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Novocaine (2001)

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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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David Atkins

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Paul Felopulos (story), David Atkins (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chelcie Ross ... Mike
Steve Martin ... Frank Sangster
Laura Dern ... Jean Noble
Lynne Thigpen ... Pat
Polly Noonan Polly Noonan ... Sally
Helena Bonham Carter ... Susan
JoBe Cerny JoBe Cerny ... Pharmacist Wayne Ponze
Elias Koteas ... Harlan Sangster
Yasen Peyankov ... 'Sunshine Lounge' Bartender
Scott Caan ... Duane
Teri Cotruzzola Teri Cotruzzola ... Attractive Complaining Patient
Lucina Paquet Lucina Paquet ... Mrs. Langston
Preston Maybank Preston Maybank ... Gelding
Sally Kao Sally Kao ... Chinese Wife
Quincy Wong 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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Crime Is Not Only Done By Criminals. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Artisan Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Новокаин See more »

Filming Locations:

Cedarburg, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$418,098, 18 November 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,036,682
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The second time Steve Martin plays a dentist. The first time was his role in Little Shop of Horrors (1986), as Orin Scrivello, albeit that character was far more "disturbed" than Frank Sangster. See more »

Goofs

When Frank enters the bathroom for the first time, you can see the reflection of a cameraman in the shower door. 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

Remote recording by Guy Charbonneau and crew. See more »

Connections

References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Make It with You
Written by David Gates (as David A. Gates)
Performed by Bread
Published by Sony/ATV Tunes
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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As the title says - not painful, just numb
6 May 2002 | by dmoser1See all my reviews

Fine cast, but they couldn't do much with this flat script from writer and first-time director David Atkins. It *seemed* like it should be good, but in the end (as a political pundit once said) there was just no "there" there.

If you get the DVD, watch the "making of" segment for Steve Martin's remark on why he signed on to the film. His deadpan explanation (He had enjoyed working with David Mamet once in the past, heard that Novocaine was directed by someone named David, so he figured he should do it...) is somehow funnier than the rest of the DVD.


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