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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  24 November 1993 (USA)
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After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Capurro ...
Sydney Walker ...
Joe Bellan ...
TV Boss
Justin Gregory
Female Employee #1


Daniel Hillard is an eccentric actor who specializes in dubbing voices for cartoon characters. Daniel is a kind man and a loving father to his three kids Lydia, Chris, and Natalie, but Daniel's wife Miranda sees him as a poor disciplinarian, and a bad role model. After Daniel throws an elaborate and disastrous birthday party for Chris, Miranda reaches the end of her limited patience, and files for a divorce. Daniel is heartbroken when Miranda is given custody of the kids and he's only allowed to visit them once a week. Determined to stay in contact with his kids, Daniel discovers that Miranda is looking for a housekeeper, and with help from his brother Frank, a makeup artist, Daniel gets the job, disguised as Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire, a Scottish nanny. Daniel pulls off the ruse so well that neither Miranda nor his children recognize him, and in the process, he learns some parenting tips. Daniel also has to deal with Miranda's new boyfriend, a jerk named Stu Dunmeyer. Written by Todd Baldridge

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Plot Keywords:

party | actor | makeup | nanny | custody | See All (121) »


She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She's a blessing... in disguise. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Papá por siempre  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,832,232 (UK) (4 February 1994)


£20,942,924 (UK) (15 July 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the makeup attempts winds up looking more like an old Jewish man. Robin Williams improvs on this for a moment, then Williams, Harvey Fierstein, and Scott Capurro sing the chorus of "Matchmaker, Matchmaker", from 'Fiddler On The Roof'. Fierstein has starred in 'Fiddler' in two different Broadway revivals. See more »


When Mrs. Doubtfire and Miranda are unloading a paper bag of groceries, Mrs. Doubtfire pulls out a small bag of tomatoes. In the next shot, she pulls out the same bag of vegetables and carries them to the refrigerator to place into the crisper. See more »


Daniel: Did you ever wish you could sometimes freeze frame a moment in your day, look at it and say "this is not my life"?
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Xtro (2013) See more »


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Funny And Heartfelt
19 January 2000 | by (california) – See all my reviews

"Mrs. Doubtfire" is an extremely funny and heartfelt film. It has tons of laughs as well as tears, this is definitly Robin Williams' best film. Watching williams do voices as well as play Mrs. Doubtfire is a real treat. Also the supporting cast of actors do an excellent job, I highly reccomend it.

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