She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She’s a blessing… in disguise.
When Miranda Hillard (Sally Field) divorces Daniel (Robin Williams), he takes drastic means to be close to his three children, turning himself (with a little help from his makeup artist brother) into a sixtysomething, Scottish housekeeper. A huge box-office hit for Williams who was given free rein and turns in a very funny performance as the sweet old lady who has a saucy streak. The movie provides plenty of challenges for him to juggle his two characters and the highlight is a frantic dinner scene near the end. Cute and not exactly believable, but Chris Columbus makes sure that we care about this family and Pierce Brosnan’s character is not turned into a simple villain.
1993-U.S. 125 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Mark Radcliffe, Robin Williams, Marsha Garces Williams. Directed by Chris Columbus. Novel: Anne Fine (“Alias Madame Doubtfire”). Cast: Robin Williams (Daniel Hillard), Sally Field (Miranda Hillard), Pierce Brosnan (Stu), Harvey Fierstein, Polly Holliday, Lisa Jakub… Robert Prosky.
Trivia: The novel was also turned into a French TV movie in 2003.
Oscar: Best Makeup. Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical), Actor (Williams).
Quote: “I hope you’re up for a little competition. She’s got a power tool in the bedroom, dear. It’s her own personal jackhammer. She could break sidewalk with that thing. She uses it and the lights dim, it’s like a prison movie. Amazed she hasn’t chipped her teeth.” (Williams, as Mrs. Doubtfire, discussing Field’s sex life with Brosnan)