The Secret Lives of Dentists

The Secret Lives of Dentists is a 2002 drama film directed by Alan Rudolph. The screenplay was written by Craig Lucas, based on the novella The Age of Grief by Jane Smiley. It was screened at several film festivals, including Sundance and Cannes, and had a limited release in the United States on August 1, 2003.

The Secret Lives of Dentists
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlan Rudolph
Screenplay byCraig Lucas
Based onThe Age of Grief
by Jane Smiley
StarringCampbell Scott
Hope Davis
Denis Leary
Release date
  • September 9, 2002 (2002-09-09) (Toronto International Film Festival)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3,707,201 (USA)


David (Campbell Scott) and Dana Hurst (Hope Davis) are dentists who are married with three daughters and share a dental practice in Westchester County, New York. Dana is in the chorus of a community opera production, and when David goes backstage to give her a good luck charm, he sees her in the arms of another man. As he contemplates how to handle this, he begins having imaginary conversations with a difficult former patient (Denis Leary). When the whole family gets the flu, everything is brought to a head.



List of wins and nominationsEdit

Year Group Award Won? Notes
2004 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female, Hope Davis No
2003 NYFCC Award Best Actress, Hope Davis Yes Also for American Splendor
Best Screenplay, Craig Lucas Yes

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