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The Big Tease (1999)

R | | Comedy | 28 January 2000 (USA)
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Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Ferguson ... Crawford Mackenzie
Chris Langham ... BBC Interviewer
David Rasche ... Stig
Frances Fisher ... Candy
Mary McCormack ... Monique
Donal Logue ... Eamonn
Isabella Aitken Isabella Aitken ... Mrs. Beasie Mackenzie
Kevin Allen ... Gareth Trundle
Angela McCluskey ... Senga Magoogan
Francine York ... Elegant Woman
David Hasselhoff ... David Hasselhoff
Drew Carey ... Drew Carey
Cathy Lee Crosby ... Cathy Lee Crosby
Caitlyn Jenner ... Bruce Jenner (as Bruce Jenner)
Nina Siemaszko ... Betty Fuego
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Flamboyant Glasgow hairdresser, Crawford Mackinzie, gets a letter from the World Hairdresser International Federation inviting him to its prestigious annual contest in L.A. Filmmaker Martin Samuels is making a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Crawford; he and the crew go too. After maxing out his credit card at the Century Plaza Hotel, Crawford discovers he's been invited to participate in the audience, not the contest; he tries every angle imaginable to get in the competition: he phones fellow Scot Sean Connery, he gets a union card, he asks the reigning champion for help, and he connects with Connery's publicist, who's having a bad hair day. Will he succeed, for the little people? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He saw. He combed. He conquered.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Warner Bros

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Je M'Appelle Crawford See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,010, 30 January 2000

Gross USA:

$187,152

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,152
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The script was snapped up by Warner Brothers after a five-day bidding war. See more »

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Crawford rents a car that was apparently stolen from a Korean cook named Chokko. When Crawford visits Chokko's house, the camera pans and reveals a sign above the doorway on the ground floor displaying what seems to be 'Asian' characters. However, it's neither Korean nor any other Asian language. The characters are entirely fictitious. See more »

Quotes

Crawford Mackenzie: Sorry, Candy. I adore you, I really do. It's just that I prefer my women with a penis.
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Spoofs Braveheart (1995) See more »

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My Boy Lollipop
Written by Johnny Roberts and Morris Levy
Performed by Millie Small
Courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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The Big Tease parallels Craig's experience: Spoiler Alert
29 October 2005 | by dshendersonSee all my reviews

I loved "The Big Tease." I have watched it several times, and find it more entertaining each time. I recently read a quote of Craig Ferguson's in a Reel.com interview, saying that the movie somewhat parallels his experience in Hollywood. He said, "it is an exact mirror image of the show business that I know. I believe that the story in the movie is my story in America," and when asked how Crawford's experience in America paralleled with his own, Craig replied, "It's exactly the same...it is very similar to my own experience. That is where the story comes from." I watched the movie today for the first time since reading these comments, which Craig made about 7 years ago, and find that there are more similarities than he could have foreseen at the time. Part of the sharp satire on insider Hollywood revolves around getting a break because of whom you know. In the movie, Crawford comes to L.A. as a well-established hairstylist in Scotland (the "Red Adair of hair"), and manages to connect with the right people, beginning with Eamon the limo driver and Candy the publicist, which in turn leads to a series of connections with other key people and opportunities: an amusement park animal costume fur-dressing gig, the continuing antagonistic yet crucial interactions with Monique and Stig, a lunch date with Drew Carey that takes Crawford's credibility to the next level, and a meeting with the Senator who finally allows him to compete in the W.H.I.F Hair-Off. Throughout these events and introductions, Crawford must pay his dues, often feeling humiliated in the process, yet always managing to make the best of the situation. I don't pretend to know all the details of Craig's rise to fame, but he was already an established comedian well-known in the U.K., then came to the U.S. and obscurity. After paying his dues here and there, he got a break as Mr. Wick on "The Drew Carey Show." Drew Carey is the equivalent of Candy in this movie, giving stability to Craig's career, and enough required time on the set but not in front of the camera to begin writing, thus marking his breakthrough into the roles of writer, producer, and finally director with the critically acclaimed "I'll Be There." Craig Ferguson's big break as host of CBS's "The Late Late Show" is similar to Crawford's walk-on success in the competition for the Platinum Scissors award. Craig has not yet been crowned the king of late-night, but I have a feeling that some of the other late-night hosts are feeling very much the same as the other three Hair-Off competitors, wondering, "Who is this Scottish guy, and who could have guessed he had so much talent?" One interesting scene in particular shows the obvious pride Crawford feels when he finally obtains his H.A.G. card, a pride which Craig will soon share when he obtains a U.S. passport upon becoming a citizen of his adopted country. The parallels to Craig's current situation are easy to see, and I think that "The Big Tease" may portend the huge success that Craig has yet to attain in Hollywood and with the ranks of late-night fans. Like Crawford, Craig is determined to reach the pinnacle of his profession, and he has forced industry insiders to sit up and take notice of him. Just like Crawford, Craig was born to this.


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