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The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

A struggling dentist's life is turned upside down when a famous gangster moves in next door, and his wife convinces him to inform a notorious mob boss about the gangster's whereabouts.


Jonathan Lynn


Mitchell Kapner
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Jimmy Tudeski
Matthew Perry ... Oz Oseransky
Rosanna Arquette ... Sophie
Michael Clarke Duncan ... Frankie Figs
Natasha Henstridge ... Cynthia
Amanda Peet ... Jill
Kevin Pollak ... Janni Gogolak
Harland Williams ... Agent Hanson
Carmen Ferland Carmen Ferland ... Sophie's Mom (as Carmen Ferlan)
Serge Christiaenssens ... Mr. Boulez (as Serge Christianssens)
Renee Madeline Le Guerrier Renee Madeline Le Guerrier ... Waitress (as Renée Madelaine Le Guerrier)
Jean-Guy Bouchard ... Mover
Howard Bilerman Howard Bilerman ... Dave Martin
Johnny Goar Johnny Goar ... Hungarian Hood
Deano Clavet ... Polish Pug


Montreal, Canada. A down-on-his luck dentist, "Oz" Oseransky (Matthew Perry), discovers that his new neighbor is Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis), former mob-contract-killer-turned-police-informant upon whose head the Hungarian mob has put a steep price. Egged on my his loathsome wife, Sophie (Rosanna Arquette), Oz sets off to Chicago to let the mob know where The Tulip is and hopefully claim part of the reward. Written by grantss

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Release Date:

18 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Whole Nine Yards See more »


Box Office


$41,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,731,070, 20 February 2000

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The whole nine yards phrase is from the 13th century, it is a bolt of fabric or 9 yards..when a monk would be walking up to purchase a monks habit, the tailor would say "Here comes the whole nine yards." As , it took 9 yards of fabric to create the monks habit, hence the term, the whole nine yards See more »


When the detectives inform Oz about the bodies found burned in his vehicle, they give him two names. Oz automatically asks if one of the names is the name associated with his neighbor, without inquiring further. A detective would notice this usually and may assume Oz knew more than he was letting on. See more »


Oz: OK, OK. Let's say that he did make a pass at you. The guy's been in prison for five years. He's desperate. He'd sleep with a meat grinder.
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Crazy Credits

Leanna McOemmecon is listed in the credits as the stand in for Rosanna Arquette, when it should read Leanna McLennan. (I worked as a stand in for Rosanna Arquette while filming in Quebec. The correct spelling of my name is Leanna McLennan. Each day, my name would be spelled differently on the call sheet - McLean, etc. Each day, I would correct it. In the end, I am listed in the credits as Leanna McOemmecon, which I find quite amusing.) See more »


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Great Friday Night Flick
10 November 2009 | by moviesleuth2See all my reviews

Now here is a rare breed: a mainstream movie that works at just about every level without dumbing anything down or making the average viewer think too hard. "The Whole Nine Yards" is a great movie to simply sit back and enjoy.

Nicholas "Oz" Ozeransky (Matthew Perry) is a mild-mannered dentist whose stuck with a wife who hates him (Rosanna Arquette in a hilariously over-the-top performance) and a huge debt that his partner (his father-in-law) left him when he kicked the bucket. Then his new neighbor moves in. This neighbor, much to Oz's horror, is none other than Jimmy "The Tulip" Tudeski (Bruce Willis), the infamous hit-man for the Gogolak gang. Oz's wife tells him that they should rat Jimmy out to the Gogolaks to get a "finder's fee." Oz obviously refuses, but agrees to go when his wife agrees that if he does this, she'll give him a divorce. Thus begins a hilarious story of double crosses, new romances, and hamburgers with mayonnaise.

The cast is first rate. Matthew Perry is in full panic-mode, and his reactions to the situations he finds himself in (and their resulting consequences) are hilarious. Bruce Willis is perfectly cast as Jimmy. It's a typecast role, but Willis plays him with a slight tongue-in-cheek. It works wonderfully. While it allows for plenty of laughs, it also gives him an air of menace, which adds another layer to the humor. We are aware of Jimmy's capacity for violence, but the way Willis plays it results in moments of laughter mixed with suspense. Natasha Henstridge radiates a cool sexuality mixed with vulnerability as Jimmy's ex-wife who falls for Oz. Michael Clarke Duncan is also well-cast as Jimmy's fellow hit-man, Frankie. Kevin Pollack and Rosanna Arquette are so over-the-top that their performances must be seen to be believed.

But as good as this cast is, and it's great, the film is stolen from all of them by newcomer Amanda Peet. It takes a great performer to steal scenes with actors at the top of their game. But Peet didn't just steal her scenes, she walked away with the whole movie. Peet is positively delightful as Oz's ditzy receptionist, who has more of a part to play in this than anyone realizes. Peet is hysterical; her performance should have at least gotten her an Oscar nod, if not a win.

"The Whole Nine Yards" is a mix of film-noir and screwball comedy. Director Jonathan Lynn has a lot of fun with the conventions of each genre, including mixing and matching the character traits of the femme-fatale and the "good girl" (you'll see what I mean when you watch the movie). What I really liked is that the humor of the movie is not over-the-top exaggeration humor (like The Farrelly Brothers). This is more about timing and dialogue; it's like a 1930's screwball comedy without the Hays Code. To be sure, the film does not leave out the trademark of the noir genre: the twisty plot. "The Whole Nine Yards" boasts plenty of surprises, and quite a bit of suspense. Just because this is a comedy doesn't mean you can tell where it's going.

Mixing these two genres would seem impossible because more often than not, one would dilute the other. But Lynn manages to walk the line between the two opposite genres and play them both equally well. The film is well-paced, and the timing on the jokes is perfect. There are no over-the-top visual effects, and that's a good thing.

"The Whole Nine Yards" may not be classic film material, but it's highly entertaining. And with a movie like this, that's just about all that one could ask for.

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