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Drop Dead Gorgeous Details


So how far would you go to win a beauty pageant? That's the burning question of Drop Dead Gorgeous, in which the citizens of Mount Rose, Minnesota gear up for the year's biggest event, the Sarah Rose Miss Teen Princess America Pageant, in which Becky Leeman (Denise Richards) and Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst) are the contestants to beat. Becky's mother Gladys (Kirstie Alley), a former beauty queen herself, has instilled in her daughter a drive to succeed at any cost. And Gladys will do anything to help Becky's chances of success. Amber's mother Annette (Ellen Barkin) is devoted to her daughter but drinks, smokes, and swears like a sailor. And while Amber is ambitious and a skilled beautician (a talent that she uses in her part-time job at the local mortuary), her view of the pageant is pragmatic: while boys can get sports scholarships, this pageant may be her only ticket out of town. However, Amber and the other contestants may have underestimated just how badly Becky wants to win -- or just how good she is with a gun. Drop Dead Gorgeous was directed by Michael Patrick Jann, a founding member of the sketch comedy group The State (who had their own series on MTV), and written by Lorna Williams, a veteran of the beauty pageant circuit who claims that nearly everything in the film is based on an actual incident. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 12, 1999


Kirsten Dunst
as Amber Atkins
Ellen Barkin
as Annette Atkins
Allison Janney
as Loretta
Denise Richards
as Becky Leeman
Kirstie Alley
as Gladys Leeman
Brittany Murphy
as Lisa Swenson
Sam McMurray
as Lester Leeman
Tara Redepenning
as Molly Howard
Amy Adams
as Leslie Miller
Sara Stewart
as Jenelle Betz
Shannon Nelson
as Tess Weinhaus
Brooke Bushman
as Tammy Curry
Mindy Sterling
as Iris Clark
Matt Malloy
as John Dough
Michael McShane
as Harold Vilmes
Will Sasso
as Hank Vilmes
Lona Williams
Casey Garven
Nora Dunn
Mo Gaffney
Adam West
Richard Narita
Patti Yasutake
Seiko Matsuda
Thomas Lennon


Michael Patrick Jann
Gavin Pallone
Judy Hofflund
Lona Williams
Michael Spiller
Evyen Klean
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Mothersbaugh
Composer (Music Score)
Janice Hampton
David Codron
Ruth Ammon
Production Designer
Maria Baker
Art Director
Lona Williams
Executive Producer
Donna Langley
Executive Producer
Claire Rudnick Polstein
Executive Producer
Helen Britten
Set Designer
Mimi Melgaard
Costume Designer
Linda Brachman
First Assistant Director
John Papsidera