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

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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

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24 November 1993 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,832,232 (UK) (4 February 1994)

Gross:

£20,942,924 (UK) (15 July 1994)
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Trivia

The actor playing the bartender in the pool scene is credited as Dr. Toad but his real name is Robert Williams--the half brother of Robin Williams. See more »

Goofs

Stunt double when Mrs Doubtfire's chest is on fire. See more »

Quotes

Lou: You can't put words in Pudgy's mouth if his mouth isn't moving!
Daniel: Well, it's voiceover. It's an interior monologue. Maybe even the voice of God, that's even better.
[as God]
Daniel: No, Pudgy, don't smoke!
Lou: Actors.
Daniel: What? Well, let's ask the technicians. Do you think its morally right to promote smoking to the youth of America?
[the three technicians are smoking. One man shrugs]
Daniel: They're biased. That's a mistrial.
Lou: Daniel, listen to me. This session is costing the studio thousands of dollars. Now if you want a...
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Referenced in Hot in Cleveland: Don Elka (2014) See more »

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Stormy Monday Blues
Written by T-Bone Walker
Performed by B.B. King and Albert Collins
Courtesy of MCA Records
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funny and wonderful movie!
30 November 2004 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Many people say that "Mrs.Doubtfire" is one of the funniest movies ever made in the U.S. I agree with the above idea for the following two reasons. First,performance of the voice of Robin Williams is very wonderful.For example, he uses a lot of funny ad lib in the stand-in of animation in the first scene. Second, Robin Williams and Sally Field as well as the three children act very delightfully though the movie deals with a rather serious theme---warmth and importance of family. Some people say Sally Field doesn't act well in this movie. But, I think that she acts a role of a wife whom is worried about her husband excelentlly. We feel big love of both father and mother toward children. It is not only a real funny comedy but also a real wonderful family movie.


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