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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Thriller | 23 July 1999 (USA)
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A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

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Lona Williams
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirsten Dunst ... Amber Atkins
Ellen Barkin ... Annette Atkins
Allison Janney ... Loretta
Denise Richards ... Rebecca 'Becky' Ann Leeman
Kirstie Alley ... Gladys Leeman
Sam McMurray ... Lester Leeman
Mindy Sterling ... Iris Clark
Brittany Murphy ... Lisa Swenson
Amy Adams ... Leslie Miller
Laurie A. Sinclair ... Michelle Johnson (as Laurie Sinclair)
Shannon Nelson ... Tess Weinhaus
Tara Redepenning Tara Redepenning ... Molly Howard
Sarah Stewart ... Jenelle Betz
Alexandra Holden ... Mary Johanson
Brooke Elise Bushman Brooke Elise Bushman ... Tammy Curry
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Storyline

In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps. Explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family in town the police are pretty relaxed about it all. Despite everything, main rival (but nice) Amber Atkins won't be stopped. There could well be more death and disappointment to come. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The battle between the good and the bad is about to get ugly.


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Rated PG-13 for irreverent and crude humor, sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dairy Queens See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,986,269, 25 July 1999

Gross USA:

$10,571,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,571,408
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Michael Patrick Jann, Kirstie Alley refused to try on many of the costumes the wardrobe department had picked for Gladys, instead asking for them to be sent to the Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood to try them on there. See more »

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The explosion seen on the video camera is seen directly in front of the camera, yet the large piece of debris that falls center screen comes at a diagonal angle from the right. See more »

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Colleen Douglas: Stop with the friggin' Marco Polo or I'll come over there and rip your fat little heads off!
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(referencing Hank's request to be freed from the car door) It is the policy of the documentary crew to remain true observers and not interfere with its subjects. See more »

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Beautiful Dreamer
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A Satirical View of Small Town, USA
26 May 2017 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film takes place in the small Minnesota town of "Mount Rose" where a teenage beauty pageant is about to be held. Although this pageant is held there every year what makes this one somewhat unique is the fact that the head of the pageant "Gladys Leeman" (Kirstie Allen) has her own daughter "Rebecca Leeman" (Denise Richards) as one of the contestants. To make matters even worse, Gladys is the wife of the richest man in the town and as a result she has a great deal of influence over the judges. Yet in spite of this the contest remains in doubt as there are a few young ladies who pose as obstacles to Rebecca's success. And it's then that they each start dying under mysterious circumstances one by one. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that, although some of the humor was rather crude, the director (Michael Patrick Jann) and writer (Lona Williams) really managed to capture the hypocrisy and self-righteous bigotry of some of the people who happen to reside in small towns. Naturally, not all small towns are as bad as this film portrays and not all people are as shallow-minded as shown here either. But there is definitely a problem in some small towns and this film nails it really well. Be that as it may, I really liked the performance of Allison Janney (as "Loretta") who I thought was totally hilarious. Likewise, having several attractive actresses like Kirsten Dunst (as "Amber Atkins"), Amy Adams ("Leslie Miller") and the aforementioned Denise Richards certainly didn't hurt in any way either. All things considered then, I rate this movie as slightly above average and recommend it to those who might be interested in a satirical film of this type.


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