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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.

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3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Walt Koontz
... Rusty
... Leonard Wilcox
... Jacko
... Tommy
... Cha-Cha
Nashom Benjamin ... Amazing Grace
Scott Allen Cooper ... Ivana
... Pogo
... Tia
... Raymond Camacho
... Amber
... Sonny (as John Enos)
... Detective Noonan
... Mrs. Spivak
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Storyline

Walt Koontz, a homophobic guy, ends up with paralyzed vocal cords because of an unfortunate stroke. His therapy includes receiving singing lessons from a neighbor who is not only openly flamboyant but also a pre-op transgenderist. Both of them are equally prejudiced; Koontz against homosexuals and the neighbor against close-minded straight people. Written by Rob Reser - The Movie Kid - <moviekid@filmspot.com>

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

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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MGM

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24 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Makellos  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,590,155, 28 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,485,485, 5 March 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The line "I'm more of a man than you'll ever be, and more of woman than you'll ever get", was first uttered by Antonio Fargas as "Lindy" in Car Wash (1976). See more »

Quotes

Rusty Zimmerman: [My mother] was a victim, you know? Sweet, you know, but a victim. A reformed drunk, on her knees at church begging, you know, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and every goddamn saint in Heaven to forgive her for giving birth to Cruella De Fag, you know. Being a slave to my father before he died. You would have loved each other. He thought Archie Bunker was a flaming liberal.
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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 Ziegfeld Girl (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Tasha's Song
Written by Joel Schumacher, Bruce Roberts & Rory Cochrane
Performed by Rory Cochrane
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fun, poignant, with great performances
7 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film on a plane and thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the performance of Philip Seymour Hoffmann whom I found spectacular as a lonely, vulnerable, witty drag queen reaching out to recent stroke victim, homophobic DeNiro. The two of them were marvelous - and the end of the film had an outtake of Hoffmann and DeNiro practicing "The Name Game" that alone was worth the entire movie. There were certainly stereotypes among the minor characters but the plot was good and so was the acting. My acting teacher used to describe plays/films like "Virginia Wolff" as love stories. Using his criteria of two people coming together, sharing experiences and touching each other's hearts - Flawless certainly qualifies as an atypical love story.


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