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Mrs. Doubtfire

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chris Columbus
Written by Anne Fine (novel)
Randi Mayem Singer (screenplay)
Leslie Dixon (screenplay)
(uncredited) Robin Williams
Starring Robin Williams
Sally Field
Lisa Jakub
Matthew Lawrence
Mara Wilson
Pierce Brosnan
Harvey Fierstein
Music by Howard Shore
Cinematography Donald McAlpine, ASC
Editing by Raja Gosnell
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) November 24, 1993
Running time 125 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million

Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams and based on the novel Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. It was directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It won the Academy Award for Best Makeup.[1] The film was placed 67th in the American Film Institute's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (see the 100 Years Series), a list of the 100 funniest movies of the 20th century, and was also rated #39 on Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies of All Time. The original music score was composed by Howard Shore.



Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) is an unemployed voice actor, and a good father, loved by his three children, but not that good a husband, engaging in stunts like hiring a petting zoo and allowing children to run wild through the house for his son Chris's birthday party. Daniel's wife Miranda (Sally Field), an interior designer, has reached the end of her patience with their marriage and seeks a divorce due to the two of them not having anything in common anymore. Since Daniel has no steady source of income, Miranda gets primary custody of their three children, teenage Lydia Hillard (Lisa Jakub), 12-year-old Chris Hillard (Matthew Lawrence) and 5-year-old Natalie Hillard (Mara Wilson) and Daniel has visitation rights limited to Saturday evenings. The news is crushing to Daniel, who adores his children.

When Daniel learns that Miranda intends to place an advertisement for a housekeeper, he requests to pick them up from school and spend time with them, but Miranda refuses. Daniel sabotages the ad that Miranda wrote, changing the numbers on the copy so he could be the only one who could call. He calls Miranda several times, posing as a series of increasingly disturbing applicants, and eventually presents the perfect applicant: a 60-year-old woman with a Scottish accent with years of experience, giving the name "Mrs. Doubtfire" (he comes up with that name in a snap decision, upon seeing an article with the heading: POLICE DOUBT FIRE WAS ACCIDENTAL). Miranda is impressed enough to have "Mrs. Doubtfire" come over to the house to interview for the position. Daniel recruits his brother Frank (Harvey Fierstein), a makeup artist, to create the Mrs. Doubtfire disguise.

Initially the children are hostile toward Mrs Doubtfire, particularly Lydia, as Mrs. Doubtfire lays down the law and forces the children to get down to business with their schoolwork. However, Daniel wins them over after preparing a luxurious meal for Miranda upon her return home, delighting her and earning the trust of the children. As Mrs. Doubtfire, Daniel is able to see his children every day, giving him the opportunity to be the firm father figure that he was not formerly, and the change begins to work as the children respond to Mrs. Doubtfire's methods, and Miranda is able to heal her rocky relationship with the children and also with Daniel, who is now learning to be a better person and homemaker than he was before due to his alter ego and investing his time in learning skills such as gourmet cooking.

Daniel's situation is not a perfect one, however, as he encounters several problems including igniting his fake breasts on a stove when cooking dinner, almost having his cover blown by his caseworker (Anne Haney) at his apartment, and attempting to stall his ex-wife's relationship with Stuart Dunmyer (Pierce Brosnan), her new boyfriend, who is not particularly fond of Daniel (and who has no idea that Daniel is disguised as Mrs. Doubtfire). Daniel once again asks Miranda if she will allow him to take care of their children after school, but she once again (politely) declines, saying that she could never get rid of Mrs. Doubtfire, as she has made their lives so much better.

Eventually Daniel's cover is blown when Chris walks in on him in the bathroom (as Daniel had forgotten to lock the bathroom door), seeing him dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire urinating like a man. He explains to Lydia and Chris what he has done, and tells them that they can not tell Miranda (as she will most likely report him to the authorities and have him banned from seeing them for good) or Natalie, as she is too young to understand and would tell her mother. Both children are happy to have their father back in their lives and agree to help maintain the pretense.

Meanwhile, at the TV station where Daniel works as a shipping clerk, his job situation is about to improve. The CEO of the television studio, Jonathan Lundy (Robert Prosky), sees him clowning with toy dinosaurs on the set of a particularly boring children's program and is impressed enough to schedule a dinner meeting to hear his ideas. Trouble brews when Daniel learns that Stuart plans to celebrate Miranda's birthday by taking the family out to the same restaurant at the same time, and that everyone expects Mrs. Doubtfire to join them.

At the restaurant, Daniel attempts to rotate back and forth between Lundy and his family, using a restroom to change back and forth from himself to Mrs. Doubtfire. Attempting to humiliate Stu at the dinner, Daniel dumps pepper on his order of jambalaya, an ingredient that Stuart is allergic to. He also becomes increasingly intoxicated after consuming several double scotches with Mr. Lundy, and eventually he forgets to remove his Mrs. Doubtfire costume before returning to Mr. Lundy's table. He manages to cover up his awkward oversight by claiming to a perplexed Mr. Lundy that "Mrs. Doubtfire" is merely his idea for a new TV persona. Lundy is once again impressed, and promises to develop the character into a possible television program. Stu chokes on the shrimp Daniel peppered and in guilt and realization of his mistake, Daniel administers the Heimlich maneuver and loses his mask in the process. Miranda is outraged and humiliated to find out that her housekeeper and her ex-husband are one and the same person; she then storms out.

Returning to court because of Daniel violating his limited visiting days, Miranda receives full custody of the children as the judge is disturbed by Daniel's behavior and Mrs. Doubtfire stunt. When Daniel makes an impassioned plea that the motive was solely love of his children, the judge states Daniel, having worked as a voice actor, was making a moving, but intentionally false, statement, and subsequently orders that Daniel is to stay away from his children unless under strict court supervision, which even shocks Miranda. However, she experiences a change of heart upon realizing that her children, and she herself she admits, are all deeply unhappy without Mrs. Doubtfire and therefore Daniel. Daniel, meanwhile, becomes the star of Lundy's new television program, Aunt Euphegenia's House, where he plays Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire surrounded by puppets. Daniel places the show in the top rating for that timeslot and demands for the show come in from networks in big cities, looking possible it will be aired nationwide. Miranda pays Daniel a visit on the set one day and after congratulating him on the success of his show, explains the situation to him, and decides to let him assume (as himself this time) Mrs. Doubtfire's old role as the children's after-school caretaker. In the final moments of the movie, Daniel picks the kids up to spend an afternoon with them while Miranda watches an Aunt Euphegenia's House episode, where Mrs. Doubtfire answers a letter from another child of divorce asking for advice, saying that no matter what type of living arrangement such children may have, love will maintain the bond of family.


  • Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire
  • Sally Field as Miranda Hillard
  • Lisa Jakub as Lydia "Lydie" Hillard
  • Matthew Lawrence as Christopher "Chris" Hillard
  • Mara Wilson as Natalie "Nattie" Hillard
  • Pierce Brosnan as Stuart "Stu" Dunmayer
  • Harvey Fierstein as Uncle Franklin "Frank" Hillard
  • Scott Capurro as "Aunt" Jack Hillard
  • Polly Holliday as Gloria Chaney
  • Robert Prosky as Jonathan Lundy
  • Anne Haney as Mrs. Sellner
  • Martin Mull as Miranda's Partner At Work
  • Todd Williams as Todd the Bartender (cameo)
  • William Newman as Mr. Sprinkles the Postman / Boring Dinosaur Show Host
  • Jimmy Cullen as Thug (cameo)
  • Sydney Walker as Bus Driver (cameo)
  • Joe Bellan as TV Boss
  • Terrence McGovern as ADR Directer Lou "Louis" (cameo)
  • Karen Kahn as 1st Female Employee (cameo)
  • Eva Gholson as 2nd Female Employee (cameo)
  • James Cunningham as Male Employee (cameo)
  • Ralph Peduto as Cop (cameo)
  • Scott Beach as Judge (cameo)
  • Juliette Marshall as Miranda's Attorney (cameo)
  • Drew Letchworth as Daniel's Attorney (cameo)
  • Jessica Myerson as Miranda's Mother (cameo)
  • Sharon Lockwood as Alice
  • Kenneth Loo as 1st Staring Boy (cameo)
  • Jeff Loo as 2nd Staring Boy (cameo)
  • Betsy Monroe as Stunning Woman (cameo)
  • Joseph Narducci as Delivery Boy (cameo)
  • James S. Cranna as Ron "Ronald" (cameo)
  • John V. Chilcott as "Elbow" (cameo)


The score was written by Howard Shore. The song Robin Williams sings at the cartoon voiceover in the beginning is "Largo al factotum". Other songs featured often were chosen referencing the identity of Mrs. Doubtfire. These songs include:

Additionally. these songs were featured:


Various locations in San Francisco were used for filming. Parts were shot at KTVU studios, in Oakland. The street signs for the intersection near the "Painted Lady" home, Steiner and Broadway, were visible on-screen. The exact address, 2640 Steiner Street 37°47′38.07″N 122°26′10.78″W / 37.7939083°N 122.4363278°W / 37.7939083; -122.4363278, became a tourist attraction for a while after the film's release[2]. Though the film's home exteriors were impressive, its interiors were all shot on the 20th Century Fox lot. Robin Williams' divorced father character 'Daniel', lived upstairs from Danilo Bakery at 516 Green St., and his children attended a school at Filbert and Taylor.

The uproarious restaurant scene was filmed in an actual upscale restaurant, Bridges Restaurant & Bar, in downtown Danville, California; Bridges is still in operation, but its interior has been dramatically renovated and no longer resembles the interior seen in the movie. During this scene at Bridges, John Chilcott was washing dishes.

Box office

Box Office Revenue[3]
United States International Total
$219,195,243 $222,000,000 $441,195,243

Awards and honors

Academy Awards

  • 1993
    • Best Makeup (Greg Cannom, Ve Neill, Yolanda Toussieng)

Golden Globe Awards

BAFTA Awards

American Film Institute recognition

Critical response

At the time of its release, several critics compared Mrs. Doubtfire unfavorably with the movie "Tootsie" or even "Some Like It Hot." Even critics who viewed the movie favorably noted its similarity to the Dustin Hoffman and Sydney Pollack film.[4]

Mrs. Doubtfire also had a "fresh" rating of 64% on Rotten Tomatoes.[5]


Mrs. Doubtfire 2 was to be a sequel to the 1993 box office hit. Writing began in 2003 by Bonnie Hunt (Cheaper by the Dozen, Cars, Jumanji). Robin Williams was set to return in disguise as an old nanny like in the first movie. Due to problems with the script, re-writing began in early 2006 as Robin Williams was allegedly unhappy with the plot. The film was expected to be released in late 2007, but following further script problems the sequel was declared "scrapped" in mid-2006.

Recently in an interview for Newsday, Williams said the movie's sequel was indefinitely scrapped. Stating his reasons, he said, "The script they had just didn't work."[6]

Apparently, the sequel's story involved Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire moving close to his daughter's college so he could keep an eye on her.

On December 5, 2006, during an interview with BBC Radio 1 by DJ Edith Bowman, Williams said that if it is not going to be done right, then it is not worth doing and that there will not be a sequel with him in it. However, the character might return in some form some day in the future. The interview does not seem to have been recorded but was posted online almost immediately.[6]

Comparisons with book

During the conversion to film, most of the characters were moderated heavily. In the book, all the main characters, apart from Natalie, tend to act in self-interest and expect a large amount of credit whenever they do otherwise. The divorce of Miranda and Daniel in the book is also much more bitter.


See also

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The Player
Golden Globe: Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Succeeded by
The Lion King


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 film comedy about a family separated by an impeding divorce. The father takes on the job as the family housekeeper, unbenownst to his ex, who believes him to be a middle aged english woman.

Directed by Chris Columbus.
She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She's a blessing... in disguise. taglines


Euphegenia Doubtfire

  • (After setting fake bust on fire and putting it out) Look at this! My first day as a woman and I'm getting hot flashes.
  • Carpe dentum. Seize the teeth.
  • It was a run-by fruiting!
  • I can hip-hop, be-bop, dance till ya drop, and yo yo, make a wicked cup of cocoa.
  • Ohh thank you, dear. Yes, touch me again and I'll drown you ya bastard!
  • Look, Natty. That's called liposuction.
  • (Is walking across the street, then almost gets mugged. Hits mugger in the face.) (As Daniel) Back off, asshole! BEAT IT!

(As Mrs. Doubtfire.) Broke my bag, the bastard.

  • You know they often say a man with a car like that's trying to compensate for smaller genitals sissy, but not in your case, cause I see that you're a strapping aren't ya.
  • She's got a power tool in the bedroom (Stuart spits out his drink back in the glass). She could break a sidewalk to that thing. Surprised she hasn't chipped her teeth.
  • (Drops false teeth in drink, Stuart doubletakes and pulls a strange face). Oh (pretends to talk with no teeth)
  • Upstairs, my little noseminers! Go! Flee before me! Onward and upward! Go pump some neurons. Expand your craniums!

Daniel Hillard

  • Ever wish you could freeze frame a moment in your day, and look at it and say "this is not my life"?
  • Well, in the words of Porky Pig: "(stuttering) Piss off, Lou!"
  • I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.

Daniel as Pudgey the Parrot: Yipe. On second thought, YIIIIPE! 911! 911! Police! Authorities! ASPCA! ASAP! Murder! Betrayal! Kidnap! No. BIRDNAP!!


Daniel: Could you make me a woman?
Frank: Honey, I'm so happy!

Daniel: How about we take a vacation, take the kids, get you away from work, you'll see that you're a different person. You are. You're great.
Miranda: But our problems would be waiting for us when we got back.
Daniel: Well we'll move, and hopefully our problems won't follow us.
Miranda: Daniel, please don't joke. We're far apart. We're different. We have nothing in common.
Daniel: Sure we do. We love each other... We love each other... Don't we?
Miranda: I want a divorce.

Daniel: I am Daniel Hillard, the actor.
Foreman: Yeah, right this way.
Foreman leads Daniel into a room full of canisters of film reels
Foreman{gruff}: See these films right here. You pack them. After you pack them, you put them in crates over there. And after you box them, you ship them. Any questions?
Daniel: After I pack them?
Foreman: You ship them. Lots of luck, smart ass.
Foreman departs room
Daniel{talking to himself}: I think I just made a new friend.

Daniel: Alright, listen to me. I'm not who you think I am.
Chris: No shit!
Daniel: Watch your mouth, young man!
Chris: Dad?
Daniel: Yeah.
Lydia: Dad?
Daniel: Yeah, honey.
Chris: But you don't like wearing that stuff, do you, Dad?
Daniel: Well, some of it's comfortable - NO! No; it's a pain in the pattered ass. This isn't a way of life; it's just a job. I don't go to old-lady bars or anything like that after work, you know. It's just the only way I can see you guys every day.
Chris: Who did this?
Daniel: Uncle Frank and Aunt Jack.

Daniel goes to Frank's makeup shop in need of a new mask. Frank is appalled at seeing the Mrs. Doubtfire face having tire tracks on it, then hands Daniel another Mrs. Doubtfire mask
Frank: Can you please take care of this one? She is an old lady!
Daniel: I will, thanks a lot.
Daniel leaves makeup shop
Frank{talking to himself}: Why was I not an only child?

Daniel: What kind of idiot kept this guy on the air for twenty-five years?
Jonathan Lundy: Me. [offering his hand] Jonathan Lundy.
Daniel: Jonathan Lundy, general manager, owner? Daniel Hillard, former employee.

Mrs. Doubtfire: He was quite fond of the drink. It was the drink that killed him.
Miranda: How awful, he was an alcoholic?
Mrs. Doubtfire: No, he was hit by a Guinness truck, so it was quite literally the drink that killed him.

Natalie: Daddy?
Daniel: Yeah, honey. It's me.
Miranda: (GASP)
Daniel: Happy birthday.
Miranda: Daniel? Daniel! Oh my god. Oh my god! Oh my god! The whole time? The whole time, you were - THE WHOLE TIME?! Don't touch me. Don't...touch me - DON'T TOUCH ME! I have to go. We have to leave now. I have to leave. We have to leave. I have to go!


  • She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She's a blessing... in disguise.


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Mrs. Doubtfire is a movie from 1993. The film stars Robin Williams as a divorced father who desperately wants to be with his children. So, he dresses as a woman and poses as a nanny.


Daniel Hillard (Robin's role) is an actor who quits over a smoking issue in a cartoon. Then, he goes to his son's birthday party, where his wife, Miranda Hillard (played by Sally Field), asks for a divorce.

Daniel has 90 days to get a job and a place to live. He later discovers that his wife wants a nanny. So, he makes several calls to his wife, using fake names, to get the job. Eventually, he gets the job.

Daniel Hillard goes to his gay brother to get a makeover. The makeover makes him look like a woman, which is exactly what Daniel had hoped for.

He then babysits his three children. People figure out that he is Mrs. Doubtfire when he is at a place called "Bridges," where he must switch between Mrs. Doubtfire and Daniel Hillard over and over. He ends up mixing up the two outfits while drunk. Later, his face mask comes off, and it is revealed that Daniel and Mrs. Doubtfire are the same person.

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