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Blow Dry (2001)

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In 2000, a small town hosts The British Hairdressing Championship, where a former 2-time winner, his son, his run-away wife and his runaway wife's lady lover reside (not all on speaking terms).

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Phil Allen
... Shelley Allen
... Sandra
... Christina Robertson
... Brian Allen
... Ray (Raymond) Robertson
... Tony
... Daisy
... Louis
... Jasmine
... Vincent
... Robert
... Noah
... Saul
Ann Rye ... Margaret, Farmer's Wife (as Anne Rye)
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The annual British Hairdressing Championship comes to Keighley, a town where Phil and son Brian run a barbershop, and where Phil's ex-wife Shelly and her lover Sandra run a beauty salon, yet Phil and Shelly haven't talked in the ten years since she bolted. Shelley's just found out her cancer is terminal, and Ray Roberts, the reigning underhanded hairdressing champion, blows into town taunting Phil for retreating from competitive styling into barbering. Roberts also brings his daughter, Christina, who remembers Brian from when she was a little kid (as does he her). Everything's set: Brian decides to enter the competition with his mom and Sandra. Will Phil join in? Ray wants to win at any costs. Will Christina go along? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An outrageous new comedy for anyone who's ever had hair. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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30 March 2001 (UK)  »

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Coup de peigne  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$240,166, 11 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$637,769, 8 April 2001
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Josh Hartnett was attracted to the project because it was the chance to do something he'd never tackled before. He found the Yorkshire accent particularly challenging. See more »

Goofs

When Tony is first being shown the flip board (bought from Leeds Train Station) that lists all of the salons, The Cut Above is listed among the other salons, even though they had not even registered to compete at that point. See more »

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Phil Allen: Nobody gets to cut my hair.
Shelley Allen: I used to.
Phil Allen: Yeah, but I learnt out lesson, didn't I?
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References Viva Las Vegas (1964) See more »

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Here Come The Good Times
Written by David Couse
Published by Chrysalis Music Limited
Performed by A House
(p) 1994 Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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Make sure your hairdresser hasn't seen this film before you make your appointment!
2 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

A welcome break from the usual gratuitous violence of the average modern film, this is a colourful fantasy with some excellent performances from British stalwarts. The wonderful Alan Rickman plays Phil, the deserted and disappointed husband of Shelley, played poignantly by Natasha Richardson. Phil owns a small barber's shop in the Yorkshire town of Keighley, but in the past he has been a champion in UK hairdressing. However, life's traumas have reduced him to giving up any thought of ambitions on the public hairdressing stage. When former rival hairdresser Raymond, (Bill Nighy) arrives in Phil's home town for the national hairdressing championships the scene is set for a dramatic confrontation and by the end of the competition many people's lives have altered. Warren Clarke gives a bravura performance as the town's mayor, who gradually metamorphoses from a boring local official to an ever more ebullient show host. The requisite romance is provided with a touch of the Romeo-and-Juliets. This will probably be considered a `woman's film' but every hairdresser in Britain of either sex will want to see it. Overall, although the progression of the plot is fairly predictable, if you can leave your critical faculties at home for the evening it could be an enjoyable fairy story.


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