MADAME DOUBTFIRE

by maha rabi

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MADAME DOUBTFIRE

by maha rabi

Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It was written for the screen by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne FineRobin Williams, who also served as a co-producer, stars with Sally FieldPierce BrosnanHarvey Fierstein, and Robert Prosky. It follows a recently divorced actor who dresses up as a female housekeeper to be able to interact with his children. The film addresses themes of divorce, separation, and the effect they have on a family.

The film was released in the United States on November 24, 1993. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Robin Williams was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

It grossed $441.3 million on a $25 million budget, becoming the second-highest-grossing film of 1993 worldwide. Though the film received mixed reviews, it was placed 67th in the American Film Institute‘s “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs” list and 40th on Bravo‘s “100 Funniest Movies of All Time.” The original music score was composed by Howard Shore.

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Synopsis

Daniel and Miranda Hillard are separated and Miranda, a successful businesswoman, severely limits the amount of time Daniel, an impractical, out-of-work actor, is allowed to spend with their three children Lydia, Christopher and Natalie.

When Miranda decides to hire a nanny, however, Daniel disguises himself as a woman and gets the job. The two eldest children immediately know who “Madame Doubtfire” is, but the youngest and Miranda are fooled. Daniel uses his disguise to spend time with his children. Miranda comments that the house has never been run better.

After Miranda discovers Daniel’s secret — and after one more terrible fight — both parents admit to mistakes and make arrangements for Daniel to see his children more often.

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Film adaptation

The feature film adaptation was produced by 20th Century Fox (with a budget of $25 million) and was released on November 24, 1993. The adaptation was directed by Chris Columbus, and written by Randi Mayem Singer and Leslie DixonRobin Williams played the eponymous character, and Sally Field played his wife Miranda.

In the film, his disguise is so well done that no one in his family recognises him at first, the nanny and Miranda get very close. Greg CannomVe Neill, and Yolanda Toussieng received the Academy Award for Best Makeup for creating Mrs. Doubtfire. Grossing $441.3 million worldwide, it became the second-highest-grossing film of 1993, behind only Jurassic Park.

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PLOT

Although Daniel Hillard, a freelance voice actor, is a devoted father to his three children, Lydia, Chris, and Natalie, his estranged wife Miranda considers him unreliable. Daniel quits his job after a disagreement over a questionable script and returns home to throw a chaotic birthday party for Chris despite Miranda’s objections. This proves to be the final straw for Miranda, who files for divorce. The court grants sole custody of the children to Miranda; shared custody is contingent on whether Daniel finds a steady job and a suitable residence within three months.

As Daniel works to rebuild his life, securing himself an apartment and a new job at a TV station, he learns that Miranda is seeking a housekeeper. He secretly alters her classified ad form, effectively barring any communication between Miranda and potential candidates for the position. Utilizing his voice acting skills, he calls Miranda while posing as a series of undesirable applicants. He finally calls Miranda as “Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire”, a Scottish-accented nanny with strong credentials. Miranda is impressed and invites her for an interview. Daniel asks his brother Frank, a makeup artist, and Frank’s partner, Jack, to create a Mrs. Doubtfire costume, including a prosthetic mask to make him appear as an older woman.

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PLOT CONTINUES….

Miranda hires Mrs. Doubtfire after a successful interview. The children initially struggle under Mrs. Doubtfire’s authority but soon come around and thrive, and further, Miranda learns to become closer with her children. Daniel learns several household skills as part of the role, further improving himself. However, this creates another barrier for him to see his children, as Miranda has put more trust into Mrs. Doubtfire than him, and she cannot bring herself to dismiss her. One night, Lydia and Chris inadvertently discover that Mrs. Doubtfire is actually Daniel. Thrilled to have their father back, they agree to keep his secret.

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PLOT CONTIUES…

While working one day, Daniel is seen by the station’s CEO Jonathan Lundy playing with toy dinosaurs on the set of a cancelled children’s show. Impressed by his voice acting and imagination, Lundy invites Daniel for a dinner to discuss giving him his own children’s show to host. Daniel discovers this is to be on the same place and time as a planned birthday dinner for Miranda by her new boyfriend Stuart Dunmeyer, which Mrs. Doubtfire is expected to attend. Unable to change either appointment, Daniel changes in and out of the Mrs. Doubtfire costume to attend both events, consuming several alcoholic drinks in the process. Daniel eventually becomes drunk and slips up when he accidentally returns to Lundy in his costume, but he quickly claims that the character “Mrs. Doubtfire” is his idea for the show. After overhearing that Stu is allergic to pepper, Daniel sneaks into the kitchen and seasons Stu’s order of jambalaya with powdered cayenne pepper. Stu chokes on his dinner, and Daniel, feeling guilty, gives him the Heimlich maneuver as Mrs. Doubtfire. The action causes the prosthetic mask to partially peel off Daniel’s face, revealing his identity and horrifying Miranda who storms out of the restaurant with the kids.

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PLOT CONTIUES…

While working one day, Daniel is seen by the station’s CEO Jonathan Lundy playing with toy dinosaurs on the set of a cancelled children’s show. Impressed by his voice acting and imagination, Lundy invites Daniel for a dinner to discuss giving him his own children’s show to host. Daniel discovers this is to be on the same place and time as a planned birthday dinner for Miranda by her new boyfriend Stuart Dunmeyer, which Mrs. Doubtfire is expected to attend. Unable to change either appointment, Daniel changes in and out of the Mrs. Doubtfire costume to attend both events, consuming several alcoholic drinks in the process. Daniel eventually becomes drunk and slips up when he accidentally returns to Lundy in his costume, but he quickly claims that the character “Mrs. Doubtfire” is his idea for the show. After overhearing that Stu is allergic to pepper, Daniel sneaks into the kitchen and seasons Stu’s order of jambalaya with powdered cayenne pepper. Stu chokes on his dinner, and Daniel, feeling guilty, gives him the Heimlich maneuver as Mrs. Doubtfire. The action causes the prosthetic mask to partially peel off Daniel’s face, revealing his identity and horrifying Miranda who storms out of the restaurant with the kids.

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