New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.

  1. Mark Andrus

    Screenplay, Story

  2. James L. Brooks

    Director, Screenplay

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Status Released

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  • December 19, 1997
    PG-13, Theatrical
  • May 19, 1998
    PG-13, Physical

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 19m

Budget $50,000,000.00

Revenue $314,178,011.00

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