One thousand brides. One hundred million dollars. Jimmie Shannon is about to discover the true value of love.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »





English | Spanish

Release Date:

5 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El soltero más codiciado See more »


Box Office


$51,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,480,288, 7 November 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,731,001, 20 February 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


This movie is based on the Buster Keaton silent movie Seven Chances (1925). This movie was shot in San Francisco, filming in some of the same areas that Keaton used for Daydreams (1922). See more »


When Jimmie is trying to explain to Daphne in the police station what's going on, she slaps him, then pins him against the wall with her right hand, with her left raised. In the next shot, her hands are switched. See more »


Daphne: [snarling at prisoner] I don't play "good cop, bad cop" - requires too much patience. I go straight to "bad cop, worse cop." Now behave!
See more »

Alternate Versions

New Line Home Video released a "Family Edited Edition" on VHS. This PG version has some obscenities and profanities removed. See more »


References Titanic (1997) See more »


The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Written by Ewan MacColl
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Chased by a thousand wannabe brides
6 May 2015 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Released in 1999, "The Bachelor" is a romcom starring Chris O'Donnell as a commitment-phobic bachelor in San Francisco. When his grandfather dies he stands to inherit $100 million, but with the stipulation that he must be married by the next evening, amongst other conditions. Unfortunately, the woman he loves, Anne, is nowhere to be found (Renée Zellweger) so his best friend (Artie Lange) puts an ad in the paper, which attracts a thousand wannabe brides literally chasing the bachelor and his fortune. Marley Shelton plays Anne's sister while Edward Asner and Hal Holbrook have side roles.

The movie has a great cast and a fun vibe. O'Donnell and Zellweger are appealing protagonists, but I was bored by most of the first 45 minutes. Thankfully, the story perks up when the bachelor seeks out several past girlfriends and unconvincingly proposes. This sequence features entertaining cameos by the likes of Jennifer Esposito, Mariah Carey, Brooke Shields, Sarah Silverman, Stacy Edwards and Katharine Towne. Unfortunately, the filmmakers failed to take advantage of this wealth of feminine resources with the exception of the striking Esposito and Shields, the latter of whom is delightful as a gold-digging biyatch. The rest are underutilized. Nevertheless, Katharine Towne shines in her small role.

The most memorable sequence, of course, is the dude being chased through the streets of San Francisco by a thousand brides, but this only comprises about a dozen minutes of the movie. Those who favor romcoms might like this one better than I did. For me, it's not bad, but it's not good either, although there are some amusing moments. The plot is creative, but the script needed tweaked to flesh out its potential.

The film runs 101 minutes and was shot in San Francisco; downtown L.A. and USC; and Cook Ranch, Galisteo, New Mexico.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 108 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed