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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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Paddy Breathnach

Writer:

Simon Beaufoy

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Phil Allen
Natasha Richardson ... Shelley Allen
Rachel Griffiths ... Sandra
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Christina Robertson
Josh Hartnett ... Brian Allen
Bill Nighy ... Ray (Raymond) Robertson
Warren Clarke ... Tony
Rosemary Harris ... Daisy
Hugh Bonneville ... Louis
Heidi Klum ... Jasmine
Peter McDonald ... Vincent
Michael McElhatton ... Robert
David Bradley ... Noah
Ben Crompton ... Saul
Ann Rye Ann Rye ... Margaret, Farmer's Wife (as Anne Rye)
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Storyline

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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Love Is In The Hair See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Coup de peigne See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rachael Leigh Cook turned down the role of Rogue in X-Men (2000) to make this film. She had no interest in working with CGI. See more »

Goofs

Brian says that hair keeps on growing after you die. This is an urban legend that is not true, of which a cadaver barber ought to be well aware. See more »

Quotes

Phil Allen: Your highlights go green if you leave 'em in too long, love.
Sharon: How long's too long?
Phil Allen: 'Bout now.
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Connections

References Viva Las Vegas (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Couldn't Get It Right
Written by Colin Cooper / John Cuffly / Peter Haycock / Derek Holt / Richard Jones
Published by Chrysalis Music Limited
Performed by Climax Blues Band
Courtesy of Chrysalis Copyrights Limited
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Blown Away by Blow Dry
12 March 2005 | by BettieTeeseSee all my reviews

A film about hairdressing championships could be disastrous,but a superb cast of fine British actors saved this film from Stinkville.The storyline is actually not bad,and the rivalry between Phil Allen (Alan Rickman) and Raymond Robertson (Bill Nighy) is humorous and entertaining.While this movie is amusing and light hearted it does focus on sadder issues like broken families,and terminal illness.Australian actress Rachel Griffiths gives a fine performance and perfects a British accent for her role as Sandra,who is romantically involved with Shelley (Natasha Richardson)who lives in fear that the truth about her illness will ruin their relationship.Young stars Josh Hartnett and the very adorable Rachael Leigh Cook are pleasant contributions to the film,with their brother-sister chemistry and secret adoration for one another.Heidi Klum also makes a special appearance,and sports some outrageous hairdos and costumes.Blow Dry was a film that should've,could've and would've been disappointing,but for some reason,wasn't.


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