Mrs. Doubtfire

Still of Robin Williams, Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawrence and Mara Wilson in Mrs. Doubtfire


After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend secret time with his children held in custody by his Ex.

Release Year: 1993

Rating: 6.6/10 (79,161 voted)

Critic's Score: 53/100

Chris Columbus

Stars: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan

Out of work father Daniel Hilliard find himself suddenly divorced without custody of his kids. To solve this problem, he disguises himself as an old Scottish nanny to get hired by his ex-wife and be closer to his kids.

Writers: Anne Fine, Randi Mayem Singer


Robin Williams

Daniel Hillard
Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire

Sally Field

Miranda Hillard

Pierce Brosnan


Harvey Fierstein


Polly Holliday


Lisa Jakub

Lydia Hillard

Matthew Lawrence

Chris Hillard

Mara Wilson

Natalie Hillard

Robert Prosky

Mr. Lundy

Anne Haney

Mrs. Sellner

Scott Capurro


Sydney Walker

Bus Driver

Martin Mull

Justin Gregory

Terence McGovern

A.D.R. Director Lou

Karen Kahn

Female Employee #1

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

Release Date: 24 November 1993

Filming Locations: 100 Embarcadero Street, San Francisco, California, USA

Gross: $423,200,000

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Known for his trademark spontaneity of improvisation, Robin Williams was given free range by director Chris Columbus to do what he needed. However, his improvisation can occasionally spark off numerous references to other works that prove to be legal headaches for movie studios. The scene where Daniel speaks with his wife and refers to her clothes as "this lovely
Dances with Wolves motif", required legal clearance for the studio to put it in the film. Associate producer Paula DuPré Pesmen later kept track of every reference Williams made while improvising.


When Stu is at the restaurant we see him place a shrimp in his mouth, and chew it thoroughly. Moments later he begins to choke and Mrs. Doubtfire helps him. But when he coughs out the shrimp, it is whole.


Mrs. Doubtfire:
Alright everybody, it's time to expand your minds, it's…
[turns off the TV]

Mrs. Doubtfire:
Homework time. Okay?

[turns the TV back on with the remote]
Yeah, but after Dick Van Dyke.

Mrs. Doubtfire:
[turns off the TV]
No. Now.

[turns the TV back on]

We always watch Dick Van Dyke.

Mrs. Doubtfire:
Really? Well, not any more.
[takes the remote control from Lydia and throws it in the air. It lands straight into the aquarium]


User Review

funny and wonderful movie!


Many people say that "Mrs.Doubtfire" is one of the funniest movies ever
made in the U.S. I agree with the above idea for the following two
reasons. First,performance of the voice of Robin Williams is very
wonderful.For example, he uses a lot of funny ad lib in the stand-in of
animation in the first scene. Second, Robin Williams and Sally Field as
well as the three children act very delightfully though the movie deals
with a rather serious theme—warmth and importance of family. Some
people say Sally Field doesn't act well in this movie. But, I think
that she acts a role of a wife whom is worried about her husband
excelentlly. We feel big love of both father and mother toward
children. It is not only a real funny comedy but also a real wonderful
family movie.