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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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Getting to the root of the problem is like pulling teeth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

On all drug vials in the movie, "pharmaceuticals" is misspelled "pharmacueticals." See more »

Quotes

Frank: You were supposed to show up here at 7:30 in the morning.
Susan: Ah, in the morning, I thought you meant 7:30 at night.
Frank: I'm not giving you anymore prescriptions, so you can just leave.
Susan: I came here to get my tooth fixed. Now are you going to do that, or not?
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the Atkins family, the Mones family and the Rosenberg family. See more »

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References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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Happy Clown
Written by Henrick Nielsen
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Expectations....
10 December 2002 | by mrbrown19See all my reviews

First of all, do NOT set preconceived notions about how Steve Martin does comedy only. Actors are "actors" and one shouldn't forget that they play character roles. I.e. People like Tom Hanks and Jim Carrey doing dramatic stuff from a comedic background. Novocaine set up a metaphorical analysis of a life crisis through the eyes of a dedicated dentist. Imagine if all you ever thought about were teeth and the only way you could describe things in life were in relation to teeth ("Lies are like a tooth decay..."). Steve Martin was at one time considered to play the lead role in Eyes Wide Shut because Kubrick loved the way he acted. And let's not forget his background as a previous dentist in Little Shop of Horrors (tangent, but relative in a way). There were parts of the movie that sort of dragged, when you felt like "Oh now this is going on...now what..." But overall I felt that in this pseudo Twilight Zone movie, it had remnants of classical suspense movies where critical situations were totally embellished and overanalyzed (something to the extent of Body Snatchers - 1956). Therefore, if you want something in a dark comedic tone and want to venture into a new realm of Steve Martin, then take a shot of Novocaine (ha ha..no pun intended).


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