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Novocaine (2001)

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A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him & steals all of the drugs from his practice.

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David Atkins

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chelcie Ross ... Mike
Steve Martin ... Frank Sangster
Laura Dern ... Jean Noble
Lynne Thigpen ... Pat
Polly Noonan Polly Noonan ... Sally
Helena Bonham Carter ... Susan
JoBe Cerny JoBe Cerny ... Pharmacist Wayne Ponze
Elias Koteas ... Harlan Sangster
Yasen Peyankov ... 'Sunshine Lounge' Bartender
Scott Caan ... Duane
Teri Cotruzzola Teri Cotruzzola ... Attractive Complaining Patient
Lucina Paquet Lucina Paquet ... Mrs. Langston
Preston Maybank Preston Maybank ... Gelding
Sally Kao Sally Kao ... Chinese Wife
Quincy Wong Quincy Wong ... Chinese Husband
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Storyline

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 Thomas Nudi

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Crime Is Not Only Done By Criminals. See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Artisan Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Новокаин See more »

Filming Locations:

Cedarburg, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$418,098, 18 November 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,036,682
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Martin and Scott Caan did not get along during filming, due to Caan's reckless behavior toward a stunt person in a scene in which his character smashes a beer bottle over the head of a man in a bar. See more »

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When the DEA agent arrives at Frank's office, he explains he is from the Drug Enforcement Agency, despite the fact that DEA stands for Drug Enforcement Administration. See more »

Quotes

Frank: I trust people, but I'm no dummy. I knew she was scamming me, and I should have thrown her out right then but I didn't. You see, that's the nature of attraction. You find yourself doing things, and you have no idea why, but you do them anyway.
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References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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The Ice Skater
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Strangely intoxicating
21 December 2002 | by Brian B-2See all my reviews

To start with, any movie in which Helena Bonham Carter gets naked is a good thing.

This is a weird weird movie, but good pacing and casting saves it. A more disciplined director could have turned it into a cult classic.

Steve Martin is convincing in a challenging part. He is a fine actor.He brings just enough comedy so the movie doesn't descend into the land that light forgot. This edge gives the film strange believability.

Laura Dern is also exquisite walking a fine line to achieve a balance between farce and drama. Her character, blondness and 'hard body' look contrasted effectively with HBC's petite, auburn wickedness.

At the end, I wanted to watch it again to appreciate the fine points I missed the first time through.

I would describe it as a darker " The Whole Nine Yards".


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