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Novocaine (2001)

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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Pat
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JoBe Cerny ...
Pharmacist Wayne Ponze
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Harlan Sangster
Yasen Peyankov ...
'Sunshine Lounge' Bartender
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Duane
Teri Cotruzzola ...
Attractive Complaining Patient
Lucina Paquet ...
Mrs. Langston
Preston Maybank ...
Gelding
Sally Kao ...
Chinese Wife
Quincy Wong ...
Chinese Husband
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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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Rated R for violence, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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14 December 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$418,098 (USA) (18 November 2001)

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$2,036,682 (USA)
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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: What's the drift? You roll into town. You line up a few dentists or do you hit doctors too?
Susan Ivey: Dentists are easier. They're dumber. No offense.
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Crazy Credits

Remote recording by Guy Charbonneau and crew. See more »

Connections

References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Ménilmontant
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
Published by Editions Raoul Breton
Courtesy of Arkadia Chansons
By Arrangement with Bacon Soundtrack Services
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Impressed with Steve Martin all over again.
22 August 2001 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Steve Martin has great taste and gets some of the best stories in the industry. I don't think he's made a bad movie and this one is stellar. Novocaine is a little along the lines of Spanish Prisoner and reminds me of Memento. The plot was complex, the acting superb, it was well crafted, surprising, and even funny. When it started out I couldn't help but squirm in my chair due to the horrible decisions the dentist was making. Nevertheless, let me assure you that in the end we all went away feeling fully entertained and pleased. The crowd at the advance screening loved it as well. I continue to be impressed with Steve Martin. How many actors or artists can you honestly say that about? What a great show!


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