Bean (1997)

PG-13   |    |  Adventure, Comedy, Family

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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.




  • Tricia Vessey in Bean (1997)
  • Tricia Vessey in Bean (1997)
  • Peter Capaldi in Bean (1997)
  • Burt Reynolds in Bean (1997)
  • Rowan Atkinson in Bean (1997)
  • Tricia Vessey in Bean (1997)

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31 December 2006 | DVD_Connoisseur
Average but warm-hearted comedy
"Bean" is the average but warm-hearted, large screen adventure of Rowan Atkinson's bumbling but strangely likable character.

With a smörgåsbord of talent behind this film, there are a few genuine laughs but, sadly, they're few and far between. This film could have been so much better in the hands of another director. Mel Smith appears to have been on cruise-control making this movie. It's a case of comedy by numbers and the film never seems to shift gear.

The always amusing Peter MacNicol is excellent as the suffering David Langley and provides the perfect foil to Atkinson's Bean.

An average comedy movie, it's worth a viewing if there's nothing else on the television.

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Did You Know?


Mr. Bean's (Rowan Atkinson's) girlfriend Irma Gobb (Matilda Ziegler) from the television series does not appear in this movie nor its sequel. Mr. Bean's teddy is only seen at the end of this movie.


Lt. Brutus: His is a butt I would dearly love to kick. And next time I will!


When Mr. Bean unintentionally attracts the attention of two police officers at the airport they start to walk over to him. When they reach him one of the officers is different. The two officers then start to chase him and the original officer is back again.

Crazy Credits

Flashbacks of the movie appear at the beginning of the closing credits.

Alternate Versions

Noticeably, the turkey scene is different between the US and UK releases of the film. According to Rowan Atkinson on 'Bean Scenes Unseen', this was because of the very different reactions from the North American and European audiences.

  • On the US release, Bean has already taken the turkey out of the fridge when David walks into the kitchen. After finding nothing else in the fridge perfect for dinner, David tells Bean to stuff the turkey while he distracts Mr. Grierson and his wife. As in the episode "Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean", Bean proceeds to stuff the turkey with his bare hands, only to lose his watch in the turkey. He sticks his head inside the turkey, and then begins walking around with the turkey on his head. David pulls the turkey off Bean's head, and Bean pulls his watch out of his mouth. Then, they cram the turkey in the microwave. Dave suggests heating it for 20 minutes and does so. He then hands Bean a pot holder and tells him to cook up some veggies and come to say hello to the Griersons.
  • On the UK release, David enters the kitchen as he does in the US version. However, it cuts to Bean still rummaging through the fridge as David approaches him. Bean pulls out two hot dogs, but David suggests that the Griersons might be expecting something more formal, so Bean puts the hot dogs back. He then pulls out a raw onion, which David refuses. Bean hands the onion to David and then pulls the turkey out. After finding nothing else in the fridge, David asks Bean if he has ever cooked a turkey, and Bean says that he has. David than suggests that it could take 5 hours, to which Bean, getting an idea, replies, "Not necessarily!" They are then shown cramming the stuffed turkey in the microwave, but now, their roles are reversed, Bean has no traces of stuffing in his hair, and the microwave is a different model. After Bean starts the microwave, David asks Bean if he is sure it will work. Bean insists that he is the chef, so David tells him to cook up some veggies and come say hello, but does not hand him a pot holder.


I Get Around
Written by
Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Performed by The Beach Boys
Courtesy of Capitol Records
under license from EMI Capitol Music Special Markets


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Adventure | Comedy | Family

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,255,233 19 October 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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