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The Beautician and the Beast (1997)

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A New York City cosmetologist, mistakenly thought to be a science teacher, is offered a job to teach the children of an Eastern European dictator.

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Ken Kwapis

Writer:

Todd Graff
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fran Drescher ... Joy Miller
Timothy Dalton ... Boris Pochenko
Ian McNeice ... Ira Grushinsky
Patrick Malahide ... Leonid Kleist
Lisa Jakub ... Katrina Pochenko
Michael Lerner ... Jerry Miller
Phyllis Newman ... Judy Miller
Heather DeLoach ... Masha Pochenko
Adam LaVorgna ... Karl Pochenko
Kyle Wilkerson Kyle Wilkerson ... Yuri Pochenko
Tyler Wilkerson Tyler Wilkerson ... Yuri Pochenko
Timothy Dowling ... Alek
Michael Immel ... Stage Manager
Tonya Watts ... Model
Tamara Mello ... Consuela
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Storyline

A beautician in America is mistakenly thought to be an academic teacher by a representative of an Eastern European dictator. She is invited to their country on that mistaken belief and is asked to be the tutor of the dictator's children. While there, she tries to Westernize the whole country. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beautician and the Beast See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,080,222, 9 February 1997

Gross USA:

$11,486,880

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,486,880
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

President Pochenko (Timothy Dalton) and Joy Miller (Fran Drescher) enter the factory, it starts playing L'internationale, the Communist Party hymn, and hymn of the U.S.S.R., until 1944. See more »

Goofs

When Joy returns home, enters through the front door and closes it, she only latches the chain. However, when her mother shortly thereafter opens the front door she has to first unlock all of the deadbolts. See more »

Quotes

Joy Miller: Oh honey, talk to the hand, the ears ain't listening!
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Connections

Version of The King and I (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Hug My Soul
by Sarah Cracknell, Jonathan Male & Guy Batson
Performed by Saint Etienne
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products and Courtesy of SINE/Creation Records/Heavenly Recordings
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An adorable romantic comedy
2 February 2001 | by Medley422See all my reviews

This is such an adorable movie. Fran Drescher absolutely blew me away, I had no idea she was so talented -- in this movie she absolutely shines!! Her character "Joy Miller" is the Nanny all over again...but this time she has been hired (mistakenly) to teach the four children of a eastern-European dictator. She has amazing comic timing and plays well of off co-star Timothy Dalton, who is a wonderful President of Slovetzia, the tiny (made-up) country that most of the movie takes place in. He is at once a pompous and loveable character...his transformation from Beast to Man is a delight to watch. The plot is a mixture of "The Sound of Music," "The King and I," "Beauty and the Beast," and a kind of twisted Cinderella...but it all meshes together for an endearing (though very predictable) movie. A change from Tim Dalton's usual dramatic/spy movie genre...who knew he could be so funny? But he is, and the movie is adorable and I would highly recommend this if your a fan of Fran Drescher, Tim Dalton or romantic comedies in general!!


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