The Secret Lives of Dentists

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The Secret Lives of Dentists
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alan Rudolph
Screenplay by Craig Lucas
Based on The Age of Grief
by Jane Smiley
Starring Campbell Scott
Hope Davis
Denis Leary
Release date
  • September 9, 2002 (2002-09-09) (Toronto International Film Festival)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3,707,201 (USA)

The Secret Lives of Dentists is a 2002 drama film directed by Alan Rudolph. The screenplay was written by Craig Lucas, based on the novella The Age of Grief by Jane Smiley. It was screened at several film festivals including Sundance and Cannes, and had a limited release in America on August 1, 2003.


David (Campbell Scott) and Dana Hurst (Hope Davis) are dentists who are married with three daughters and share a dental practice in Westchester County, New York. Dana is in the chorus of a community opera production, and when David goes backstage to give her a good luck charm, he sees her in the arms of another man. As he contemplates how to handle this, he begins having imaginary conversations with a difficult former patient (Denis Leary). When the whole family gets the flu, everything is brought to a head.



List of wins and nominations[edit]

Year Group Award Won? Notes
2004 Independent Spirit Award Best Supporting Female, Hope Davis No
2003 NYFCC Award Best Actress, Hope Davis Yes Also for American Splendor
Best Screenplay, Craig Lucas Yes

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