Mrs. Doubtfire

Trivia: The newspaper that contains the words 'Doubt Fire' was the same newspaper used on the first episode of Charmed.

Trivia: The man who played Todd the bartender at the swimming pool is Robin Williams' brother, Todd Williams.

Trivia: Adding to the 'carpe dentum' contribution, if you look at Pierce Brosnan when Mrs Doubtfire gets up from the table, he is moments away from bursting out laughing. According to the commentary track on the dvd, it was this reference to Dead Poets Society that tickled Brosnan but he managed to keep a straight face and so they didn't need to reshoot.

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Trivia: In the scene when they are having dinner, and Mrs Doubtfire is fishing the teeth out of the wine glass, she says: "Carpe dentem - seize the teeth" This was a parody of "carpe diem - seize the day" from "Dead poets society". (Yes it's a well known Latin phrase, but the Robin Williams reference is the important bit).

Trivia: When Stu calls Daniel a loser at the swimming pool, Mrs. Doubtfire then picks up a lime and throws it at Stu, hitting him on the back of his head. Robin Williams managed to hit Pierce Brosnan on the third take and the lime you see was made of foam rubber. Mrs. Doubtfire then tells Stu it was a 'run-by fruiting' - this line was improvised by Williams.

Trivia: At the very end of the film, the Hillard's are interviewing a very stern woman. Her name is crossed off the list that Lydia is holding and we can see her name is Paula Du Pré. Paula Du Pré is the film's Associate Producer.


Trivia: Robin was always trying to get Sally Field to laugh on the set. At one point he did voice imitations of scenes from "Smokey and The Bandit." All he got was a dead stare from Sally.

Trivia: Near the end, when they are in court and Robin Williams makes his emotional closing statement, it actually had to be re-shot because the first time he did it, it was apparently just too much, and the crew were just left speechless. The director decided that this was perhaps a bit too much to take and so they re-shot it.

Sam Johnson

Trivia: Near the beginning, the kids are watching something on TV with a man transforming another man's face. This is the second episode of the 1963 television show The Outer Limits, known as The Hundred Days of the Dragon. Part of the plot of this episode involves a man wearing a mask and makeup pretending to be someone else. That's the plot of Mrs. Doubtfire as well.

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Trivia: The scene where Daniel takes his damaged mask of Mrs. Doubtfire to his brother was not in the original screenplay. The producers felt that a scene needed to be added in order to explain why Daniel needed to continue his charade as Mrs. Doubtfire. This scene was improvised on the spot.

Continuity mistake: In the pool scene where Mrs. Doubtfire picks up and throws a lime at the back of Stu's head, when Stu walks away and the camera goes back to Mrs. Doubtfire at the bar, the lime that she threw is still on the top of the stack of fruit.

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Suggested correction: There might have been another lime in the back that Mrs. Doubtfire put in the previous spot.


This correction is too much of a stretch to be valid. There's nothing to suggest Daniel did this and he's not really off camera long enough to reset a lime (of the same exact size) and then get back into the position he's in when the camera is back on him.


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Question: When Daniel is calling home to apply for the job of housekeeper, why did he use different accents instead of just using the British accent instantly?

Answer: Daniel was pretending to be different people that were just all very horrible, so he used different accents. This way, when the "British nanny" calls, he was hoping Miranda would instantly consider him. If he called pretending to be Ms. Doubtfire right away, she might not have basically given him the job right away. And if he used the charming British accent for all his characters, it would have lost its charm when he decided to be Ms. Doubtfire.


Answer: He was just practising or trying it out, and took a while to think of it.

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