Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1993. Twentieth Century Fox, Blue Wolf Productions. Screenplay by Randi Mayem Singer, Leslie Dixon, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. Cinematography by Donald McAlpine. Produced by Mark Radcliffe, Marsha Garces Williams, Robin Williams. Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by Angelo P. Graham. Costume Design by Marit Allen. Film Editing by Raja Gosnell. Academy Awards 1993. Golden Globe Awards 1993.
After a bitter custody battle with ex-wife Sally Field, Robin Williams is so scared of losing time with his three children that he decides to thwart her plan to hire a housekeeper to keep guard of them during the hours that she works. He answers Field’s ad for a daytime housekeeper and dresses himself up to look the part of a docile old English lady, with makeup effects that are awe-inspiring, but which come to life thanks to Williams’ brilliant performance underneath the latex: his Mrs. Doubtfire will have you feeling like you’re watching your very own grandmother, if you were lucky enough to have one that sweet. The hijinks are hilarious, and though the film runs much longer than it should, it’s a pure delight and good film for the whole family to watch.