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Poster for Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Directed by

    Chris Columbus

  • Screenplay by

    Randy Mayem Singer and Leslie Dixon

  • Produced by

    Robin Williams, Marsha Garces Williams and Mark Radcliff

  • Music Composed by

    Howard Shore

  • Theatrical Release Date

    November 24, 1993

  • DVD Release Date

    March 4, 2008 (Behind-the-Seams Edition)

  • Blu-ray Release Date

    May 13, 2008

  • Production Companies

    Blue Wolf Productions, 20th Century Fox

  • Distribution Company

    20th Century Fox

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire

  • Sally Field

    Miranda Hillard

  • Harvey Fierstein

    Frank Hillard

  • Pierce Brosnan

    Stuart Dunmeyer

  • Polly Holliday

    Gloria Chaney

  • Anne Haney

    Mrs. Sellner

  • Lisa Jakub

    Lydia Hillard

  • Matthew Lawrence

    Christopher Hillard

  • Mara Wilson

    Natalie Hillard


How far would an ordinary father go to spend more time with his children? Daniel Hillard is no ordinary father, so when he learns his ex-wife needs a housekeeper, he applies for the job. With the perfect wig, a little make-up and a dress for all occasions, he becomes Mrs. Doubtfire, a devoted British housekeeper who is hired on the spot. Free to be the 'woman' he never knew he could be, the disguised Daniel creates a whole new life with his entire family.


Interview / Make up tests


  • Daniel

    Well, in the words of Porky Pig, p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-piss off, Lou.

  • Daniel

    Ja, my name is Ilse Himmelman and I want to know how many children do you have?

  • Miranda

    I have two girls and a boy.

  • Daniel

    Ah, a boy. I don't work with the males 'cause I used to be one.

  • Daniel

    If I find the misogynistic bastard that invented heels, I'll kill him.

  • Daniel

    Newspaper? You taking out one of those personal ads? It's "DWF seeks WWM with BMW with light B&D".

  • Daniel

    May I see the ad? Miranda, just let me look at the ad. I have a right as their father, please?

  • Miranda

    Anything else you want to see?

  • Daniel

    Are you offering?

  • Miranda

    Not any more.

  • Daniel

    What's the change?

  • Mrs. Sellner

    As a court liaison I will be looking at two things--your living environment.

  • Daniel

    It's more like a habitat, really.

  • Mrs. Sellner

    And I will be coming by on Monday and Friday evenings to inspect it.

  • Daniel

    Well, I'll put on the chicken.

  • Mrs. Sellner

    And of course, there's always the job issue. This is the nearest employment office. I've taken the liberty of making an appointment for you.

  • Daniel

    Thank you.

  • Mrs. Sellner

    Oh, by the way, do you have any special skills?

  • Daniel

    Oh, yes, I do. I do voices.

  • Mrs. Sellner

    What do you mean, "you do voices"?

  • Daniel

    Well, I do voices. Yes!
    We've come to this planet looking for intelligent life. Oops, we made a mistake.
    Happy to be in America, don't ask for a green card.
    And I want you in the worst way.
    Well, it's a silently rough meeting and it's not going very well for me, I'll tell you that. Hey boss, give it a chance, she's gonna loosen up any moment.
    Look at me right now, Henny Penny. I want to undo that bow and get to know you.
    I'm crazy to make a deal with you.
    Nancy and I are still looking for the other half of my head.
    This is it. I'm doing it. I'm sitting on a goldmine.
    Don't make me smack you, sweetheart. Or I'll do it.
    I do a great impression of a hotdog.

  • Mrs. Sellner

    Mr. Hillard, do you consider yourself humorous?

  • Daniel

    I used to. There was a time when I found myself funny... but today you've proven me wrong. Thank you.

  • Daniel

    How's the old battle-ax... Mom?

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    I hope you're up for a little competition.

  • Stuart

    I beg your pardon?

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    She's got a power tool in the bedroom, dear. It's her personal jackhamer. She could break sidewalks with that thing. She uses it, and the lights dim. Like a prison movie. Amazed she hasn't chipped her teeth.

Fun Fact

During filming, Robin would often walk unnoticed around the streets of San Francisco made up as Mrs. Doubtfire. He'd go into sex shops and ask in his old-lady voice for certain tapes and "tools."

Mrs. Doubtfire interview

The Collectors' Edition Laserdisc of Mrs. Doubtfire contains an interview where Robin interviews Mrs. Doubtfire. Here's a transcript of that interview:

  • Robin

    Hello, my name is Robin Williams and I'm here with a very special guest. On the set of a new movie, Mrs. Doubtfire, and here's the star herself: Euphegenia Doubtfire.

  • Robin

    What are the reasons why you applied for this job?

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    It's something exciting you know!

  • Robin

    You have very large hands. Has it affected your performance in any way?

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    Oh, no dear. You know what they say: "Big hands, big gloves. Big head, Big hat." I don't know where I come up with that.

  • Robin

    Well, big bones.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    Big boned, that's what my mother said: "Euphy, you're big-boned."

  • Robin

    How did you like working with Chris Columbus?

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    Oh my God, he's such a young man. I don't know whether to work with him or nurse him. He's just so young. I don't even know if he drives, you know. He probably just sits on a phonebook. I don't know. You just want to go: "Where is your mommy?"

  • Robin

    Did you like working with Sally Field?

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    Any moment I'd expect her to take off. I don't know if she was a nun or a sybil. Shhh, let me finish.

  • Robin

    Let me finish.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    She's so good.

  • Robin

    All of those parts... she's astonishing.

  • Robin

    And the children, did you like to work with these fabulous young child-actors?

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    The children are magnificent. They're all just so right.

  • Robin

    Now for the really loaded question. How did you like working with me?

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    How did I like working with you? Well, you're disturbed, really. What can I say: "better late than never."

  • Robin

    You're not in great shape yourself anymore.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    I've seen you lookng with envy at my shoes, and... my bra.

  • Robin

    Waiting for you all that time. I don't know what you do for 4 hours.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    I can sense it in your eyes.

  • Robin

    Fine, all right!

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    You're very unusual, I think very gifted in many ways. You're very gifted for what you do.

  • Robin

    Well, thank you. Thank you very much.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    Commit. You only have to do one take. Find what you want to do and do it. Not a hundred different things. It's funny I'm talking to you like this.

  • Robin

    That is certainly the case.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    I feel like your mother, I want to nurse you... maybe it's because of these...

  • Robin

    Is she something, or what!

  • Robin

    What is it you can give us by way of beauty tips? Things that make you feel more you?

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    Yeah. Shave as often as possible.

  • Robin

    Thank you for being here today with us. You, me, whoever we are.

  • Mrs. Doubtfire

    Oh God, we'll come back later then. This has been quite lovely. God bless you.

  • Robin

    We'll be right back with a live interview with Charlton Heston and his hair. Thank you.



She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She's a blessing... in disguise.

She will rock your world.

Filming Info

  • Dates

    March 22, 1993 - June 1, 1993

  • Locations

    San Francisco, CA (2640 Steiner Street)
    Redwood City, CA (Court House)
    Oakland, CA
    Danville, CA
    San Ramon, CA

International Release Dates

  • Argentina

    January 4, 1994

  • Australia

    January 11, 1994

  • South Korea

    January 22, 1994

  • Germany
    Hong Kong

    January 27, 1994

  • UK

    January 28, 1994

  • Spain

    February 4, 1994

  • France

    February 9, 1994

  • Denmark

    February 11, 1994

  • Finland

    February 18, 1994

  • Netherlands

    February 24, 1994

  • Japan

    April 16, 1994

International Titles

  • Argentina / Peru / Venezuela

    Papá por siempre

  • Russia

    Миссис Даутфайр

  • Slovenia

    Gospa Doubtfire - ocka v krilu

  • Serbia

    Gospodja Daubtfajer

  • Israel

    Gveret Doubtfire

  • Greece

    Ka Doubtfire

  • Canada

    Madame Doubtfire (French title)

  • Estonia

    Meie issi, proua Doubtfire

  • France

    Mme Doubtfire

  • Germany

    Mrs. Doubtfire - Das stachelige Hausmädchen (DVD title)
    Mrs. Doubtfire - Das stachelige Kindermädchen

  • Italy

    Mrs. Doubtfire - Mammo per sempre

  • Finland

    Mrs. Doubtfire - isä sisäkkönä

  • Poland

    Pani Doubtfire

  • Portugal

    Papá para Sempre

  • Spain

    Señora Doubtfire, papá de por vida

  • Brazil

    Uma Babá Quase Perfeita

  • Sweden

    Välkommen mrs. Doubtfire


This title is available on:

DVD Extra Features

  • Over 30 minutes of deleted scenes
  • On-camera interviews with Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Chris Columbus, animator Chuck Jones
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of make-up tests and application
  • Storyboards and animation pencil tests

Box Office

  • Budget


  • Gross

    $219,195,243 (USA)
    $222,000,000 (international)
    $441,195,243 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    $20,468,847 (1,605 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    2,354 theaters


  • Academy Awards

    Won - 1994 - Best Makeup

  • American Comedy Award

    Won - 1994 - Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Robin)

  • British Academy Award

    Nom - 1995 - Best Makeup/Hair

  • Casting Society of America

    Nom - 1994 - Best Casting for Feature Film - Comedy

  • Golden Globes

    Won - 1994 - Best Motion Picture
    Won - 1994 - Best Performance by an Actor (Robin)

  • MTV Movie Awards

    Won - 1994- Best Comedic Performance (Robin)
    Nom - 1994 - Best Male Performance (Robin)

  • People's Choice Award

    Won - 1994 - Favorite Comedy Motion Picture

  • Young Artists Awards

    Nom - 1995 - Best Family Motion Picture
    Nom - 1995 - Best Performance by a Young Actor (Matthew Lawrence)
    Nom - 1995 - Best Performance by a Young Actress (Lisa Jakub)

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