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The Big Tease (1999)

R | | Comedy | 28 January 2000 (USA)
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Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Ferguson ... Crawford Mackenzie
Chris Langham ... BBC Interviewer
David Rasche ... Stig
Frances Fisher ... Candy
Mary McCormack ... Monique
Donal Logue ... Eamonn
Isabella Aitken Isabella Aitken ... Mrs. Beasie Mackenzie
Kevin Allen ... Gareth Trundle
Angela McCluskey ... Senga Magoogan
Francine York ... Elegant Woman
David Hasselhoff ... David Hasselhoff
Drew Carey ... Drew Carey
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Cathy Lee Crosby
Caitlyn Jenner ... Bruce Jenner (as Bruce Jenner)
Nina Siemaszko ... Betty Fuego
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Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin Samuels is making a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Crawford; he and the crew go too. After maxing out his credit card at the Century Plaza Hotel, Crawford discovers he's been invited to participate in the audience, not the contest; he tries every angle imaginable to get in the competition: he phones fellow Scot Sean Connery, he gets a union card, he asks the reigning champion for help, and he connects with Connery's publicist, who's having a bad hair day. Will he succeed, for the little people? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He saw. He combed. He conquered.

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Comedy

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Warner Bros

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Je M'Appelle Crawford See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,010, 30 January 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$185,577, 2 April 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Much of the inspiration for the character of Crawford Mackenzie came from a roommate of Craig Ferguson's during his rise to popularity as a comic. See more »

Goofs

Crawford rents a car that was apparently stolen from a Korean cook named Chokko. When Crawford visits Chokko's house, the camera pans and reveals a sign above the doorway on the ground floor displaying what seems to be 'Asian' characters. However, it's neither Korean nor any other Asian language. The characters are entirely fictitious. See more »

Quotes

Crawford Mackenzie: [Crawford is showing off a new outfit] Just something I threw together. I call it... Braveheart meets Liberace-Bravache!
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References The Omen (1976) See more »

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Supernova Heights
Written by Craig Campbell and Paul Stacey
Performed by Cydonia
Courtesy of Meanwhile Records Ltd. and Virgin Records America, Inc.
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The little movie that does
25 January 2000 | by brvhrt-4See all my reviews

I had not heard about THE BIG TEASE before I saw it. I was not familiar with its star, Craig Ferguson. My expectations, therefore, were fairly low. What a nice surprise this movie turned out to be. It feels like a small movie, but delivers big laughs. The cast features a perfect mixture of unknowns, believable character actors, and unexpected cameos. The story is well-paced for a running time no longer than it needs to be (now THAT's refreshing). The Scottish dialect can be hard to decipher for the untrained ear, so a few punch lines fall flat. And while the documentary style helps moves the story along (why waste time on character background when you can have a documentary filmmaker simply ask our hero a pointed question?), it also slows the story down at times. (We're watching documentary footage, remember? So every few scenes need to end with the film being cut, or the camera guy running into a wall.) But apart from those minor annoyances, THE BIG TEASE is one of the funnier movies in recent memory. Partly because I had no expectations, but mainly because it's original, well-acted, and well-written.


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