November 7th, 1997


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The bumbling Mr. Bean travels to America when he is given the responsibility of bringing a highly valuable painting to a Los Angeles museum.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 5.9/10 (37,263 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Mel Smith

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, John Mills

Bean works as a caretaker at Britain's formidable Royal National Gallery, and his bosses want to fire him because he sleeps at work all the time, but can't because the chairman of the gallery's board defends him. They send him to USA, to the small Los Angeles art gallery instead, where he'll have to officiate at the opening of the greatest US picture ever (called "Whistler's Mother").

Writers: Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis

Rowan Atkinson - Mr. Bean
Peter MacNicol - David Langley
John Mills - Chairman (as Sir John Mills)
Pamela Reed - Alison Langley
Harris Yulin - George Grierson
Burt Reynolds - General Newton
Larry Drake - Elmer
Danny Goldring - Security Buck
Johnny Galecki - Stingo Wheelie
Chris Ellis - Det. Butler
Andrew Lawrence - Kevin Langley
Peter Egan - Lord Walton
Peter Capaldi - Gareth
June Brown - Delilah
Peter James - Dr. Rosenblum

Taglines: Be afraid, be very afraid, Mr. Bean has a passport.

Release Date: 7 November 1997

Filming Locations: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: £2,563,326 (UK) (3 August 1997) (345 Screens)

Gross: $232,000,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Canada: (DVD version)

Did You Know?

This was the first movie ever to gross $100m before being released in the U.S.

Factual errors: In the bar scene, a baseball game is on television. However, in the turkey scene, David says the turkey is for thanksgiving. Thanksgiving happens in November, and the MLB season ends in October.

Mr. Bean: [at the virtual rollercoaster ride talking to David] Brace yourself!

User Review

British farce at its finest!


This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, and in my opinion it is among the ranks of the legendary Monty Python.

"Bean" is about the infamous Mr.Bean, a lazy buffoon who manages to cause problems in even the simplest of tasks. In this movie, he works at an Art Gallery and the management desperately want to get rid of him. Rather than fire him, they send him to Los Angeles to unveil the painting, "Whistler's Mother". An American named David Langley allows Mr.Bean to stay in his house during his visit against the will of his family. This turns out to be a huge mistake.

This movie is roll-out-of-your-chair-laughing funny. Rowan Atkinson's acting is beyond excellent, and all of the other characters are good as well.

The only thing I can find to nitpick about this movie is that there is not a very strong plot. The movie is basically a line of connected humor skits. I personally do not mind this too much, but if you are looking for a movie with a story that can be made into a book, look elsewhere.

If you enjoyed the Mr.Bean series and like "disaster" movies, this is the perfect movie for you!