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When an irresponsible and child-like dad is barred from seeing his kids he disguises himself as a woman and applies for the job of housekeeper for his ex-wife. The disguise of a sturdy matron works a beneficial change on him as well -- but how long can he keep this up? Academy Awards: Best Makeup.
Chris Columbus - American screenwriter/director
Matthew Lawrence - American actor
Harvey Fierstein - Playwright/Actor/Screenwriter
Mara Wilson - Child Actress
Robert Prosky - American Character Actor
Sally Field - Oscar-winning actress, NORMA RAE, PLACES IN THE HEART
Pierce Brosnan - Irish actor, Remington Steele/the 5th James Bond
Robin Williams - American actor/comedian
Ray D. Tutto - American actor/comedian
Marty Fromage - American actor/comedian
An unemployed actor loses custody of his children after his wife leaves him. Desperate to spend more time with the kids, the crafty thespian decides to dress up as a 60-year-old British woman and interview with his ex-wife for a nanny position. He lands the job, but he'll have to give the performance of his life to keep it.
FoxVideo laserdisc #8607-85 is a Widescreen Collector's Edition of the film. This THX laserdisc includes interviews with cast and crew members, footage cut from the theatrical release, makeup tests, original theatrical trailers, production stills, an alternate audio track commentary, among other supplementary materials. Shot in Panavision. Color by DeLuxe. Title design by Nina Saxon; titles by Pacific Title. Body suits for "Mrs. Doubtfire" were made by Linda Benavente Notaro. Animal action supervised by The American Humane Association. Soundtrack available on Fox Records. Special thanks went to San Francisco Film and Video Arts Commission; the City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Police Department. Post-production sound services by Skywalker Sound; services by The Film Unit & The Post Group; edited on The Lightworks. Bryndon Hasman was Robin Williams' opera coach and Elena Servi was his Italian diction coach. Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification. Copyright 1993 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Available to buy in the UK.
"...A potent, pantomimic and hugely hilarious family fantasy..." - 02/01/1994 Sight and Sound, p.58-9
"...Nothing holds [Williams] back when he's on a roll..." - 11/24/1993 New York Times, p.C11
"...Williams is hilarious..." -- Rating: B - 02/11/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.39