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  • Robin Williams used much of his real childhood nanny to characterize Mrs. Doubtfire. When British tabloids found this out, they went looking for his former nanny. They found his real nanny, "Lolly", in a Michigan nursing home, and the reporters and photographers flocked to the little town to get an interview with her. Lolly balked at the attention and downplayed her impressive role. (The reporter found out Lolly had in fact been a nanny to other Hollywood celebrities, including Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Waggoner.) As a result, the local newspaper ran a story of Lolly with the heading "The Real Mrs. Doubtfire".
  • When the family is looking for Mrs. Doubtfire's replacement, many of the potential nannies are members of the crew, including production assistant Erik Ross, art department coordinator Kristen Ross, and production coordinator Jacqueline A. Shea. The final name crossed off the list is that of associate producer Paula DuPré Pesmen.
  • According to one biography, Robin Williams decided to test out the believability of his Mrs. Doubtfire character during filming by going, as Mrs. Doubtfire, into an adult bookstore and making a purchase. He was able to do so without being recognized.
  • The Hillards' San Francisco house is located on the east side of the 2600 block of Steiner Street at the corner of Broadway.
  • The make-up of "Mrs. Doubtfire" took about four and a half hours each day.
  • The television series Charmed (1998) made occasional references to this movie. In Something Wicca This Way Comes (1998), the newspaper prop "Firemen Doubt Fire was Accidental" appears, and Ms. Hellfire (2000) takes its title from the movie.
  • Before Mrs. Doubtfire comes over, the children are watching The Outer Limits (1963) episode The Hundred Days of the Dragon (1963). which first aired on September 23, 1963. It is incorrectly referred to as an episode of The Twilight Zone (1959) in the director's commentary.
  • The address given by Miranda while on the phone with Mrs. Doubtfire is the actual physical address of the Hillard house used for the filming of the movie. 2640 Steiner St.
  • The prosthetic mask used by Robin Williams in the film was actually a prop. The real make-up was made up of eight separate pieces.
  • "Aunt Jack" was named after the title character in one of Robin Williams all time favorite shows, and one of Williams' favorite things about Australia, The Aunty Jack Show (1972).
  • Toward the end of the movie, Mrs. Doubtfire receives mail from "Katie in Youngstown, Ohio". Chris Columbus is from Youngstown, Ohio.
  • KTVU is an actual television station licensed to Oakland, California, and the logo (circle and number 2) used in the film is the actual logo the station uses to this day (November 2005).
  • Mrs. Doubtfire's accent was inspired by Bill Forsyth, the Scottish director that Robin Williams had just worked with on Being Human (1994). Williams also drew inspiration for the voice from Margaret Thatcher and Julia Child.
  • Daniel Hillard's career as a voice actor is unusual, being that he is based in San Francisco (not known as a key hub of voice-over work) and we see him providing full voices for finished animation (extremely rare in American voice-over traditions). This could be considered a mistake, but it could also be assumed that Daniel is replacing a voice track that is for some reason faulty, and must do the entire track over in an automated dialogue replacement session. This could be why the voice director points out how much money the session is costing the studio.
  • While extracting the false teeth from the wine glass, Mrs. Doubtfire jokes "Carpe Dentum... seize the teeth." This echoes "Carpe Diem... seize the day", Robin Williams' recurring phrase from Dead Poets Society (1989). Coincidentally, Williams had earlier appeared in the little-known movie Seize the Day (1986).
  • Known for his trademark spontaneity of improvisation, Robin Williams was given free range by Chris Columbus to do what he needed. However, his improvisation can occasionally spark off numerous references to other works that prove to be legal headaches for movie studios. The scene where Daniel speaks with his wife and refers to her clothes as "this lovely Dances with Wolves (1990) motif," required legal clearance for the studio to put it in the film. Associate producer Paula DuPré Pesmen later kept track of every reference Williams made while improvising.
  • The San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) bus used for Route 22 (Fillmore) is a real 1989 New Flyer bus built in Canada for the Muni fleet.
  • In the scene where Mrs. Doubtfire is reading a story, the story she is reading is Stuart Little, and the part she reads is from "Chapter 1: The Drain".
  • The monkey puppet "Kovacs" is named after pioneering comic Ernie Kovacs, and was modelled after him as well.
  • Mara Wilson's film debut.
  • When Anne Fine was approached to make a movie out of her novel, her original choice for the lead role was Warren Beatty. Because of Beatty's reputation as a great womanizer she thought it would be hysterical to see him dress up and pretend to be a woman.
  • During the scene when Mrs. Sellner comes to inspect Daniel's apartment and Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire is serving her tea, the icing on his/her face is melting off. This was not intentional. The heat from the set lights melted the icing on his face and Robin Williams improvised the bulk of that scene.
  • In real life, Robin Williams divorced his wife in order to marry his nanny. In this film, his wife divorced him and he becomes her nanny.
  • The character "Mrs. Doubtfire" was first performed by Robin Williams at a show Andy Kaufman did at Carnegie Hall. Williams pretended to be Kaufman's grandmother.
  • The scene where Daniel knocks down the prosthetic mask and it goes flying out into the street required over fifty takes.
  • Talk of a sequel began in 2003, with a script being written by Bonnie Hunt. 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 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. The sequel's story was originally said to involve Williams, as Mrs. Doubtfire, moving close to his daughter's college, so he could keep an eye on her. Serious discussions regarding the sequel re-ignited in April 2014, with an announcement that Robin Williams and Chris Columbus would be teaming up with Fox 2000 to produce the sequel. Williams' sudden death just four months later ultimately sealed the project's fate once and for all. No one replaced him either.
  • 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.
  • Stu was originally scripted to be an arrogant villain, but Chris Columbus felt that it hurt the relationship with Mrs. Doubtfire, so Stu was re-written to be more the perfect potential replacement for a father for the kids.
  • Lisa Jakub played the daughter of Timothy Dalton in The Beautician and the Beast (1997), and the daughter of a love interest of Pierce Brosnan in this movie. Dalton and Brosnan played James Bond.
  • One of the make-up attempts winds up looking more like an old Jewish woman. Robin Williams improvised on this for a moment, then Williams, Harvey Fierstein, and Scott Capurro sing the chorus of "Matchmaker" from Fiddler On The Roof (1971). Fierstein has starred in "Fiddler" in two different Broadway revivals.
  • The animation director who scolds Daniel for wasting the studio's money at the beginning of the movie is played by Terence McGovern. Terence McGovern lends his voice to animation often, most notably as Launchpad McQuack for DuckTales (1987) and Darkwing Duck (1991). McGovern is a native of Berkeley, California, and a former DJ and radio personality at KSFO radio in San Francisco.
  • Harvey Fierstein had seen and been impressed by Robin Williams's impersonation of him on Comic Relief. He heard through friends that Williams would be playing a character with a gay brother, and approached him about playing the part.
  • According to director Chris Columbus, Robin Williams improvised so much that there were PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 edits of the film (though always intended to be released as PG-13).
  • Blake Lively was considered for the role of Natalie Hillard, and made it to the final round of auditions between her and Mara Wilson.
  • Bridges restaurant is a real northern California restaurant.
  • At the time of filming, Sally Field was going through a divorce with film producer Alan Greisman.
  • Stu asks Mrs. Doubtfire where she is from, stating he has a home in London. In real-life, Pierce Brosnan is Irish.
  • Tim Allen was offered the roles of both Mrs. Doubtfire/Daniel Hillard and Stu Denmeyer, but he rejected both.
  • According to some rumors, it's been suggested parts of the story were originally intended for a potential plot of a film version of the television series Home Improvement (1991) at the time. With the story being Tim getting divorced from Jill, and being forced to pretend to be a sixty-year-old nanny in order to spend time with the kids. It's been said the reason for this not happening was because Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson hated the idea, plus didn't feel Home Improvement needed a film version.
  • Chris Columbus would use two or three cameras at a time when shooting Robin Williams' scenes, uncertain of what the famously improvisational actor would come up with. Columbus viewed shooting these scenes as if he were making a documentary.
  • According to Chris Columbus, the film was initially going to be set in Chicago. But after checking out San Francisco, they chose to set the film there. Columbus had been living in New York City for years, and was in need of a change of scenery to raise his family. During filming, he and his family had been so taken with the city that they settled in San Francisco after the film was completed.
  • Polly Holliday's character of the Hillard family's next door neighbor Gloria Chaney, was originally scripted as a large supporting character and had a much bigger role in the film. Many scenes were filmed in which Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire gets even with Gloria as Gloria tells Mrs. Doubtfire that she heard rumors that Daniel cheated on Miranda and abused his children. This leads Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire, observing Gloria's passion for gardening, to give Gloria a formula that will help her flowers bloom better, and the secret ingredient in the formula is dog urine. Several scenes show Gloria actually getting dog urine and applying it to her flowers which kills them, and upsets her very much. Due to time constraints all of these scenes were cut out, and as a result, in the final cut of the film, the character of Gloria is only seen once during the opening credits before she calls Miranda to complain about Daniel throwing a birthday party next door, and later right before Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire, rips the logo off of Stu's Mercedes Benz, you can see a brief glimpse of Gloria doing some gardening. All of Gloria's deleted scenes can be seen in the special features on the film's DVD.
  • When Miranda's boss (played by Martin Mull), towards the beginning of the movie stated that Stu wanted to invest millions into the Wellman Mansion. Martin Mull played on Roseanne (1988) where Roseanne and Jackie (Roseanne's sister) worked for Wellman plastics during the early seasons of the show.
  • Throughout the movie, Mrs. Doubtfire says the word "dear" one hundred one times. In some scenes, she either mumbles the word or says it quickly. You have to listen very carefully to what she is saying.
  • Chris Columbus said the movie gave a lot of women hope that Pierce Brosnan would walk into their lives.
  • Sally Field got a cappuccino mustache on-set and they decided to put it in the movie.
  • Robin Williams' own son did not recognize him in his Mrs. Doubtfire outfit until he started speaking.
  • An avocado was going to be used instead of meringue as a disguise after Daniel loses his mask, but it made Robin Williams look like a monster.
  • Polly Holliday appears in this movie as Daniel's next door neighbour Gloria, who dislikes him and his methods. She worked with Robin Williams' close friend and comic idol, Jonathan Winters, in Moon Over Parador (1988), playing his wife, directed by Paul Mazursky, who also directed Williams in Moscow on the Hudson (1984). Mazursky and Williams died the same year (2014), along with Mike Nichols and Harold Ramis, who also worked with Williams on The Birdcage (1996) and Club Paradise (1986). Howard Shore, who composed this film, composed Analyze This (1999), directed by Ramis, which starred Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal, who were also close friends of Williams.
  • Matthew Lawrence and Mara Wilson appeared in John Hughes films: Lawrence in Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Wilson in Miracle on 34th Street (1994).
  • Daniel does an impression of Sir Sean Connery as James Bond. Pierce Brosnan starred as Bond in four movies.
  • The name of the last housekeeper crossed off the list, after a devastating interview, was Associate Producer Paula DuPré Pesmen.
  • Robin Williams' line "Kids say the darnedest things" ended up being prophetic, as he later appeared in Jack (1996) with Bill Cosby (host of Kids Say the Darndest Things (1998)).
  • In the opening scene, Daniel gets chewed out by his boss for adding lines that are not in the script. This is ironic, due to the fact that adding lines is one of Robin Williams' most famous qualities.
  • Chachi 420 (1997) is considered to be a remake of this film.
  • The line "It was a drive-by fruiting!" was improvised by Robin Williams, and has become a recurring gag on YouTube.
  • There are connections to A Perfect World (1993). This is to do with the reference to Dances with Wolves (1990), in which Kevin Costner starred and directed. In Bridges restaurant, Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire says, "I though I saw Clint Eastwood. That would make my day. He is such a stud muffin", in a memorable scene when he/she has a dinner meeting with Mr. Lundy, and a family occasion to celebrate Miranda Hillard's birthday at the same time. Costner and Eastwood co-starred in A Perfect World (1993) which Eastwood also directed. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) was also released in the same year.
  • During the scene were Mrs. Doubtfire's children are watching her on television during her new job, she mentions that the next weeks show is going to England and quotes "That's where I come from." Even though her accent is distinctly Scottish.
  • Robin Williams and Chris Columbus have the same number of letters in their first and last names.
  • Lou and Daniel talk about Mohandas K. Gandhi near the start of the film. Mara Wilson and Sir Richard Attenborough appeared together in Miracle on 34th Street (1994). Attenborough directed Gandhi (1982) and Grey Owl (1999), which starred Pierce Brosnan.
  • Before voicing Pudgy in this film, Robin Williams voiced the genie in Aladdin (1992) and Batty Koda in FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) the previous year.
  • The actor playing the bartender in the pool scene is credited as Dr. Toad, but his real name is Robert Williams, the half brother of Robin Williams.
  • Daniel Hillard says to his son Chris, near the start of the film as follows: Daniel: (to Chris) Hey, dude! Congratulations on your twelfth birthday, all right! Got a surprise for you! Chris: Ooh, a stripper? Daniel: No, please! Chris: Two strippers? Daniel: Hoo hah, boy! The "Hoo hah" was Al Pacino's recurring expression in Scent of a Woman (1992). Williams and Pacino co-starred in Insomnia (2002).
  • According to Chris Columbus, this movie gave a lot of women hope that Pierce Brosnan would walk into their lives.
  • Robin Williams said he made the movie to make up for not getting to spend enough time with his kids.
  • Robin Williams' then-wife Marsha said he was a completely different person in the Mrs. Doubtfire outfit. "He becomes this woman. I really feel like I'm not talking to him anymore."
  • Robin Williams, dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire, says "Carpe dentum. Seize the teeth", while trying to fish his dentures out of his wine. This is a play on his famous line from Dead Poets Society (1989), "Carpe diem. Seize the day."
  • Robin Williams and Chris Columbus would often clown around between takes, with Mrs. Doubtfire introducing Columbus as her son.
  • After Chris Columbus finished Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992), he wanted a new project and was sent the script for this film. He was initially critical of it, saying it didn't work for him. He discussed with them why he felt it didn't work.
  • The film was produced by Robin Williams then wife, Marsha Garces Williams.
  • Chris Columbus had already seen Robin Williams in comedy clubs when he lived in Los Angeles. He was blown away at his energy and called him one of the most brilliant minds he had ever come across in terms of comedy. On stage he was an impressive ball of fire.
  • Chris Columbus was amazed how far Robin Williams took his performance. First, he played each scene as scripted two to three times, and then was allowed to improvise, or "playing" as Williams called it. Columbus allowed Williams a lot of improvisation, because that was where the film's funniest material came from; in fact, Columbus called it magical at times.
  • Robin Williams did interviews as Mrs. Doubtfire to promote the film, and sometimes played the interviewer too.
  • Scenes were shot 15 to 22 times, because Robin Williams wasn't satisfied until he had the scene worked out of his system.
  • There are several versions of the film because of the sheer amount of material Robin Williams improvised, so it was difficult to edit the film to something resembling the script. Chris Columbus likened it to editing a documentary; these other versions were unworkable tonally because they were all over the place.
  • During the restaurant scene when Mrs. Doubtfire's teeth fell into the wine glass, the cast didn't know Robin Williams would do that, and their reactions on film were genuine, mirroring the shock of the crew.
  • Chris Columbus admitted he never knew where Robin Williams was going to take the character of Mrs. Doubtfire next.
  • Chris Columbus is a big James Bond fan, and he was crushed when Pierce Brosnan didn't get cast when he was offered the part during the making of Remington Steele (1982), but they wouldn't release him from his contract. During the making of this film, Columbus told Brosnan he'd make a great James Bond, but Brosnan thought that ship had sailed. In 1995, MGM called Columbus telling him they're looking for the new James Bond, and Brosnan was one of the choices, so Columbus recommended him; his little contribution to the James Bond saga.
  • In 1993, Pierce Brosnan was willing to play the small role of Stu. Chris Columbus thought him a phenomenal actor.
  • This movie is actually based on a British novel. During the mid 1970s, author Anne Fine walked by a "bric-a-brac" shop selling jewelry and old furs. She never had the time to walk inside and meet the shop owner, one Madame Doubtfire. Fine remembered the name in 1986 when she wrote her book "Alias Madame Doubtfire".
  • Chris Columbus claimed that he, along with his fellow filmmakers, looked through "hundreds and hundreds" of photographs until finding a 1940s-era Englishwoman on whom to base Mrs. Doubtfire's look.
  • Chuck Jones, the iconic animator of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons for Warner Brothers, supervised the opening animation. The full five minutes of Pudgy Parakeet and Grunge the Cat was released as a DVD feature.
  • Robin Williams didn't know the lyrics to the Barbra Streisand song "Don't Rain On My Parade". Harvey Fierstein (Frank) and Scott Capurro (Jack) had to teach it to him.
  • There were many instances when Robin Williams tried to break the concentration of Pierce Brosnan. In the scene when Brosnan (Stu) was attempting to choke on the shrimp, Williams kept making sexually suggestive comments to make his task much more difficult.
  • Robin Williams said the bodysuit was "made out of, like, Spandex and beans. It's like a walking beanbag chair."
  • Bryan Cranston, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, and Tom Hanks were considered to play Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire
  • The animals had to be "auditioned" to make sure they would behave on-set.
  • After Robin Williams' death, the house in the film became a tourist attraction.
  • The princess line was ad-libbed by Mara Wilson.
  • The filmmakers went through over one hundred photographs of older women to find the right look for Mrs. Doubtfire.
  • Robin Williams drew on his real-life divorce from his first wife for some of the dramatic scenes.
  • Robin Williams would walk around San Francisco as Mrs. Doubtfire to see if he could get away with it. On one occasion, he visited a sex shop to buy a large dildo and other toys.
  • Bill Murray was considered for the role of Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire.
  • The film could have ended with Lundy visiting Daniel at a mental hospital, to which he has been committed by the judge, and Lundy telling Daniel that he wants to make a children's television show about Mrs. Doubtfire, and he wants Daniel to star in it as Mrs. Doubtfire.
  • In real-life, Daniel would be considered a stalker.
  • When Daniel changes out of the Mrs. Doubtfire costume to his regular clothing, it plays in fast forward.
  • Scott Beach and Terence McGovern appeared in American Graffiti (1973).
  • The film was re-edited on YouTube, which fans of the movie made up trailers of this movie, as if it weren't a comedy, but as a horror film, or a suspense thriller.
  • Robin Williams and Anne Haney appeared in The Best of Times (1986).
  • In the special features on the DVD; Make-Up Test. Mrs. Doubtfire makes a reference to Basic Instinct (1992). Both films are set in San Francisco.
  • Robin Williams and Mara Wilson have surnames in which the first three letters are the same.
  • Pierce Brosnan and Robert Prosky appeared in The Heist (1989).
  • Chris Columbus sold scripts to Steven Spielberg that became Gremlins (1984) and The Goonies (1985) but his career didn't really take off until the major success of Home Alone (1990) which allowed Columbus to move on to other more successful projects like Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and the first two Harry Potter films.
  • Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Matthew Broderick, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Kevin Kline, Dudley Moore, Bill Paxton, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, John Candy, John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chevy Chase, Jim Carrey, Emilio Estevez, Michael J. Fox, Kevin Bacon, Jason Alexander, Wayne Knight, Chris Farley, Daniel Stern, Howie Mandel and Billy Crystal were considered to play Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire.
  • A scene was filmed, but deleted and remained unseen until after Robin Williams' death, as the deleted scene was omitted from the deleted scenes on the DVD . After the birthday dinner, Daniel turns up at the house and Daniel and Miranda have a heated argument about Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire and Daniel tells Miranda that Lydia and Chris found out the truth and that they knew and the argument ends when Lydia angrily says that she hates them both and races up the stairs to her bedroom and Chris also says that he also hates them and joins Lydia with Natalie upstairs.
  • Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawrence and Mara Wilson were chosen to play the Hillard siblings because Chris Colombus needed to find a child and two teens who physically resembled Robin Williams and Sally Field.
  • Matthew Lawrence later starred in fantasy comedy The Hot Chick (2002) which Rachel McAdams stars as an attractive and popular teenage girl whom magically swaps bodies with the body of a lowlife male.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire was the favorite film of Tony's ten-year-old daughter, Selena, in the book Bittersweet Symphony by Rebecca McNutt. She owns a copy of the film on VHS and repeatedly watches it while spending the summer with her father.
  • Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
  • In one of the original scripts, Daniel finds a new love interest after he and Miranda got divorced. However, this would be in the way of Daniel going undercover as Mrs Doubtfire in order to be able to spend time with his children. The script is rewritten as Miranda finding a new lover after the divorce.
  • In the scene which Miranda talks to Mrs. Doubtfire about Daniel. Mrs. Doubtfire mentions that her husband Winston died when he was hit by a Guinness truck. Guinness is an Irish beer just like Pierce Brosnan is Irish.
  • A scene was filmed, but cut which Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire gets revenge on Gloria by suggesting Gloria uses dog urine for her flowers which kills the flowers.
  • In the Bridges Restaurant scene, Mrs. Doubtfire says to Stu that she thought she saw Clint Eastwood and quotes it's famous catchphrase "Make my day". A nod to Clint Eastwood's iconic film Sudden Impact which he plays tough San Francisco vigilante police detective Harry Callahan. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) also takes place in San Francisco.
  • A scene was filmed, but cut which Lydia, Chris and Natalie come home from school and Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire greets them and speaks to them in French and gives them milk and cookies which Lydia rejects.
  • When the sequence which Mrs. Doubtfire accidentally gets set on fire in the kitchen was filmed, the boiling water originally had a metal spoon in it which got very hot. When Robin Williams grabbed the spoon for a take, he burned his hand and swore on the spot which Chris Columbus thought Williams was acting and realized that he wasn't acting and was in real pain, which he felt awful. The scene was re-shot without the metal spoon and instead, Mrs. Doubtfire picks on the pot with the potatoes in boiling water which he drops on the kitchen floor.
  • When Mrs. Doubtfire accidentally gets set on fire in the kitchen sequence, stunt coordinator Troy Brown stood in for Robin Williams when Mrs. Doubtfire screams when Mrs. Doubtfire's breasts get set on fire.
  • There are 8 differences between the book and the movie: In the book, Daniel is a actor. In the movie, Daniel is a voice actor. In the book, Miranda is a successful businesswoman. In the movie, Miranda is an interior designer. 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. This doesn't happen in the movie. In the book, Daniel and Miranda are separated and in the movie, they are together at the beginning, but Daniel screws up again, they get divorced. In the book Daniel becomes angry at Miranda's early arrival in the dinner scene. In the movie, this also happens, but takes place before Daniel becomes Mrs. Doubtfire. In the book, Daniel does not swear in the dinner scene. In the movie, Daniel does swear in the dinner scene. In the book Lydia and Chris know right away that Madame Doubtfire is their father in drag. In the movie, at first they don't know it is him. It is only when Chris sees Mrs. Doubtfire standing up to pee that he has to come clean. In the book, Natalie is the first to find out. In the movie, Natalie is the only child left out of the loop.
  • Lisa Jakub and Harvey Fierstein later had featured roles in the hit Independence Day (1996).
  • The first film in a trilogy with Chris Columbus & Robin Williams, which all feature San Francisco as the main setting, a city both Columbus and Williams were residents. The trilogy began with this film, followed by Nine Months and Bicentennial Man as the concluding film.
  • After Robin Williams' death, a lot of fans of this movie and Williams' career flocked to the real address of the house at 2640 Steiner St. and set up a memorial.
  • Robin Williams, Harvey Fierstein and Scott Capurro break the fourth wall in this movie and sing to the audience.
  • Paul Guilfoyle (Head Chef) originally had a longer scene in the movie, but it was cut. This scene can be found in the special features on the Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) DVD.
  • Robin Williams previously appeared in Hook (1991) with Dustin Hoffman, who had played in drag in the film Tootsie (1982). Hoffman too tested out his makeup by wearing it in public. Williams's brother in this film is played by Harvey Fierstein, who later did his own drag performance in Hairspray Live! (2016), although his character is an actual woman.
  • Dennis Quaid, John Travolta, David Hasselhoff, Richard Gere, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Rowan Atkinson and Jeff Daniels were considered to play Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire
  • The reason why Daniel complains about Pudgy smoking a cigarette in the cartoon at the beginning of the movie is because Pudgy smoking a cigarette would influence children watching the cartoon to smoke cigarettes too.
  • In real life, Daniel would had done time in jail for his actions as both himself and as Mrs. Doubtfire which Miranda could had pressed charges against him. In the movie Daniel commits fraud, malicious destruction, assault and battery and attempted murder and Daniel would be banned from seeing Lydia, Chris and Natalie and Daniel would be diagnosed with having a mental, physical or emotional condition and would be unsafe for him for to visit the children without supervision.
  • Although Daniel Hillard is a good guy, he is actually a villain. Daniel is a bad husband to Miranda and is a poor father to their children and thus the reason for Miranda divorcing him. He creates a false identity as Mrs. Doubtfire and dupes Miranda into hiring him and tries to sabotage Miranda's relationship with Stu and he betrays the trust of his entire family and it is proven right that Miranda is right about everything.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 comedy drama from director Chris Colombus and stars Robin Williams, Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan. In the film, Robin Williams stars a self destructive unemployed actor whom assumes a fake identity as a 60-year-old Scottish housekeeper as part of his scheme to spend more time with his children whom he's been banned from when his Ex wife (Sally Field) divorces him for being a bad husband and a bad father but his scheme is threatened when he meets his Ex wife's new boyfriend a wealthy British businessman (Pierce Brosnan) and he sets out to sabotage the relationship.
  • Tim Allen was the first choice for Mrs. Doubtfire, with this intending to be his debut theatrical feature as a leading man. He turned it down being unsatisfied with the script as well as schedule conflicts with Home Improvement. He later debuted in the successful film the Santa Clause the following year.
  • Rick Moranis was considered for the role of Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire.
  • Robin Williams throws a lime at Pierce Brosnan at some point in the movie. The lime, oddly, is able to refer to "Limey", a slang term for "Englishman", such as the character James Bond, despite Brosnan being Irish.
  • Talk show host James Corden said Pierce Brosnan was the rudest celebrity he's ever met in a recent interview.
  • In this film, Daniel doesn't get romantically involved with anyone after he and Miranda get divorced. It's only Miranda who does.
  • Daniel manages to slip in a dirty joke during all his make-up tests. When dressed as the old Jewish woman, he says "I should never buy gribenes from a mohel, it's so chewy!" Gribenes Is fried chicken skin, while a Mohel performs circumcisions, making gribenes a reference to foreskin.
  • The film was originally suppose to be much darker, showing the toll a divorce can take on the children. It was ultimately decided to make the film more family friendly, and some of the more dramatic scenes were cut.
  • This was originally going to be a spinoff movie from Home Improvement. Home Improvement was doing so well, the studio executives thought maybe they should make a move based on it. The storyline was going to be that Jill and Tim got a divorce and the only way he could see his kids is if he disguised himself as a woman nanny.
  • The second-highest grossing film of 1993.
  • Daniel drives a, 1986 Chevrolet Caprice Estate.
  • Miranda drives a, 1993 Volvo 850 [854].
  • Stu drives a, 1993 Mercedes-Benz 400 E [W124].
  • Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire makes a crude joke to Stuart about sex using the phrase cunning linguistic. The same innuendo is reference in Tomorrow Never Dies which starts Pierce Brosnan (Stuart) as James Bond.
  • The second highest grossing film of 1993, just behind Jurassic Park (1993).
  • First film for Robin Williams in which he was also a producer.
  • Shot over a period of two and a half months.
  • This film plays on the E! and Freeform networks at least once a week.
  • His appearance in this film raised Pierce Brosnan's profile which had largely stagnated following the ending of his TV series Remington Steele (1982). Two years later, he would be cast as James Bond in GoldenEye (1995).
  • Robin Williams' brother plays the bartender in the pool scene.
  • Leslie Nielsen was considered for the role of Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire
  • On Mrs. Doubtfire's first day on the job, he's telling the kids (he's telling his own kids while dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire) to go do their homework, among other exhortations, he tells them to "Go, pump some neurons." 5 years later in Patch Adams, Patch is sitting in the University Diner with his new med school friend, Truman (played by Daniel London). Truman says he's "always been fascinated by the development of the human mind. Patch replies, "oh, pumping neurons."
  • An AT&T logo can be seen on the bottom of Sallly Fields telephone receiver as she talks with mrs. Doubtfire by phone for the first time.
  • The film was shot over 70 days with 40 being taken up with Robin's makeup which took 4 and a half hours to complete with work starting on him at 5 am so that he was ready for filming to start around 9.

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  • Mrs. Doubtfire is quietly singing "The Crying Game" as she walks up to Stu's Mercedes (the scene where she pulls the hood ornament off). The song is the theme from The Crying Game (1992), a movie that became famous (or notorious, depending on the viewer) for its surprise plot line about a transgender woman.
  • The producers fired the original screenwriter because of an "unhappy" ending, where the parents do not get back together. After several re-writes, with a different, "happy" ending, they realized that the original ending was, in fact, better, because they did not want to create the illusion that divorced parents will eventually get back together. They re-hired the original writer, and went back to the original ending.
  • When the mailman, "Mr. Sprinkles", visits Mrs. Doubtfire, when she has her own show at the end of the movie, he calls her "Mrs. Doubtflyer" when handing the mail to her, as a play on the words since he delivers mail and could have delivered a flyer as well.
  • Robin Williams and Paul Guilfoyle appeared in Cadillac Man (1990). Guilfoyle played the head chef at Bridges Restaurant. If you look carefully, you can spot him when Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire is in the kitchen putting pepper on Stu's jambalaya. In a deleted version of this scene, he catches Daniel/Mrs. Doubtfire in the act, the latter of whom hastily passes him/herself off as a well known chef doing a spot check on the jambalaya.
  • In the narrative behind why Daniel saves Stu in the restaurant scene. Daniel didn't think that the pepper would make Stu choke or possibly kill him and Daniel didn't want to kill Stu, just spoil his meal. When he saw Stu choking and Miranda's plead for help and realizing he had gone too far and what he has done, Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire decided to save Stu.
  • The film had could had a much different ending to the ending that was used in the final version.The film had could ended with the Judge having Daniel put in a mental hospital when he rewards full custody of the children to Miranda and sometime later, Jonathan Lundy pays Daniel a visit at the mental hospital and talks to him about Mrs. Doubfire and tells Daniel that he wants to do a children's TV show with Mrs. Doubtfire as the show's title character and that he wants Daniel to play her, which does happen in the movie. In the film, the Judge decides to have Daniel undergo psychological testing and treatment and Mrs. Doubtfire gets her own TV show. Although this ending would had been an depressing unhappy ending, eventually Jonathan Lundy visiting Daniel and talking to Daniel about a Mrs. Doubtfire TV show with Daniel as Mrs. Doubtfire would had been the pay off.
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