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|Directed by||Chris Columbus|
|Produced by||Marsha Garces Williams
|Screenplay by||Randi Mayem Singer
|Based on||Alias Madame Doubtfire
by Anne Fine
|Music by||Howard Shore|
|Editing by||Raja Gosnell|
|Studio||Blue Wolf Productions|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Running time||125 minutes|
Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy film starring Robin Williams and Sally Field and based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. It was directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup. The film was placed 67th in the American Film Institute's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, a list of the 100 funniest movies of the 20th century, and was also rated No. 40 on Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies of All Time. The original music score was composed by Howard Shore.
Daniel Hillard is a voice actor living in California. He is a good father to his three children Lydia, Chris, and Natalie. However, Daniel is not a very responsible husband, and when he throws a rousing birthday party for Chris, his wife Miranda takes it a sign Daniel is too immature and seeks a divorce. At their first custody hearing, the judge grants Miranda custody of the children, since Daniel has neither residence nor job.
Daniel soon learns that Miranda intends to hire a housekeeper to care of the children. Seeing this as a chance to spend more time with his kids; surreptitiously alters her classifieds form. Daniel calls Miranda several times, using his voice acting to trick her into thinking that many lousy job applicants are calling. He then calls her as an elderly British nanny, who he dubs "Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire". Impressed with her alleged qualifications, Miranda invites "Mrs. Doubtfire" for an interview. Daniel enlists his brother Frank, a makeup artist, and Frank's partner Jack to transform him into the character.
After being further impressed by the interview, Miranda hires Mrs. Doubtfire. The children initially struggle to adjust to Mrs. Doubtfire's strict methods, while Miranda quickly befriends "her". Daniel,who had to learn several skills, improves himself and his apartment as well. One day Chris and Lydia learn that Mrs. Doubtfire is their dad in disguise, but Daniel tells them that he wears the costume so he can see his children every day. Glad that he is back with them, both agree to keep it secret from Miranda and Natalie.
Daniel also has a job at a TV station. CEO Jonathan Lundy sees Daniel clowning around with toy dinosaurs on the set of an outdated children's program that is on the cusp of cancellation. Impressed with Daniel's ingenuity, Lundy invites him to dinner in order for Daniel to pitch ideas as the new host. Miranda, meanwhile, invites Mrs. Doubtfire to a birthday dinner arranged by romantic interest Stuart Dunmire scheduled at the same time and place. Unable to reschedule either appointment, Daniel goes to the restaurant and tries to rotate between both dinners, changing in and out of the Mrs. Doubtfire costume in the restroom. He consumes several alcoholic beverages between the two tables and becomes tipsy. He forgets to change out of the Mrs. Doubtfire costume before returning to Lundy's table and dumps pepper (an ingredient Stuart is allergic to) on Stuart's order. When Lundy questions the costume, Daniel covers for his mistake by explaining that his alter ego is his idea for a new television persona. Impressed, Lundy agrees that is a good character. At Miranda's table, Stuart starts choking on the pepper. Out of regret, Daniel, still in the Mrs. Doubtfire costume, administers the Heimlich maneuver on Stuart. During the struggle, Daniel's mask peels off, revealing his identity. Miranda storms out of the restaurant with the children.
At their next custody hearing, despite Daniel demonstrating he has a job and a suitable home, the judge is disturbed by Daniel's unorthodox behavior, and grants Miranda full custody of the children, with Daniel limited to supervised visitation once a week. Without Mrs. Doubtfire, the children again are withdrawn and depressed, and Miranda admits that their lives were so much better with "her". However, they are delighted when they see Daniel dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire hosting his own television program, "Euphegenia's House", which becomes a hit and looks like it will be aired on networks throughout American cities. Miranda pays a visit to Daniel after he wraps up one episode. Congratulating him on his success, she admits the kids were happier with him involved and is making efforts to appeal the custody ruling. Later the kids are greeted by Daniel, now undisguised and without supervision, who takes them out for the day. Miranda watches a Euphegenia's House episode where Mrs. Doubtfire answers a letter from a little girl whose parents are divorcing, which is answered by saying no matter what living arrangements families have; love will prevail.
- Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire
- Sally Field as Miranda Hillard
- Lisa Jakub as Lydia Hillard
- Matthew Lawrence as Christopher Hillard
- Mara Wilson as Natalie Hillard
- Pierce Brosnan as Stuart "Stu" Dunmire
- Harvey Fierstein as "Uncle Frank" Hillard
- Scott Capurro as "Aunt Jack" Hillard
- Robert Prosky as Jonathan Lundy
- Polly Holliday as Gloria Chaney
- Anne Haney as Mrs. Sellner
- Martin Mull as Justin Gregory
- Todd Williams as Todd the Bartender
Chicago was the studio's first choice for filming. However, two new television shows (ER and Chicago Hope) had a lease with the city around the same time period, and the production team eventually went with San Francisco. Various locations in San Francisco were used for filming. Parts were shot at the studios of television station KTVU in Oakland. The street signs for the intersection near the "Painted Lady" home, Steiner and Broadway, were visible on-screen. The exact address, 2640 Steiner Street , became a tourist attraction for some time after the film's release. Though the film's home exteriors were impressive, its interiors were all shot in a warehouse in the Bay area that was turned into a soundstage. Robin Williams' divorced father character 'Daniel' lived upstairs from Danilo Bakery at 516 Green St., and his children attended a school at Filbert and Taylor.
The score was composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Howard Shore. The song Robin Williams sings at the cartoon voiceover in the beginning is "Largo al factotum". Other songs featured often were chosen referencing the identity of Mrs. Doubtfire. These songs include:
- "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" performed by Aerosmith
- "Walk Like a Man" performed by The Four Seasons
- "Luck Be a Lady" performed by Frank Sinatra
- "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" performed by James Brown
Additionally, these songs were featured:
The film was a huge box office success. It earned $219,195,243 in the United States, along with $222,090,952 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $441,286,195. It became the second highest grossing film of 1993, behind only Jurassic Park.
The movie received mixed to positive reviews. At the time of its release, several critics compared Mrs. Doubtfire unfavorably with Some Like It Hot (1959), and others who viewed the movie favorably noted its similarity to Tootsie (1982).
- 51st Golden Globe Awards
American Film Institute Lists
Writing of a sequel, Mrs. Doubtfire 2, began in 2001 by Bonnie Hunt. Robin Williams was set to return in disguise as an old nanny, similar to the first movie. Due to problems with the script, re-writing began in early 2006 as Robin Williams was allegedly unhappy with the plot. The movie was expected to be released in late 2007, but following further script problems the sequel was declared "scrapped" in mid-2006.
The sequel's story involved Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire moving close to his daughter's college so he could keep an eye on her. In an interview for Newsday, Williams said the movie's sequel was indefinitely scrapped. Stating his reasons, he said, "The script they had just didn't work."
On December 5, 2006, during an interview with BBC Radio 1 by DJ Edith Bowman, Williams said that if it's not going to be done right, then it's not worth doing and that there will not be a sequel with him in it. However, the character might return in some form some day in the future. The interview doesn't seem to have been recorded, but it was posted online almost immediately.
In August 2010, Williams was featured on Alan Carr's Chatty Man, and again brought up the topic of another Mrs. Doubtfire movie. He blamed the script not being right as the reason another movie wasn't shot. He claimed that the script had been written 3 times and failed, and there was no mention of any ongoing work on the project.
In late 2011, a conversation regarding a sequel was discussed yet again during an interview with Williams. He stated yet again that the chances of a sequel are "highly unlikely".
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|Awards and achievements|
|Golden Globe: Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
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