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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

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After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

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Chris Columbus

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Doubtfire
Sally Field ... Miranda Hillard
Pierce Brosnan ... Stu
Harvey Fierstein ... Frank
Polly Holliday ... Gloria
Lisa Jakub ... Lydia Hillard
Matthew Lawrence ... Chris Hillard
Mara Wilson ... Natalie Hillard
Robert Prosky ... Mr. Lundy
Anne Haney ... Mrs. Sellner
Scott Capurro Scott Capurro ... Jack
Sydney Walker Sydney Walker ... Bus Driver
Joe Bellan Joe Bellan ... TV Boss
Martin Mull ... Justin Gregory
Terence McGovern ... ADR Director Lou
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Storyline

Eccentric actor Daniel Hillard is an amusing and caring father. But after a disastrous birthday party for his son, Daniel's wife Miranda draws the line and files a divorce. He can see his three children only once a week which doesn't sit well with him. Daniel also holds a job at a TV studio as a shipping clerk under the recommendation of his liason. But when Miranda puts out an ad for a housekeeper, Daniel takes it upon himself to make a disguise as a Scottish lady named Mrs Doubtfire. And Daniel must also deal with Miranda's new boyfriend Stu Dunemyer. Written by Blazer346

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She's a blessing... in disguise. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Doubtfire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$219,200,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$441,286,195
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Blake Lively was considered for the role of Natalie Hillard, and made it to the final round of auditions between her and Mara Wilson. See more »

Goofs

When Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire is in the kitchen looking in the fridge, the cameraman is reflected in the frying pan that he picks up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daniel: [as Grunge the Cat] Salutations, snack.
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Alternate Versions

When aired on Fox Family, all profanities were cut out, including words like Hell and Damn; however the scene where Daniel imitates Porky Pig and tells Lou to piss off is still intact. See more »


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Wonderful buxom British nanny hilariously captures your heart
11 March 2006 | by roghacheSee all my reviews

For me, this was the funniest movie I ever saw. Not normally a huge fan of comedy, I was just about rolling in the theatre aisles during this gem. Robin Williams is brilliant in his 'dual role' as the rejected husband, Daniel, and the buxom British nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire.

This movie tells the story of a bitter separation, when Miranda insists on a divorce from her immature, goofy husband. Daniel, denied custody and given only limited visitation, concocts a female nanny character for himself in order to gain daily access to his three children. The kids grow to love and depend on their unusual but very concerned and efficient new nanny, Mrs. Doubtfire, who really gets the household running extremely smoothly. Of course meanwhile Miranda has a new love interest named Stu.

Williams' portrayal of Mrs. Doubtfire is hilarious in every way, shape, and form. The wig, stockings, dress, make up...it's all too amusing, watching Daniel transform for the part. Wait till you see Mrs. Doubtfire cooking! The most insanely funny scene is at a restaurant where Daniel / Mrs. Doubtfire must quickly be in two places at the same time, so he / she is forced to alternate between personae at lightning speed, sometimes forgetting which one he / she is at any given moment. I won't give away the plot, but I nigh expired from laughing.

Sally Field charmingly plays Daniel's now separated wife, Miranda, and Pierce Brosnan is suitably unsympathetic as her new love interest, Stu. We cheer for Daniel through his assorted antics as he tries to shoo away this romantic competitor for his ex wife's affections and especially, this new male threatening to usurp his role as father to his kids.

Desite being a comedy, this film does on the serious side reveal the devastating effects of divorce on children's lives and also particularly on the noncustodial parent. Daniel is distraught as he misses seeing his kids every day. Furthermore, the entrance of a new love interest naturally adds to the general strife.

Where did Mrs. Doubtfire get her unusual name? Does she live on or fizzle out at movie's end? Will Daniel and Miranda get back together, or will Stu prevail? I won't divulge any spoilers, but I guarantee you'll fall in love with this lovable large nanny and wish you could have her babysit your own kids. Mrs. Doubtfire will certainly live on in your heart.


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