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An ultraconservative police officer (DeNiro) suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons – with the drag queen next door.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.2/10 (8,978 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Joel Schumacher

Stars: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller

Walt Koontz, a homophobic guy, ends up with paralyzed vocal cords because of an unfortunate stroke. His therapy includes receiving singing lessons from a neighbor who is not only openly flamboyant but also a pre-op transgenderist. Both of them are equally prejudiced; Koontz against homosexuals and the neighbor against close-minded straight people.


Robert De Niro

Walt Koontz

Philip Seymour Hoffman


Barry Miller

Leonard Wilcox

Chris Bauer


Skipp Sudduth


Wilson Jermaine Heredia


Nashom Benjamin

Amazing Grace

Scott Allen Cooper


Rory Cochrane


Daphne Rubin-Vega


Vincent Laresca

Raymond Camacho

Karina Arroyave


John Enos III


(as John Enos)

Jude Ciccolella

Detective Noonan

Mina Bern

Mrs. Spivak

They couldn't like each other less or need each other more.


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Release Date: 24 November 1999

Filming Locations: 211 Avenue A, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000


Opening Weekend: $1,590,155
(28 November 1999)
(478 Screens)

Gross: $4,485,485
(5 March 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Rusty's line, "It costs a lot to look this cheap," is also a personal quote attributed to Dolly Parton.


Factual errors:
A hemiplegic patient has a paralysis of one side and paralysis of the face on the other side which is not the case in this movie.


Rusty Zimmerman:
I'm his sister.

Walt Koontz:
He's my sister.

User Review

Awesome Acting 101


I am sorry to say that I saw this movie for the first time today. You know
they say hind sight is 20/20. I remember when the previews for the movie
were out and I thought that looks like a really great movie. It was an
incredible movie.

De Niro is exceptional as the homophobic former hero cop with a speech
impediment due to a stroke. Hoffman is wonderful as the singing drag queen.
The chemistry between the characters is true to life and heartfelt. When
they come together, we see that their dissimilar lives are not so dissimilar
at all. They are both overcoming some of the same trials and tribulations
just over different things. They develop an amazing bond that will help
them through the tough times.

A Flawlessly Beautiful Movie.