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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Thriller | 23 July 1999 (USA)
A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

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Michelle Johnson (as Laurie Sinclair)
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Storyline

In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps. Explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family in town the police are pretty relaxed about it all. Despite everything, main rival (but nice) Amber Atkins won't be stopped. There could well be more death and disappointment to come. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The battle between the good and the bad is bound to get ugly.


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Rated PG-13 for irreverent and crude humor, sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

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23 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Dairy Queens  »

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Box Office

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,986,269, 25 July 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,561,238, 12 September 1999
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Trivia

The town of Mount Rose is fictional and is a anagram of Rosemount, where screenwriter Lona Williams graduated from high school. However, all the other Minnesota cities mentioned in the film (such as Burnsville, Forest Lake and Pine City) are real cities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. See more »

Goofs

When Becky visits Mary at the hospital, Amber is combing her hair and a chunk falls out. Amber places the chunk back on Mary's crown. When Becky enters, Mary is suddenly wearing a tiara and the chunk of hair is hanging in front of her nightgown. There wouldn't have been time for Amber to have picked up the tiara from the dresser and fixed her hair. See more »

Quotes

Iris Clark: Amber, I'm sorry, I really am, but you know the rules. All talent costumes have to be OK'd by Gladys before the pageant.
Amber Atkins: But doesn't someone taking your costume so you can't complete overrule that rule?
Iris Clark: Amber, I'm sorry, I don't make up the rules.
Amber Atkins: Oh! This... This is bullshit!
Iris Clark: Amber Atkins, that is not American Teen Princess language!
Amber Atkins: Good, cos this isn't an American Teen Princess Pageant! This is... This is... This is Nazi Germany!
[she storms off]
Iris Clark: [to the camera] Where do they get this stuff?
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Crazy Credits

(referencing Hank's request to be freed from the car door) It is the policy of the documentary crew to remain true observers and not interfere with its subjects. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tru Calling: Drop Dead Gorgeous (2004) See more »

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Conga
Written by Enrique Garcia
Performed by The Miami Sound Machine
Courtesy of Epic Records
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A great Movie
20 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

I really found Drop Dead Gorgeous great!! I've seen it on TV and I found it really hilarious. Humour is very dark and second degree, mocking as much beauty pageants and deep America and the decision ways in small towns as well as the fake values so often praised by mainstream television. Several scenes are incredibly funny (but cannot be described here in order to avoid spoilers).

The cast is great (and includes the marvelous Denise Richards as well as a bunch of Young great actresses)and the scenario follows its dark humor to the end of the movie.

Definitively a movie to watch, especially if you are open minded and like deep irony and subtle but strong messages.


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