Bean (film)

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Bean movie poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mel Smith
Produced by
Written by
Based on Mr. Bean
by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson
Music by Howard Goodall
Cinematography Francis Kenny
Edited by Christopher Blunden
Distributed by
Release date
  • 2 August 1997 (1997-08-02) (United Kingdom)
  • 7 November 1997 (1997-11-07) (United States)
Running time
90 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English
Budget $18 million
Box office $251.2 million[1]

Bean (also known as Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie or Bean: The Movie) is a 1997 comedy 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. The film used many of the ideas and skits from the original television series. In 2007, it was followed by a sequel, called Mr. Bean's Holiday.[2]


Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is a well meaning, but hopelessly clumsy, goofy and destructive security guard at the National Gallery in London. The board of directors for the gallery, who despise Bean for sleeping on the job, fail to fire him due to the chairman (Sir John Mills) threatening repercussions. The board immediately decides on a different course of action and has him represent them during the transfer of the portrait Whistler's Mother to the Grierson Art Gallery in Los Angeles, following its purchase by philanthropist General Newton (Burt Reynolds) for $50 million. The curator of the Grierson, David Langley (Peter MacNicol), impressed with the false profile of "Dr. Bean", agrees to accommodate him at his house for two months, much to the chagrin of his wife Alison (Pamela Reed). After Bean causes some initial mishaps with the airport police and breaking a family heirloom, Alison leaves for her mother's house with son Kevin (Andrew Lawrence) and daughter Jennifer (Tricia Vessey).

David soon begins to question Bean's intelligence after he suggests they head to a theme park and causes mayhem with a ride, which gets him arrested, and later messes up a dinner with the gallery's owner, George Grierson (Harris Yulin). When David questions Bean, he finds out that Bean is not a doctor after all. His worst fears are soon 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.

To save his career, Bean sneaks back into the gallery, distracts the guard by lacing his drink with laxatives, and replaces the ruined painting with a poster. The plan proves a success on the next day, fooling everyone including Newton. Bean nearly panics when he realises he has to make a speech, but gives an improvised, sentimental and deep monologue about the painting that wins the crowd's praise and approval.

Shortly after the speech, Bean is approached by Lieutenant Brutus, whom he crossed paths with, leaving David worried that he knows the truth about the priceless painting's mishap, only to learn from him that Jennifer was rushed to hospital after being involved in a motorcycle accident while with her boyfriend. Rushing to the hospital, David goes to be with his wife, leaving Bean to wander about the hospital's reception area. Bean is then mistaken for an actual doctor after picking up a stethoscope that had been dropped and for having a nametag on him saying "Dr. Bean." Forced into a surgery room, he finds himself coming across Brutus on the operating table, having been shot while dealing with a mugging, whereupon he manages to recover the bullet in his body via an unorthodox procedure, saving his life. Leaving the police officer to recover, Bean ends up being mistaken by David for a doctor, who begs for his help, leaving him alone with Jennifer, whom he revives from a coma after he accidentally shocks himself with a defibrillator and lands on her. Grateful for having their daughter back, David and Alison are surprised when Bean reveals his true identity. At Bean's suggestion, they repay him by allowing him to stay with them for another week.

After spending quality time with David's family, Bean soon returns to the airport, thanking David for the time he spent, before returning to London. Once home, Bean admires his room, decorated with photographs of the Langley family, before taking a final look at the ruined, original Whistler's Mother he smuggled back with him, and then going to bed.



Deleted and alternate scenes[edit]

The North American release differs from the international release, as it includes an additional scene:

  • David suggests Bean stuffs the turkey while he distracts the Griersons during the dinner party. While stuffing Bean loses his watch and puts his head inside but gets stuck, in a reference to Merry Christmas Mr. Bean, and has the turkey pulled off by David.[3][4]

The international release includes two alternate scenes on either side of the deleted turkey scene to explain its absence:

  • When searching the refrigerator Bean finds two frankfurters but David thinks the Griersons are expecting something slightly more formal. Bean then finds the onion, later offered as the appetizer, then the turkey. Unable to find something else David asks Bean if he ever cooked a turkey before to which he replies 'Ah yes'. David points out that it would take about five hours to which Bean replies 'Not necessarily'.
  • As they shove the turkey into the microwave oven a role is reversed in which Bean, instead of David, suggests running it for 20 minutes. In this scene Bean's hair is clean having not literally 'had the turkey on'.[5]

According to Rowan Atkinson, in the documentary Bean Scenes Unseen, the reason for the difference is the very different reactions from the American and European audiences in the test screenings.[3]


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 is called Dr. Bean as opposed to Mr. Bean and also speaks intelligibly, albeit with apparent difficulty, as opposed to his frequent mumbling in the television show). However, the movie grossed over US$250 million globally on a budget estimated at $18 million.[1]

The film holds an approval rating of 41% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 5.3/10.[6] The film holds a score of 52 on Metacritic based on 20 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7]


Bean the Album cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 1 August 1997
Label Mercury Records
Producer Various artists
Singles from Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie Soundtrack
  1. "Picture of You"
    Released: 21 July 1997

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 features the OMC cover of I Love L.A. despite the original by Randy Newman being the version in the film. The album also features 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".

Track listing of CD release
1."Picture Of You"Boyzone3:27
2."I Get Around"The Beach Boys2:17
3."Walking On Sunshine"Katrina and the Waves3:51
4."Yesterday"Wet Wet Wet2:55
5."Running Back For More"Louise3:44
6."That Kinda Guy"Thomas Jules-Stock3:37
7."Give Me a Little More Time"Gabrielle4:02
8."I Love L.A." (version not in the film)OMC4:07
9."He's A Rebel"Alisha's Attic2:26
10."Stuck in the Middle with You"Susanna Hoffs4:04
11."Art For Art's Sake"10cc4:19
12."Have Fun Go Mad"Blair3:39
13."Can We Talk (Pure Radio Mix)"Code Red4:03
14."Bean Theme (Mad Pianos)"Howard Goodall3:01
15."Elected"Mr. Bean and The Smear Campaign featuring Bruce Dickinson4:32


  1. ^ a b "Bean". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bean 2 at the official Mr. Bean site". Archived from the original on 16 May 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Bean Scenes Unseen (reference starts 8:35 into the video)". You Tube. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Bean (7/12) Movie CLIP - Stuffing the Turkey (1997) HD". You Tube. Retrieved 29 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Bean. Turkey". You Tube. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  6. ^ "Bean (1997)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 30 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "Bean Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 

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