Bean (film)

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Bean
Bean movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mel Smith
Produced by Rowan Atkinson
Peter Bennet-Jones
Tim Bevan
Richard Curtis
Eric Fellner
Rebecca O'Brien
Written by Richard Curtis
Robin Driscoll
Starring Rowan Atkinson
Peter MacNicol
Burt Reynolds
Pamela Reed
Richard Gant
Music by Howard Goodall
Cinematography Francis Kenny
Edited by Christopher Blunden
Production
company
Working Title Films
Tiger Aspect Films
Distributed by PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (UK)
Gramercy Pictures (USA)
Release dates
  • 2 August 1997 (1997-08-02) (United Kingdom)
Running time
90 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $18 million
Box office $251.2 million[1]

Bean, also known as Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie or Mr. Bean: The Movie is a 1997 feature film based on the television series Mr. Bean. It stars Rowan Atkinson in the title role and Peter MacNicol. It was directed by Mel Smith, with whom Atkinson had previously worked on Not the Nine O'Clock News. The film re-used many of the ideas from the original television series, although it was set mainly in California.

Plot[edit]

Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is a security guard at the Royal National Gallery in London, though his reputation for sleeping on the job compels the board of directors to attempt to fire him, though they are thwarted by the chairman (Sir John Mills) who is sympathetic with him. In order to rid themselves of Bean, the board send him to Los Angeles to represent them at the unveiling of the portrait Whistler's Mother, which has been purchased for $50 million by the fictional Grierson Art Gallery with a grant from General Newton (Burt Reynolds), and the visit is arranged by the gallery's curator, David Langley (Peter MacNicol), who is impressed with the National Gallery's false profile of "Dr. Bean" and agrees to accommodate Bean in his house for two months, much to the chagrin of his wife Allison (Pamela Reed), son Kevin (Andrew Lawrence) and daughter Jennifer (Tricia Vessey), who subsequently leave for Allison's mother's house.

After some initial mishaps with the airport police and leaving the gallery's owner, Mr. Grierson (Harris Yulin) slightly doubtful about Bean's intelligence after meeting him in person, David begins to question his decision, and his worst fears are realised when Bean accidentally ruins the painting shortly after it arrives. Fearing that he will lose his job and possibly face criminal charges for the damage, David becomes despondent and gets drunk, even though his family returns out of pity. Bean, however, comes up with a plan to save David's career by sneaking into the gallery at night and replacing the damaged painting with a poster that he alters to make it resemble a genuine painting with egg whites and Allison's perfume. The plan works and the painting is a success, but Bean is unexpectedly called to give a speech about the painting with General Newton, countless journalists and reporters watching. Bean, however, manages to give a sentimental and deep monologue about the painting and wins the crowd's praise and approval.

Just then, however, David is visited by Lieutenant Brutus (whom Bean had crossed more than once earlier on) and is initially perplexed with the police presence, assuming that the police might have discovered the issue with the priceless painting. Brutus however tells David that his daughter Jennifer has been in a motorcycle accident. They rush to the hospital, but Brutus and the police stop prematurely to deal with a mugging, in which Brutus is shot. David shares an uneasy reunion with Allison beside the unconscious Jennifer's bed, while Bean is mistaken for a medical doctor and forced into a theatre to help remove the bullet from Brutus's chest, which he manages to do unorthodoxly. While still in the doctor's garments, Bean comes across David, who asks him to help awaken Jennifer. Once alone with Jennifer, Bean begins fooling around the room and accidentally manages to wake Jennifer. Bean uneasily reveals himself to David and Allison and asks that he be allowed to stay with them another week, which they gladly accept. Bean goes on to spend quality time with David and his family until he leaves.

Eventually, David takes Bean to the airport for his flight home, where they part ways as friends. Once at home in London, Bean takes one last look at his room, which he has decorated with photographs with the Langleys and the original Whistler's Mother that was damaged and then stowed away, before going to bed.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film was criticised for breaking with the program's tradition of having Mr. Bean as the centre of attention and for the alleged Americanisation required to sell it overseas (Bean also speaks intelligibly, albeit with apparent difficulty, as opposed to his frequent mumbling in the TV show).[2] However, the movie grossed over USD$250 million globally on a budget estimated at $18 million.[1] It was followed by a sequel in 2007 called Mr. Bean's Holiday.[3]

The film holds a 42% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 5.3/10 based on 31 reviews.[4] The film holds a score of 52 on Metacritic based on 20 reviews.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's original score was by Howard Goodall, who had also written the music for the television series, although the original Mr. Bean theme was not used. Other non-original songs were also featured, in particular The Beatles' "Yesterday" (sung by Wet Wet Wet).

The CD soundtrack also featured a song not used in the film, a cover of the Alice Cooper song "Elected" (from the Billion Dollar Babies album) performed by famed Iron Maiden lead singer and Heavy metal icon Bruce Dickinson which features sound dubs of Mr. Bean making campaign promises. This had been used for Comic Relief in 1992.

Boyzone also released a song for the film, entitled "Picture of You".

List of songs performed by various artists[edit]

  1. I Love L.A.
    Performed by: OMC
  2. Picture Of You
    Performed by: Boyzone
  3. I Get Around
    Performed by: The Beach Boys
  4. Walking On Sunshine
    Performed by: Katrina And The Waves
  5. Yesterday
    Performed by: Wet Wet Wet
  6. Running Back For More
    Performed by: Louise
  7. That Kinda Guy
    Performed by: Thomas Jules-Stock
  8. Give Me A Little More Time
    Performed by: Gabrielle
  9. He's A Rebel
    Performed by: Alisha's Attic
  10. Stuck In The Middle With You
    Performed by: Susanna Hoffs
  11. Art For Art's Sake
    Performed by: 10cc
  12. Have Fun Go Mad
    Performed by: Blair
  13. Can We Talk (Pure Radio Mix)
    Performed by: Code Red
  14. Bean Theme (Mad Pianos)
    Performed by: Howard Goodall
  15. Elected
    Performed by: Mr. Bean and The Smear Campaign featuring Bruce Dickinson

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bean". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Review at Allmovie by Karl Williams, URL accessed July 29, 2006
  3. ^ Bean 2 at the official Mr. Bean site, URL accessed July 29th, 2006]
  4. ^ "Bean (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Time Warner. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bean reviews on Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Box office number-one films of 1997 (UK)
August 3, 1997
Succeeded by
Men in Black