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Novocaine (2001)

A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him & steals all of the drugs from his practice.

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Pat
Polly Noonan ...
Sally
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JoBe Cerny ...
Pharmacist Wayne Ponze
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Harlan Sangster
Yasen Peyankov ...
'Sunshine Lounge' Bartender
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Duane
Teri Cotruzzola ...
Attractive Complaining Patient
Lucina Paquet ...
Mrs. Langston
Preston Maybank ...
Gelding
Sally Kao ...
Chinese Wife
Quincy Wong ...
Chinese Husband
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Storyline

Dr. Frank Sangster is a straight-laced dentist who because of one innocent lie, finds his tidy, prosperous life transformed into a comic quagmire of illicit sex, illegal drugs and inexplicable murder in this brilliantly offbeat, bitingly comedic film! Written by Thomas Nudi

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Getting to the root of the problem is like pulling teeth. See more »


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Rated R for violence, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

Новокаин  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$418,098, 18 November 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,036,682
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Trivia

Steve Martin and Scott Caan did not get along during filming, due to Caan's reckless behavior toward a stunt person in a scene in which his character smashes a beer bottle over the head of a man in a bar. See more »

Goofs

A real pharmacist would have phoned the doctor to verify the drug and amount before filling the prescription. See more »

Quotes

Frank: [Discovering he's been framed for his brother's murder] Suddenly, there I was... seeing it all for the first time. Oh, she'd set me up, all right. Not just for Duane's murder. She'd gotten me for Harlan's too. My teeth marks were all over the body.
Frank: [Trying to figure out what to do, he notices a bottle of Novocaine] Then I saw the solution. It was right there in front of me. Frank Sangster had to die... and his whole, perfect world along with him.
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Crazy Credits

The caption 'The End' just before the end credits is displayed in French ('Fin') instead of English. See more »

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References The Hard Way (1991) See more »

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Le Monde de Frank Sangster
Written by Pierre Begon-Lours, Stéphane Luginbühl, Patrick Woodcock and David Atkins
Performed by Mellow
Published by Music of V2 America, Inc./Mellow Workshop (Administered
by BMG Songs, Inc.) and On The Way Music
Courtesy of CyberOctave Music, a division of Higher Octave Music, Inc.
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Laura Dern gave us a real surprise at the end.

Whatever Steve Martin is in is probably going to be good, and this one was. It was a slow starter but it finally got off to a fast moving film. Steve, the dentist, was taken in by a drug user and when he gave her a prescription for 5 pills, he learned that she had added a "O" to his figure and made it 50. Once he started lying, he had to keep on lying to cover up the other lies. He was apparently an innocent victim and didn't know it for a long time. There was one murder of the addicts brother, and another murder of Steve's brother. He finally figured out the one person who could get all the information together and and set him up to be convicted. When he pulled his own teeth and replaced them in another false set, we could really see the sense of it all. The end was the greatest surprise of all.


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