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Born Yesterday (1993)

A businessman shows up in Washington to lobby agendas that are friendly to his construction plans. His ditsy ex-showgirl bimbo proves to be an embarrassment in social situations, so he ... See full summary »

Director:

Luis Mandoki

Writers:

Garson Kanin (play), Douglas McGrath (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Griffith ... Billie Dawn
John Goodman ... Harry Brock
Don Johnson ... Paul Verrall
Edward Herrmann ... Ed Devery
Max Perlich ... JJ
Michael Ensign ... Phillipe
Benjamin C. Bradlee Benjamin C. Bradlee ... Alex Duffee, Sect. of the Navy
Sally Quinn Sally Quinn ... Beatrice Duffee
William Frankfather ... Sen. Kelley
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Sen. Hedges
Celeste Yarnall ... Mrs. Hedges
Nora Dunn ... Cynthia Schreiber, NPR Talk Show Host
Meg Wittner ... Mrs. Kelley
William Forward ... Sen. Duker
Mary Gordon Murray Mary Gordon Murray ... Bindy Duker
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Storyline

A businessman shows up in Washington to lobby agendas that are friendly to his construction plans. His ditsy ex-showgirl bimbo proves to be an embarrassment in social situations, so he hires a reporter to teach her how to appear more intelligent. Soon it becomes apparent to the reporter that she isn't so stupid after all, and things become more complicated as she begins questioning the papers her sugar daddy keeps getting her to sign, and the reporter begins falling in love with her. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and a scene of abusive behavior | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1993 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Nacida ayer See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$17,952,857
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was originally intended to be made by Cannon in 1987 with Walter Matthau, Bernadette Peters and Whoopi Goldberg set to star and with a script by Garson Kanin, who developed the original play. The studio's financial troubles killed this version though it was announced at Cannes. See more »

Goofs

While playing Gin Rummy, Harry deals Billy one card too many. See more »

Quotes

Paul: Maybe we haven't gotten to our time yet.
Billie: No, we did. And you just dropped the ball.
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Connections

Version of Au théâtre ce soir: Ferraille à vendre (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

TEACH ME TONIGHT
Written by Sammy Cahn and Gene de Paul
Performed by Dinah Washington
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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Not Bad, But Too Smart-Too Fast, So Stick With The Original
9 October 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This remake of the 1950 film which starred Judy Holliday was okay, but nothing super. The major problem was credibility with Melanie Griffith playing "Billie Dawn." I'm sorry, but with her voice and mannerisms in all the movies I've seen her in, it's not believable enough for me to see her as a woman who suddenly gets very smart. Anything is possible! However, she gets too smart, too fast and it's just too much. "Yeah, right," is what you wind up saying over and over. However, I'm not saying she didn't do a good job acting, it's just that I know her too well to have her be credible in this particular role.

I also was sorry to hear another example of a classic-era film re-done with profanity. Here, John Goodman (no surprise) blasphemes here and there as boyfriend "Harry Brock.".This story is nice enough with a bunch of good messages without having to mess it up with needless profanity and sexual innuendos. Can't Hollywood make ONE modern-day comedy without that? Speaking of credibility, I can picture a slob like Goodman being paired with Roseanne Barr, but a hot babe like Griffith? No way.

No wonder there was little chemistry in this film.

However, I have to say Don Johnson, of Miami Vice television fame, was a very likable character in a pleasant low-key role as the tutor-reporter. I was never a big fan of his but I liked him in this movie.

Still, the 1950 version was good enough to stand on its own, not needing a re-make in the first place.


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