Mrs Doubtfire

Mrs Doubtfire

Chris Columbus (1993)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Adapted from Anne Fine's book Alias Madame Doubtfire, this knowing blend of comedy and common sense is family entertainment par excellence. Aided by Oscar-winning make-up, Robin Williams gives one of the performances of his career as an actor who disguises himself as a Scottish nanny to be close to his children after he splits from wife Sally Field. Director Chris Columbus should be given credit for reining in the Williams exuberance that often overbalances his pictures, while retaining enough of his quick-fire personality to ensure that just about every gag hits its target. Raising the occasional quizzical eyebrow in bewilderment, Pierce Brosnan also does well as the bachelor looking for a ready-made family, but Field overdoes the exasperation and the film's a lot more fun when she's not around. It's a little long and some scenes misfire, notably Williams's routine with the dinosaurs and the resultant TV show, but cracking set pieces, such as the make-up experiments and the series of table-hopping quick changes, more than make amends. No matter how many times you've seen it already, it's worth watching again just for Mara Wilson, playing one of the daughters, who was even more impressive in Danny DeVito's adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda.


A struggling actor's ambitious, no-nonsense wife throws him out and demands a divorce. Desperate to spend time with his children, he puts his talents to good use by donning drag and posing as a British housekeeper to get a job looking after them. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein and Mara Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Daniel Hillard/Mrs Euphegenia Doubtfire Robin Williams
Miranda Hillard Sally Field
Stu Dunmeyer Pierce Brosnan
Frank Hillard Harvey Fierstein
Nattie Hillard Mara Wilson
Lydie Hillard Lisa Jakub
Chris Hillard Matthew Lawrence
Gloria Chaney Polly Holliday
Director Chris Columbus
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray