The Whole Nine Yards

February 18th, 2000


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Natasha Henstridge as CynthiaNatasha Henstridge as CynthiaGarcelle Beauvais at event of The Whole Nine YardsMichael Clarke Duncan as Frankie FigsBruce Willis as Jimmy Matthew Perry as Nick

Nick is a struggling dentist in Canada. A new neighbor moves in, and he discovers that it is Jimmy "The Tulip" Teduski. His wife convinces him to go to Chicago and inform the mob boss who wants Jimmy dead.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 6.6/10 (54,363 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Jonathan Lynn

Stars: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Rosanna Arquette

Oz is a Montréal dentist, paying off debts so he can divorce his wife: the dislike is mutual. When she learns their new neighbor is hit man Jimmy the Tulip, with a price on his head, she sends Oz to Chicago to earn a finder's fee telling Mob boss Yanni where to find Jimmy. To get his wife off his back, Oz goes, his assistant Jill urging him to get laid while there. One of Yanni's men awaits Oz at the hotel; Oz's now in too deep to avoid telling Yanni what he knows. Meanwhile, Oz's wife rats on Oz to Jimmy, hoping Jimmy will kill Oz and she can cash in on life insurance. Oz meets Jimmy's wife (Yanni's captive), flips for her, and the double-crosses mount. Even Jill isn't whom she seems.

Bruce Willis - Jimmy 'The Tulip' Tudeski
Matthew Perry - Nicholas 'Oz' Oseransky
Rosanna Arquette - Sophie Oseransky
Michael Clarke Duncan - Franklin 'Frankie Figs' Figueroa
Natasha Henstridge - Cynthia Tudeski
Amanda Peet - Jill St. Claire
Kevin Pollak - Janni Pytor Gogolak
Harland Williams - Special Agent Steve Hanson
Carmen Ferland - Sophie's Mom (as Carmen Ferlan)
Serge Christianssens - Mr. Boulez
Renee Madeline Le Guerrier - Waitress (as Renée Madelaine Le Guerrier)
Jean-Guy Bouchard - Mover
Howard Bilerman - Dave Martin
Johnny Goar - Hungarian Hood
Deano Clavet - Polish Pug

Taglines: In the heart of suburbia, a hit man with heart has just moved in.


Official Website: Warner Bros. |

Release Date: 18 February 2000

Filming Locations: 297 Rue Marcel-Giguère, Blainville, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $24,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,915,676 (USA) (20 February 2000) (2910 Screens)

Gross: $57,262,492 (USA) (14 May 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

When Volkswagen was approached about a product placement in the movie for its new Beetle, they said they would only pay if a male character drove the car, because there are already plenty of women who want to drive the new VW Beetles. However, it was decided that it was such a perfect car for Sophie to drive that they would use it anyway, even though Volkswagen didn't pay them.

Continuity: When Oz first confronts Jimmy as he is moving in, Jimmy's glasses appear and disappear from the front of his shirt.

[at the bank, Jill proposes double-crossing Jimmy, splitting the money, and running]
Jill St. Claire: What do you think?
Cynthia: I think... I know, that if we did, Jimmy would kill Oz.
Jill St. Claire: So what? Think about it, Cynthia. We're talking about five million dollars each, here.
Cynthia: [realizes] The thing is... I think I love him.
Jill St. Claire: You think? Sweetheart, for five million dollars, you'd better be damn sure!
Cynthia: [smiles] I am. I'm sorry, but... I love him.
Jill St. Claire: You do?
Cynthia: [laughs] Yeah.
Jill St. Claire: [grins back] That's the right answer.

User Review

Gee, everyone is so sensitive to a mob comedy!

Rating: 7/10

Judging from the comments below, I guess being a hitman is not much to laugh at...and the term 'black comedy' doesn't come to anyone's mind? Does that extend to the fact that without George Raft going after Jack Lemmon & Tony Curtis in "Some Like It Hot", they would have no reason to meet Marilyn, get on a train to Miami, etc. etc. ??

Of course its not funny in real life that people get killed. But this comedy starring Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry is very well done and had me laughing about it even when it was over. It was so over the top and so overpopulated with killers and gangsters and contract killings that at times its hard to remember what's going on and who is out to kill whom, but it does not matter at all since its all in fun.

I do not like either of the leads, generally speaking. I liked about five out of all Bruce Willis' movies and Perry I've seen on his tv show and enjoyed him but never really thought about him much. In this they are both very well cast and when they strike up a friendship, its believable. Willis does not do a 'goombah, fuggetaboutit' attitude or accent, thankfully, even though his character has an Italian surname, and does not mug for the audience at all.

Amanda Peet is very funny as a wanna-be hitwoman and a fan of the real killers, and Michael Clarke Duncan is also very funny.

Only downside is Rosanna Arquette - bad casting choice here! Maybe someone owed her a favor. Ironically, she is not one of the people who has a contract out on her, though God knows she's annoying enough for one.