Mixed Nuts

December 21st, 1994


Mixed Nuts

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Still of Steve Martin, Juliette Lewis, Adam Sandler, Madeline Kahn and Anthony LaPaglia in Mixed NutsStill of Anthony LaPaglia in Mixed NutsStill of Juliette Lewis and Madeline Kahn in Mixed NutsStill of Adam Sandler in Mixed NutsStill of Liev Schreiber in Mixed NutsStill of Juliette Lewis in Mixed Nuts

The events focus around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 5.0/10 (5,113 voted)

Critic's Score: 14/100

Director: Nora Ephron

Stars: Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein

Philip runs a crisis hotline with Catherine and Mrs Munchnik. That's the easy part, now it gets tricky... Stanley loves evicting people and he evicts Philip. Philip loves helping people and he is loved by Catherine. Catherine is loved by Louie who loves writing songs. Chris loves dancing to songs and loves to wear large dresses. Gracie also loves to wear large dresses because she's pregnant. She loves the baby's father, Felix, who loves to paint. That just leaves Mrs. Munchnik who hasn't been loved by anybody in a very long time.

Writers: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron

Steve Martin - Philip
Madeline Kahn - Mrs. Munchnik
Robert Klein - Mr. Lobel
Anthony LaPaglia - Felix
Juliette Lewis - Gracie
Rob Reiner - Dr. Kinsky
Adam Sandler - Louie
Liev Schreiber - Chris
Rita Wilson - Catherine
Parker Posey - Rollerblader
Jon Stewart - Rollerblader
Joely Fisher - Susan
Steven Randazzo - Detective
Christine Cavanaugh - Police
Henry Brown - Police

Taglines: A Comedy On The Edge

Release Date: 21 December 1994

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,307,850 (USA) (23 December 1994)

Gross: $6,798,240 (USA)

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Did You Know?

Mrs. Munchnik reads an issue of "Distress Magazine". In Le père Noël est une ordure, the suicide prevention hotline was called "SOS Distress".

[talking to caller on a suicide hotline]
Philip: May I put you on hold while I run to my desk? Uh... you're not calling from a bridge or holding a weapon, are you?
Hotline Caller: No.
Philip: Good.

User Review

Worked for Me


This film has met with some very negative reviews but in my view, 'Mixed Nuts' is an entertaining comedy following the "adventures" of a team of "lifesavers" who work at a suicide hotline. This film follows their adventures on Christmas Eve with characters like a homicidal pregnant woman, a transvestite, a murderer and a Santa Clause with a gun. It's much darker than you would expect from a Steve Martin film, especially since it's directed by the same woman who directed 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'You've Got Mail'. The cast has some familiar faces including Adam Sandler and a very young Haley Joel Osment pre-The Sixth Sense. I bought this film at a very cheap price at a clothes store (don't ask me why) that had a few films that featured major stars in unkown and probably bad films. I was in the mood for a comedy and this was the only one on the shelf and it seemed black, strange and comic and I'm a big fan of Steve Martin so I rushed to buy it and didn't get watching it for two days. When I finally took the opportunity to stick it in the player, I found a black yet sweet comedy with some of the biggest laughs that have came from my mouth all year. Of course, this film seems to have a lot of negative reviews but everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I can see why many people might not like this movie. So, if you're interested in seeing it: Rent it then, if you like it, go out and buy it because you'll be watching it a lot more.


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