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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

Writers:

Paul Felopulos (story), David Atkins (story) | 1 more credit »

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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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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

A real pharmacist would have phoned the doctor to verify the drug and amount before filling the prescription. 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 »

Connections

References The Hard Way (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Make It with You
Written by David Gates (as David A. Gates)
Performed by Bread
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

 
Comedy or suspense film? Hard to tell...
24 August 2001 | by nanooksSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Новокаин See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$418,098, 18 November 2001

Gross USA:

$2,036,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,534,372
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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