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USA: Artisan Entertainment
Cast: Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, Laura Dern, Elias Koteas, Scott Caan, Kevin Bacon, James Chisem, Christopher Glasgow, Lucina Paquet, Marcello Robinson, Lynne Thigpen
Director: David Atkins
USA & UK: 94 mins
USA Rated: R for violence, sexuality, language and drug content
UK Certificate: 15 contains some strong language and violence
USA Release Date: 16 November 2001
UK Release Date: 5 July 2002
NOVOCAINE, Artisan Entertainment's edgy, unpredictable crime thriller, stars Steve Martin as a prosperous dentist whose well-ordered existence is thrown into turmoil when an alluring new patient draws him into a seedy underworld of sex, drugs and murder. This stylish macabre film also stars Laura Dern, Helena Bonham Carter and Scott Caan, and marks the feature directorial debut of writer David Atkins.
Frank Sangster (Steve Martin) is living the American Dream. Blessed with a thriving dental practice and a sleek modernist home, Frank is happily engaged to his ambitious dental hygienist, Jean Noble (Laura Dern). His perfectly managed life quickly unravels, however, when Susan Ivy (Helena Bonham Carter), a seductive new patient with an appetite for painkillers, settles into his dentist chair. Before long, drugs are missing from his office, Susan's psychotic brother Duane (Scott Caan) is stalking him, and Frank himself is wanted by both the DEA and the police for drug trafficking and murder.
As he flees from authorities, Frank becomes increasingly drawn to Susan, and through her learns he is the victim of an elaborate con scheme, which may also involve his wayward brother, Harlan (Elias Koteas). Fueled by the desire to create a new life for himself and Susan, Frank plunges into a shadowy world of drugs and violence in order to prove his innocence, only to discover that breaking the law might provide his only hope for freedom!