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Drowning Mona (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 3 March 2000 (USA)
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When a woman drives a car into the river to her death, everyone in town becomes a suspect.

Director:

Nick Gomez

Writer:

Peter Steinfeld
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... Chief Rash
Bette Midler ... Mona Dearly
Neve Campbell ... Ellen
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Rona
Casey Affleck ... Bobby
William Fichtner ... Phil Dearly
Marcus Thomas ... Jeff Dearly
Peter Dobson ... Feege
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Lucinda
Tracey Walter ... Clarence
Will Ferrell ... Cubby
Paul Ben-Victor ... Carlucci
Paul Schulze ... Jimmy D.
Mark Pellegrino ... Murph
Raymond O'Connor ... Father Tom
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Storyline

Mona Dearly, a spiteful, loud-mouthed, unpopular woman, dies when the car she is driving plunges off a cliff and into a river near the small upstate New York town where she lives. Wyatt Rash, the local police chief, investigates and suspects foul play in Mona's death. The whole town is suspect, including Wyatt's daughter Ellen, who is about to marry landscape artist Bobby Calzone, whose business suffers from his lazy business partner, Jeff, Mona's slow-witted son, as well as waitress Rona Mace, who was having an affair with Mona's husband. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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The death of Mona Dearly wasn't so much a whodunnit, as a who didn't. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Qui a tué Mona? See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,802,229, 5 March 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,427,192, 9 April 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$747,934, 31 December 2000
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mona Dearly (Bette Midler) is an anagram for "only a dream". See more »

Goofs

Phil's shirt when he is looking in the mirror is dark, when he is in the funeral home in the next scene it is a white striped shirt. Jeff's shirt appears to be a black button down silk shirt with a green design, however when at the funeral home he has a regular black t-shirt with a band logo on. So both Phil & Jeff have different shirts on than what is shown them going to the wake in. See more »

Quotes

Chief Wyatt Rash: Along those lines.
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Connections

Referenced in Bette: Silent But Deadly (2000) See more »

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Sure As I'm Sittin' Here
Written by John Hiatt
Performed by Three Dog Night
Courtesy of MCA Records
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unexpectedly funny
8 September 2000 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I did not expect much from this one, considering the lukewarm reviews it had gotten, and its brief time in the theaters. I was attracted by the cast - Dannny deVito, Bette Midler, Jamie Lee Curtis. I found it quite hilarious, as the earnest sheriff, DeVito, of Verplanck, N.Y., a down-at-the-heels upstate burg where everyone drives a Yugo due to a long-ago promotion scheme (an offbeat touch), attempts to solve the murder of the town's most hated woman, played by Middler. The script is very funny, and it is played well by all concerned. The collective i.q. of this God-forsaken hamlet does not appear to rise above room temperature. The frightening thing is that the tawdry machinations of all involved probably reflect pretty closely what life is really like in many trailer-park backwaters. My son & I found it a laugh riot. (As an aside, the movie accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of making Jamie Lee Curtis look positively wretched.)


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