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Flawless (1999)

An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons, with the drag queen next door.

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Writer:

Joel Schumacher
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Walt Koontz
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Rusty
Barry Miller ... Leonard Wilcox
Chris Bauer ... Jacko
Skipp Sudduth ... Tommy
Wilson Jermaine Heredia ... Cha-Cha
Nashom Benjamin Nashom Benjamin ... Amazing Grace
Scott Allen Cooper Scott Allen Cooper ... Ivana
Rory Cochrane ... Pogo
Daphne Rubin-Vega ... Tia
Vincent Laresca ... Raymond Camacho
Karina Arroyave ... Amber
John Enos III ... Sonny (as John Enos)
Jude Ciccolella ... Detective Noonan
Mina Bern ... Mrs. Spivak
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Storyline

Walt Koontz, a homophobic cop, ends up with paralyzed vocal cords because of an unfortunate stroke. His therapy includes singing lessons from a neighbor who is not only flamboyantly gay but also pre-operative transgender. Both of them are equally prejudiced; Koontz against non-heterosexuals and the neighbor against closed-minded straight people. Written by Rob Reser - The Movie Kid - <moviekid@filmspot.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Nobody's Perfect. Everybody's Flawless See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language and strong violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flawless See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,590,155, 28 November 1999

Gross USA:

$4,488,529

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,488,529
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tribeca Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert De Niro's face would sometimes ache for days after tensing his jaw to speak in his post-stroke scenes. See more »

Quotes

Walt Koontz: I'm not as stupid as you think I am.
Rusty Zimmerman: Honey, you could never be as stupid as I think you are.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, DeNiro and Hoffman sing the "Name Song" together while staying in character. See more »

Connections

References Roots (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Stouthearted Men
from film New Moon (1940)
Written by Sigmund Romberg & Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Nelson Eddy
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Awesome Acting 101
16 January 2001 | by cherry2xSee all my reviews

I am sorry to say that I saw this movie for the first time today. You know they say hind sight is 20/20. I remember when the previews for the movie were out and I thought that looks like a really great movie. It was an incredible movie.

De Niro is exceptional as the homophobic former hero cop with a speech impediment due to a stroke. Hoffman is wonderful as the singing drag queen. The chemistry between the characters is true to life and heartfelt. When they come together, we see that their dissimilar lives are not so dissimilar at all. They are both overcoming some of the same trials and tribulations just over different things. They develop an amazing bond that will help them through the tough times.

A Flawlessly Beautiful Movie.


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