Dr. Frank Sangster is a straight-laced dentist who because of one innocent lie, finds his tidy, prosperous life transformed into a comic quagmire of illicit sex, illegal drugs and inexplicable murder in this brilliantly offbeat, bitingly comedic film!Written by
The second time Steve Martin plays a dentist. The first time was his role in Little Shop of Horrors (1986), as Orin Scrivello, albeit that character was far more "disturbed" than Frank Sangster. See more »
When Frank enters the bathroom for the first time, you can see the reflection of a cameraman in the shower door. See more »
[Pulling his own teeth to fake his death]
Strange as it may seem, it didn't hurt like I thought it would. In fact, with each tooth I pulled, I felt a little better... a little less trapped... a little more free. Until I felt so free that what I had to do didn't seem so bad at all.
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Opening credits are shown over X Ray images of people. See more »
The Blue Danube
by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
Performed by CSR Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos of America by arrangement with Source/Q See more »
Comedy or suspense film? Hard to tell...
This was a good movie, but there were several plot holes you could drive a truck through. I found myself saying "No one would really do that" over and over again. It seemed as though the director wanted to do a straight suspense film, and Steve Martin wanted to do a screwball comedy, and in the end, it's neither one. The characters are well played, and Helena Bonham Carter did an especially good job with a big departure from her previous roles as refined British noble women. At times, the actors got very close to being caricatures instead of characters. All in all, an enjoyable film if you aren't expecting the quality of "The Spanish Prisoner", which I think is still Steve Martin's best film ever.
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